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Learn about ECHO (Extended Care Health Option)

The Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) provides financial assistance to beneficiaries with  special needs for an integrated set of services and supplies. 

To use ECHO, qualified beneficiaries must: 


  • Be enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) through the sponsor’s  branch of service. Sometimes, enrollment in the EFMP may be waived, for example  when the sponsor’s branch of service doesn’t provide the EFMP, or when the beneficiary  resides with the custodial parent who isn’t the active duty sponsor. Contact your  regional contractor for more information. 
  • Register for ECHO with case managers in each TRICARE region 




The following beneficiaries who are diagnosed with moderate or severe intellectual disability, a  serious physical disability, or an extraordinary physical or psychological condition may qualify for ECHO: 

  • Active duty family members 
  • Family members of activated National Guard/Reserve members 
  • Family members who are covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
  • Children or spouses of former service members who are victims of abuse and qualify for  the Transitional Compensation Program 
  • Family members of deceased active duty sponsors while they are considered  “transitional survivors.” 
  • The qualifying family member’s disability must be entered properly in DEERS to have  access to ECHO services. 


Children may remain eligible for ECHO beyond the usual age limits in some circumstances. If  you or your provider believes a qualifying condition exists, talk to a case manager or with your  regional contractor to determine eligibility for ECHO benefits. 


Contact Information 


If you need help with ECHO benefits or want to see if you qualify, please contact your contractor: Se below for a list of Services ion your region.


East Humana Military Healthcare Services 


West Health Net 


US Family Health Plan Member Services Representative 


Overseas International SOS 

Country-Specific Toll-Free Numbers



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