Common Terms & Acronyms

Common Terms and Acronyms

Tax Identification Number (TIN)

A number assigned by the Internal Revenue Service that identifies a business as responsible for the filing and paying of its taxes.

Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP)

A program that provides health care for certain uniformed services members (and eligible family members) who separate from active duty.

TRICARE Dental Program (TDP)

A voluntary dental insurance program available to eligible active duty family members and members of the National Guard and Reserve and/or their families. Visit our TRICARE Dental Programs page for more information.

TRICARE Dual-Eligible Fiscal Intermediary Contract (TDEFIC)

Serves beneficiaries who are eligible for Medicare and TRICARE.

TRICARE Extra

A TRICARE option similar to a preferred provider organization. TRICARE Standard beneficiaries who choose to see a network provider will use the TRICARE Extra option and save on their cost-shares.

TRICARE For Life (TFL)

TRICARE's Medicare-wraparound coverage available to all Medicare-eligible TRICARE beneficiaries, regardless of age or place of residence, as long as they have Medicare Parts A and B. Visit the Defense Health Agency's TRICARE For Life page for detailed information regarding this plan and its guidelines.

TRICARE Plus

A program that allows beneficiaries normally only able to get care at a military treatment facility (MTF) on a space-available basis to enroll and receive primary care appointments at the MTF within the same primary care access standards as beneficiaries enrolled in a TRICARE Prime option.

TRICARE Prime

A managed care option similar to a civilian health maintenance organization. TRICARE Prime beneficiaries have a primary care manager. TRICARE Prime may require a prior authorization and/or referral for specialty care. Visit the Defense Health Agency's TRICARE Prime page for detailed information regarding this plan.

TRICARE Prime Remote (TPR)

A TRICARE Prime plan for active duty service members who are assigned to duty stations in remote areas. Visit the Defense Health Agency's TRICARE Prime Remote page for more information.

TRICARE Prime Remote for Active Duty Family Members (TPRADFM)

A TRICARE Prime plan for active duty family members only. Visit the Defense Health Agency's TRICARE Prime Remote page for more information.

TRICARE Region

A geographic area determined by the federal government for civilian contracting of medical care and other services for TRICARE-eligible beneficiaries. TRICARE is divided into three regions: North, South and West.

TRICARE Regional Office (TRO)

A division of the Defense Health Agency (DHA) that oversees the health care delivery system in the three United States TRICARE regions: North, South and West. 

TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS)

A premium-based TRICARE health plan available for purchase by qualified members of the Selected Reserves. The Selected Reserves include the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Visit the Defense Health Agency's TRICARE Reserve Select page for more information.

TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR)

A premium-based TRICARE health plan available for purchase by qualified retired National Guard and Reserve members. Visit the Defense Health Agency's TRICARE Retired Reserve page for more information.

TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP)

A voluntary dental insurance program available to retired service members and their eligible family members. Visit the Defense Health Agency's TRICARE Dental Programs page for more information.

TRICARE Standard

A fee-for-service plan that allows Department of Defense (DoD)-eligible beneficiaries to see any TRICARE-authorized network or non-network provider. Beneficiaries pay an annual deductible and a cost-share. Visit the Defense Health Agency's TRICARE Standard page for detailed information regarding these plans.

TRICARE Young Adult (TYA)

A premium-based TRICARE health plan available for purchase by qualified dependents under the age of 26 who become ineligible for other TRICARE plans once the dependent reaches age 21, or age 23 if he or she is a full-time college student. Visit the Defense Health Agency's TRICARE Young Adult page for more information.