Prevent delay, update TRICARE today
By Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak, 86th Airlift Wing
/ Published January 26, 2021
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --
Out of the nearly 3,000 service members who arrived at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in 2020, more than 450 members and their families have not enrolled in the TRICARE Overseas Program. Checking off this simple administrative task can save time and money in the long run.
While members must perform a mini-registration for COVID-19 testing, this does not automatically enroll members with the facility. To prevent delays and unnecessary costs for medical treatment, all service members and their families must intentionally enroll in the TRICARE Overseas Program within 90 days of arrival at Ramstein.
If members don’t enroll within 90 days of arrival, the command sponsored active-duty family members will be defaulted to TOP Select coverage, which includes annual outpatient deductibles.
TOP Select is a self-managed, preferred-provider option for those who are not enrolled in TOP Prime, which means the family members will be “space available” in Ramstein’s Medical Clinic.
For those wanting to enroll in TOP Prime there are two ways: in person and virtually. To lessen foot traffic within the facility, virtual is the preferred option.
In Person: Members can go to the clinic and enroll in person. Take a copy of your orders and a completed enrollment form.
Virtually: Send an encrypted email with a copy of your orders and the enrollment forms to the following inbox: email@example.com.
For more information about enrollment you can contact the Ramstein Tricare at 06371-46-2557 or DSN 479-2557.