Part 2 will be Transitioning from Tricare to the VA
When you were on active duty, you used TRICARE. You may have received care at military hospitals and clinics or from TRICARE-authorized civilian providers. Now that you’re separated from active duty you may only be eligible for health care from Veteran’s Affairs (VA).
- While the Department of Defense and VA do have some joint programs and facilities, the VA is a separate health care program.
- If you’re retired from active duty, you may qualify for benefits from TRICARE and the VA together.
TRICARE and VA Benefit Comparison
You can compare health care benefits available through TRICARE and Veterans’ Affairs (VA) below.
|TRICARE Benefits||VA Benefits|
|Your services may vary depending on your health plan.||Your eligibility and copayment depend on:
|Your TRICARE health plan’s rules and costs will apply.|
|Type of Care||TRICARE Benefits||VA Benefits|
|Prescriptions||The TRICARE pharmacy program covers prescriptions. They’re available via military pharmacies, network pharmacies, and home delivery.||A VA provider must write the prescription. They’re generally only available under VA’s national formulary.|
|Dental Care||While on active duty, you get your care at dental treatment facilities or through the Active Duty Dental Program.
Family members and members of the National Guard or Reserve are eligible for the TRICARE Dental Program.
As a retiree, you can purchase care for you and your family through the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program.
|VA dental care rules differ a lot from the medical care rules. Visit www.va.gov for a list.
Note: If you’re a recently discharged veteran, you must apply to VA within 90 days of discharge. You may be able to get a one time correction of dental conditions. Some exceptions apply.
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