TRICARE and VA Dual Eligibility
When leaving active duty, Service members may be entitled to or eligible for benefits offered by TRICARE and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), depending on whether the Service member retires or separates. If retiring, the Service member is eligible for TRICARE as a military retiree and may also be eligible for certain VA benefits. Service members who separate due to a service-connected disease or disability may be eligible for VA benefits and certain TRICARE benefits.
DFAS will provide IRS Form 1095-C to all U.S. military members, and IRS Form 1095-B to all Retirees, Annuitants, former Spouses and all other individuals having TRICARE coverage during all or any portion of tax year 2018. An IRS Form 1095 documents you (and your Family members, if applicable) have the minimum essential coverage. These forms will document the information that DFAS will provide to the IRS on yourself and your authorized Family members. The forms will be required to be reported with your 2018 federal tax return. DFAS will provide you with IRS Form 1095 series forms no later than 31 January 2019.
Falls Church, VA, December 5, 2019 - TRICARE recently expanded coverage for beneficiaries who meet certain criteria. Coverage now includes: concurrent pediatric hospice and curative care, portable continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, and platelet rich plasma injections.
WASHINGTON, December 4, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, introduced VA Solid Start which will proactively contact all newly separated service members at least three times during their first year of transition from the military.