FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care reform law, requires you to maintain basic health care coverage—called minimum essential coverage. Beginning in 2014, if you don't have minimum essential coverage, you'll have to pay a fee for each month you aren’t covered. The TRICARE program is considered minimum essential coverage. If you’re using any of the following health plan options, you have the coverage required by the health care reform law: • TRICARE Prime • TRICARE For Life • TRICARE Prime Remote • TRICARE Reserve Select (if purchased) • TRICARE Prime Overseas • TRICARE Retired Reserve (if purchased) • TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas • TRICARE Young Adult (if purchased) • TRICARE Standard and Extra • U. S. Family Health Plan • TRICARE Standard Overseas Health Insurance Marketplace If you qualify for one of TRICARE’s purchased plan options, you only meet the requirements for minimum essential coverage if you purchase it. Be sure to check that you’re getting the most affordable coverage for you and your family that best meets your needs. Compare TRICARE’s purchased plan options with your employer’s health insurance or other civilian options offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Health Insurance Marketplace is a new way to find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. With one application, you can see all your options and enroll. Open enrollment began Oct. 1, 2013 with coverage beginning as early as Jan. 1, 2014. Search online or call (800) 318-2596 to learn more. Remember, most TRICARE health plan options already meet the requirements for minimum essential coverage.