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Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP)

The Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) offers transitional TRICARE coverage to certain separating active duty members and their eligible family members. TRICARE eligibility under the TAMP is good for up to 180 days. Care is available for a limited time. The following is a summary of the TAMP program:

The Four Categories for TAMP are:

  • Members involuntarily separated from active duty and their eligible family members;
  • National Guard and Reserve members, collectively known as the Reserve Component (RC), separated from active duty after being called up or ordered in support of a contingency operation for an active duty period of more than 30 days and their family members
  • Members separated from active duty after being involuntarily retained in support of a contingency operation and their family members; and
  • Members separated from active duty following a voluntary agreement to stay on active duty for less than one year in support of a contingency mission and their family members.

Active duty sponsors and family members enrolled in TRICARE Prime who desire to continue their enrollment upon the sponsor's separation from active duty status are required to reenroll.  To reenroll, the sponsor or family member must complete and submit a TRICARE Prime enrollment application. 

Under TAMP, former active duty sponsors, former activated reservists, and family members of both are not eligible to enroll or reenroll in TRICARE Prime Remote or in TRICARE Prime Remote for Active Duty Family Members because both programs require the sponsor to be on active duty.  Under the TAMP, the sponsor is no longer on active duty and is treated as an active duty family member for benefits and cost sharing purposes. 

TRICARE Prime Enrollment and Reenrollment

Initial enrollment in TRICARE Prime occurs during the TAMP period

- Family members whose applications are received through the 20th of the month are enrolled the first day of the next month. Family members whose applications are received after the 20th of the month are enrolled the month that follows. For example, if the application is received June 20, TRICARE Prime coverage for the family member begins July 1. If the application is received June 21, coverage for the family member begins Aug. 1.

Reenrollment in TRICARE Prime during the TAMP period

- Members and their eligible family members who want to retain TRICARE Prime, must complete an application to reenroll in TRICARE Prime. This reenrollment form will ensure that TRICARE Prime coverage continues with no break in coverage.

New Dental Benefits for Guard and Reserve

National Guard and Reserve members separating from active duty after an activation of greater than 30 days in support of a contingency operation may now receive the same dental care benefits as active duty service members. The TRICARE Active Duty Dental Program (ADDP) now provides coverage to these members in the Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP).

ADDP beneficiaries receive active duty dental benefit services as long as the referral and/or authorization requirements are met prior to receipt of care. Authorizations will not be granted for any dental care procedure that cannot be completed within their 180-day maximum TAMP period.

Eligibility is verified by ADDP contractor United Concordia Companies, Inc. using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). All TRICARE beneficiaries are advised to keep their enrollment information updated in DEERS; if eligibility cannot be confirmed, ADDP dental care will be denied.

TAMP provides 180 days of transitional health care benefits to help certain uniformed services members and their families transition to civilian life. Benefits begin the day after the service member is separated from active duty. Family members and dependents are not eligible for ADDP benefits under TAMP, but remain eligible to purchase coverage through the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP). Service members receiving benefits under TAMP are ineligible for the TDP until the end of the 180-day transitional benefit period.

TAMP Eligibility

Eligibility for the TAMP for sponsors and family members is determined by the sponsor's Service branch and information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. Sponsors may verify eligibility for themselves and their family members by visiting or contacting the nearest military identification card issuing facility or contacting the Defense Manpower Data Center Support Office toll free at  (800) 538-9552. For additional TRICARE benefit information, sponsors and family members may visit the TRICARE Website. They also may contact their regional managed care support contractor or TRICARE Service Center representative. A list of the regional toll-free numbers is available on the TRICARE Website at


Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP)

After the TAMP eligibility expires, members and eligible family members may choose to enroll in CHCBP. CHCBP provides a conversion health plan similar to TRICARE Standard for a specific time (18 months) to former service members and their families who pay quarterly premiums. Eligible persons must enroll in the CHCBP within 60 days after separation from active duty or loss of eligibility for military health care under TAMP.

For more information about CHCBP, interested parties may check with a beneficiary counseling and assistance coordinator or call the contractor that runs the program toll free at (800) 444-5445. They can also refer to the CHCBP page of the TRICARE Website, or write to:

Humana Military Healthcare Services, Attn: CHCBP
P.O. Box 740072 
Louisville, KY 40201.

Detailed information regarding the CHCBP is available online at Eligibility for CHCBP is determined through the military personnel offices.

Voluntary Separation Benefits

Service members who voluntarily separate under the Special Separation Benefit (SSB) or the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) options will be entitled to all of the benefits provided for involuntarily separated members. Members who choose the SSB or VSI options (and their families) may continue their health benefits by enrolling in CHCBP.


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