TRICARE Medical Transportation Costs for 2022

August 9, 2023

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The new year brings annual cost changes for most TRICARE health care plans, including premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Check out the new 2022 costs before you sign up for TRICARE Open Season, which runs from Nov. 8 to Dec. 13.

If your condition requires a speedy admission to the hospital or indicates you can’t be transported by other means, an air ambulance may be covered under ECHO home health care (EHHC). The maximum annual program-year Government cost-share for an EHHC-eligible beneficiary is equal to the local wage-adjusted highest Medicare Resource Utilization Group (RUG-III) category cost.

Paramedic intercept services are reimbursed separately from ambulance transport when the beneficiary’s condition requires more advanced medical care than basic life support (BLS) ambulance paramedics can provide on the scene. The ambulance provider bills for the service using code A0998. For more information, visit our Ambulance Joint Response/Treat-and-Release Reimbursement page.

TRICARE beneficiaries who need long-term care are eligible for ECHO home health care (EHHC) and respite care (EHRC). The maximum annual program-year Government cost-share is equal to the local wage-adjusted high Medicare RUG-III category cost. TRICARE reserves the right to change or withdraw these benefits at any time.

The Director, TRICARE Management Activity or designee determines whether an individual qualifies for ECHO based on their current and past medical history, their level of functional loss or the extent of their disability, and any other factors that are applicable. An individual’s sponsor must register their family members for ECHO by completing the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System and submitting proof of eligibility to the Director, TRICARE Management Activity or designee.


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