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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (March 15, 2020) — A new report by OPEN MINDS, TRICARE Behavioral Health Benefits & Autism Care Demonstration: An OPEN MINDS Reference Guide, found that there were 9.5 million TRICARE beneficiaries worldwide as of 2019. Of those 9.5 million, 8.9 million (95%) receive TRICARE services in the U.S., while 515,832 are served internationally. Enrollment is up slightly from 2016, when 9.4 million individuals were enrolled in TRICARE.

The report—which provides an overview and state-by-state breakdown of TRICARE enrollment for 2019—outlines the comprehensive physical health, mental health, and addiction treatment benefits for which all TRICARE beneficiaries are eligible, regardless of health plan. In addition to this, the report includes detailed information about the TRICARE Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, which runs from 2014 through 2023.

“According to our recent analysis on the SMI population, about 2% of TRICARE beneficiaries (or 575,575) are diagnosed with a serious mental illness—however, our team believes this number is likely underreported” said Michelle Coughlin-Malak, Vice President, Market Intelligence, OPEN MINDS. “As a result, there are significant opportunities for provider organizations who are, or who are seeking to, serve this population. Although TRICARE requires active duty members to seek services for non-emergencies at military clinics or hospitals first, they can still receive care from other facilities with the appropriate referrals and prior authorizations.”

A free summary analysis of the report can be found at: Are You Missing An Opportunity To Serve Millions Of TRICARE Beneficiaries? The report, TRICARE Behavioral Health Benefits & Autism Care Demonstration: An OPEN MINDS Reference Guide, is available at no charge to Premium and Elite members of The OPEN MINDS Circle and can be purchased in the OPEN MINDS shop for $295.

For additional questions and inquiries, please contact Michelle Coughlin-Malak, Vice President, Market Intelligence, OPEN MINDS at 717-334-1329 or


OPEN MINDS is an award-winning information source, executive education provider, and business solutions firm specializing in the domains of health and human services serving consumers with chronic conditions and complex support needs. For thirty years, we’ve been pioneers for change – helping organizations implement the transformational business practices they need to succeed in an evolving market with new reimbursement, competition, policies, and regulations.

OPEN MINDS is powered by a national team of experienced executives and subject matter experts with specific expertise and experience in nine key market areas – mental health, addictions, chronic conditions, autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities, long-term care, children’s services, social services, juvenile justice, and corrections health care. Our mission is to improve the quality of care for consumers with complex support needs by improving the effectiveness of those serving them – provider organizations, payer and insurance organizations, government agencies, pharmaceutical organizations, and technology firms. Learn more at

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