You may be planning to have a child, or maybe you are already expecting one. Do you know what TRICARE covers for maternity and newborn care? Otherwise, the TRICARE Maternity Care Brochure contains information to help you learn more about maternity care services, delivery options, costs and newborn care.
“The TRICARE Maternity Care Brochure is a quick resource for recipients who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to consult throughout their pregnancy and early parenthood journey,” said Robert Agnello, deputy chief of digital communications at the Defense Health Agency.
Here is an overview of the contents of the brochure.
1. Covered maternity care services
TRICARE covers maternity care services that are medically necessary. You can see a list of many of these covered services in the “Maternity Care Coverage” section. Some services highlighted in the brochure include:
If you have TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select, additional childbirth and breastfeeding services, such as doulas and lactation specialists, are now available through the Childbirth and Breastfeeding Support Demonstration. Find out how you qualify and what support services are covered.
2. Obtain maternity care
Your guidelines for obtaining maternity care vary depending on your TRICARE health plan and beneficiary status. Where you live also matters. For example, do you live near a military hospital or a clinic offering maternity care services? Do you live in the United States or abroad? The chart on page 2 of the brochure provides a breakdown of health plans so you can see how you can get care based on your plan and location. Health plans highlighted in the brochure include:
If you plan to move during your pregnancy, some things may change regarding your maternity care options and providers in your new location. The brochure also explains how you can navigate a relocation.
3. Get a blanket for your newborn
Not only does the brochure provide details on how you get care, it outlines the rules on how you can get TRICARE coverage for your newborn, adopted, or court-appointed child. See the “Coverage for your new child” section for all the details. Topics include:
Be sure to check out the TRICARE Maternity Care Brochure for information to help you and your growing family. If you have any questions, be sure to contact your health care provider. You can also speak to your regional TRICARE contractor. After reviewing the brochure, complete the posting survey and share your feedback with us.
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