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NEWS | Oct. 26, 2021

Annual TRICARE open season begins Nov. 8

TRICARE Communications

TRICARE open season is an annual period when you can enroll in or change health plans for the next year. Now is the time to think through whether you or your family members want to make changes to your current health, dental, and vision plan coverage.

Two open seasons run at the same time this fall: TRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits Open Season.

TRICARE Open Season applies to anyone enrolled in or eligible for TRICARE Prime (including the US Family Health Plan) or TRICARE Select.

Federal Benefits Open Season is for enrollment in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program, or FEDVIP. Both the TRICARE and FEDVIP open seasons begin on Nov. 8 and end on Dec. 13. Enrollment choices made during this period will take effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
To take part in TRICARE Open Season, you have three choices:

  • Stay in your plan: If you want to stay in your current TRICARE health plan, you don’t have to take any action. You’ll continue in your current health plan through 2022—or as long as you’re eligible.
  • Enroll in a plan: If you’re eligible for TRICARE Prime or Tricare Select but not enrolled, you can enroll in a plan now.
  • Change plans. If you’re already enrolled in a TRICARE Prime option or TRICARE Select, you can switch health plans and switch between individual and family enrollment.

Visit the TRICARE website for more information: Go to

TRICARE Open Season doesn’t apply to beneficiaries enrolled in the following premium-based plans: TRICARE Retired Reserve; TRICARE Reserve Select: TRICARE Young Adult; TRICARE for Life; Continued Health Care Benefit Program, or CHCBP.

Outside of TRICARE Open Season, you may only change plans if you experience a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event (QLE). Learn about QLEs at or download the TRICARE Qualifying Life Event Fact Sheet at