Week of August 04, 2008
TRICARE coverage for military children normally ends at age 21. But full-time students enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education with a sponsor providing more than 50 percent of financial support may be eligible for TRICARE coverage until age 23, or when their full-time student status ends. Only family members of active duty or retired servicemembers are eligible for this benefit. To prevent a lapse in TRICARE coverage, TRICARE officials remind students to call or visit the nearest uniformed services ID card-issuing facility and ask about documentation needed to extend benefits beyond their 21st birthday. The nearest ID card-issuing facility can be located at Rapids Site Locator.