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TRICARE 101 helps beneficiaries get familiar with TRICARE terms, options, plans, and more. Whether new to TRICARE or already a TRICARE plan enrollee, learning the basics can help beneficiaries make informed choices and take command of their health. 

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TRICARE 101 includes information to help beneficiaries understand plan choices and the differences between plans. After a QLE, they may be eligible to chose between TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select. This chart explains how they differ. 

 A health maintenance organization (or HMO)-style plan available when living in a stateside Prime Service Area A preferred provider organization (or PPO)-style plan available when living anywhere stateside
Get most of your care coordinated through your primary care manager Manage your own health care and choose your own TRICARE-authorized providers
Referrals required for specialty care and certain other services Referral not required for most services 
Pre-authorization for some services Pre-authorization for some services
No deductible applies. Copayments apply for beneficiaries, except active duty service members and their family members Deductible, copayments, and cost-shares apply

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