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DOD/DODOASHA RIN: 0720-AB82 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: TRICARE Coverage of Certain Medical Benefits in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic 

This interim final rule revised certain elements of the TRICARE program under 32 CFR part 199 to provide for additional flexibility in covering services and supplies related to the evaluation and treatment of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in order to ensure that TRICARE beneficiaries receive timely access to care that is medically necessary and appropriate. Understanding of and potential treatments for this illness are rapidly evolving and likely to impact a significant portion of the TRICARE population; the Defense Health Agency requires additional flexibilities to administer the TRICARE program during this exceptional pandemic situation. The changes in this rule will be effective for the period of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (ASD(HA)) will publish notice of the expiration of these benefits.  If the ASD(HA) determines it would be appropriate to make these changes permanent, the ASD(HA) will follow-up with final rulemaking. The timing of the next action related to this rule is not yet known.

Agency: Department of Defense(DOD)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 32 CFR 199   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301    10 U.S.C. ch. 55   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  09/03/2020  85 FR 54915   
Interim Final Rule Effective  09/03/2020 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  11/02/2020 
Final Action  To Be Determined 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Erica Ferron
Defense Health Agency, Medical Benefits and Reimbursement Division
Department of Defense
Office of Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs
16401 E Centretech Parkway,
Aurora, CO 80011-9066
Phone:303 676-3626