Before military friends and family hop on the next flight to Europe for a summer vacation, they should take into consideration what type of health insurance is needed while overseas.
Only children of active-duty members assigned overseas are eligible for Tricare Europe Prime if visiting for more than 60 days, according to a Tricare statement.
Tricare recommends children remain enrolled in their stateside Tricare Region for shorter visits.
Also, after vacationing, remember to disenroll with the Tricare Service Center and return to the Prime or Standard coverage in the States.
Children of retirees are not eligible for Europe Prime. Also, other nondependent family members and friends are not eligible for Europe Prime. These vacationers should either check to see if their current health-care provider covers them while overseas or purchase temporary travel insurance.
Medicare does not pay for care received overseas under any circumstances.
For information about Tricare, see www.europe.tricare.osd.mil or stop by your local Tricare Service Center.