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TRICARE to Let Military Families Get Urgent Care without Preapproval

April 23, 2016

TRICARE shinySome TRICARE users will soon be allowed to use in-network urgent care providers without receiving any authorization under a new TRICARE pilot program set to start May 23, according to policy documents released Tuesday.

The three-year pilot, ordered by Congress as part of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, will allow most TRICARE users two urgent care visits per beneficiary, per fiscal year without official authorization from a provider or official. After those two visits have been used, beneficiaries can continue to use urgent care as long as they receive a referral.

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