Keeping America's Veterans, TRICARE and CHAMPVA Eligible Veterans Informed regarding TRICARE and CHAMPVA. The Veteran Benefits Journal disseminates information regarding Veteran Services, TRICARE and CHAMPVA. Several times each year, we review all Military Association TRICARE SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE and CHAMPVA SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE PLANS for changes regarding rates, deductibles and other changes which can impact your coverage. Be sure to review the TRICARE Supplemental Insurance Comparison and the CHAMPVA Supplemental Insurance Comparison.

  • Many military associations and private companies offer TRICARE supplemental insurance policies.  Unlike other health insurance, which pays first for health care services (before TRICARE pays), supplemental insurance pays after TRICARE pays its portion of the bill, reimbursing you for out-of-pocket medical expenses paid to civilian providers based on the plan's policies.

    Each TRICARE supplemental insurance plan has its own rules regarding eligibility, benefits covered, pre-existing medical conditions, cost shares, deductibles and procedures for claims processing.  Carefully consider your health care needs and the health care needs of your family before purchasing a TRICARE supplemental insurance plan.  

  • A high-level overview about TRICARE's organization, plans and eligibility requirements.TriCare Overview

    What is TRICARE?
    A quick overview about TRICARE's history and organization.

    See who's eligible and how to update your personal information in DEERS.

    TRICARE Regions
    Get information about the TRICARE regions.

    TRICARE Plans
    Review general information about each TRICARE plan.

    Get important enrollment information.

    Plan Wizard
    Find out which TRICARE options you may be eligible for.

    Compare Plans
    Compare two health plan options side by side.

    Special Programs
    Learn about other DoD and TRICARE programs you may be eligible for.

  • CHAMPVA OverviewThe Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health care program in which the VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries. The program is administered by Health Administration Center and our offices are located in Denver, Colorado.

    Due to the similarity between CHAMPVA and the Department of Defense (DoD) TRICARE program (sometimes referred to by its old name, CHAMPUS) the two are often mistaken for each other. CHAMPVA is a Department of Veterans Affairs program whereas TRICARE is a regionally managed health care program for active duty and retired members of the uniformed services, their families, and survivors. In some cases a veterans may look to be eligible for both/either program on paper. However, if you are a military retiree, or the spouse of a veteran who was killed in action, you are and will always be a TRICARE beneficiary, you can´t choose between the two.