The following are qualifying conditions under ECHO:
TRICARE ECHO requires all eligible beneficiaries do the following:
For more information about the EFMP, Department of Defense beneficiaries may visit the Military Homefront Website. U.S. Coast Guard beneficiaries should contact the Work-Life staff at their nearest Integrated Support Command to inquire about the Coast Guard Special Needs Program.
In addition to coverage received via the primary TRICARE plan, TRICARE ECHO benefits may include:
For certain benefits, ECHO requires recipients to first use public funds and facilities to the extent that they are available and adequate.
Under ECHO, sponsors must pay part of the monthly-authorized expenses for their family members, based on their pay grade, ranging from $25 to $75 a month for all enlisted and most officers.
The program was originally authorized in Section 701(g) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (Public Law 107-107) and is codified in law in 10 USC 1079 (d) through (g). Department of Defense regulations for the ECHO program are found at 32 CFR 199.5 after being published in the August 20, 2004 Federal Register (69 FR 51559).
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