First, congratulations on the addition to your family. This is an exciting and, as I’m sure I will soon find out, exhausting time in your lives! In order to ensure that the baby is covered under Tricare, there are a few steps that you need to take.
Enroll the baby in DEERS by visiting the closest RAPIDS site (you can search for the closest office by clicking the link). You will need an original birth certificate or hospital proof of live birth as well as a completed Form DD 1172. This will allow the baby to be entered into the system as your newest Army dependent. This will automatically ensure the baby is covered under Tricare Standard at the end of 60 days if you do not do anything else. If you do not register the baby in DEERS within 365 days, the system will show a “loss of eligibility” for the baby.
The baby is covered under Tricare for the first 60 days after birth, regardless of if you enroll him. If you would like for the baby to be enrolled in Tricare Prime, you need to complete a Prime enrollment form and submit it before the first 60 days of the baby’s life pass by. This form can be faxed or mailed. It MUST be done within the first 60 days in order to avoid a lapse in coverage.
If your soldier has a CAC card or a DFAS pin number (for MyPay), the form can be completed online at Tricare’s website. Again, be sure this is done within the first 60 days of the baby’s birth.
Children do not need an ID until they reach age 10. At that time, you can proceed to the nearest office to have their ID made. In the meantime, you will have a separate Tricare insurance card for them since they won’t have an ID to serve in this purpose.
It is helpful to also bring in the newborn’s social security card when you enroll him in DEERS. If you have not received it yet when he is enrolled, he will be assigned a temporary identification number which is valid for 90 days. The parents must supply a social security number before the 90 day window expires or the child will lose coverage until it is provided.
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