Limits on Tricare for Reservists: Frequently Asked Questions [Updated January 26, 2021]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Summary: "Between 2001 and 2007, more than 575,000 members of the reserve components were ordered to active duty in support of ongoing military operations, including major combat operations in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom), Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom). While on active duty, reservists and their family members have access to a wide range of health care services administered by the Department of Defense's (DOD) Military Health System (MHS). However, prior to 2005, chapter 55 of Title 10, U.S. Code, authorized little to no DOD health care services to nonactivated reservists or their family members. In 2005, Congress began examining initial impacts of frequent mobilizations on reservists, their families, and their employers. Soon after, Congress enacted a series of new or expanded health care, transitional, and other personnel benefits to mitigate certain effects associated with reserve mobilizations. Two health care programs tailored for reservists were established: [1] TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS)--a premium-based health plan option available to qualified members of the Selected Reserve and their family members; and [2] TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR)--a premium-based health plan option available to so-called 'gray area' reservists--those who have retired but are too young to draw retired pay--and their family members."

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CRS Report for Congress, R45968
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