There are special benefits that exist to help Servicemembers making the transition from Active Duty military service to the Reserves, or to separation. Many time as people come off the battlefield and separate from Active Duty they have particular situations that are unique to people coming off of military duty. There are specific identified TRICARE medical benefits that have been designed to assist our Servicemembers completing their terms of enlistment, or as they transition from the Active Duty Military to an active or inactive reservist unit.
The Transitional Assistance Management Program is a program that is specially designed to help people in these types of situations. The program provides transitional health care benefits to uniformed Servicemembers for 180 days after they separate. The TAMP benefits are also available to their dependents at the same level of service they were experiencing just before separation.
For those Servicemembers who qualify the benefits start on the first day of the Servicemembers separation. If the Servicemember elects to use the benefits for TRICARE prime then they must reside in a TRICARE prime serviced area, either in the United States of Overseas. To qualify for services a Servicemember must be: A Reservist or Air National Guard member leaving active duty after more than 30 days consecutively serving as a contingency support Servicemember, separating after being held in the service due to Stop loss operations, or be separating following a added agreement to stay on active duty for a year or less in support of a military contingent operation.
Transitional Assistance is not for everyone and not everyone qualifies. But for reservists especially it is an attractive benefit that fills the gap that was left previously when a Servicemember would serve and then return, and be without medical insurance coverage. It is not a stopgap measure but one that was designed to help support returning Servicemembers and reservists as they transition to civilian life.
For others that do not qualify for Transitional Assistance then there are other programs in TriCare, some of which have a nominal cost, to help those who are returning from active duty. Other programs such as TriCare Reserve Select, one of the three main TriCare Programs, or Continued Health Care Benefit Program, all of which offer varying amounts of coverage.