TRICARE Benefits: Chiropractic Coverage

Tricare Chiropractic Coverage

Tricare data update 12/21/2010.

Here is some information from Tricare regarding chiropractic coverage.

The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2001 established the Chiropractic Care Program, replacing the former Chiropractic Health Care Demonstration Program (CHCDP) that ended in Sept. 1999. A five-year phased-in implementation began in 2001.

Eligibility for the Tricare Chiropractic Care Program

Effective Oct. 1, 2001, the Chiropractic Care Program is available only to Active Duty Service Members and only at designated military treatment facilities (MTFs). Family members may be referred to non-chiropractic health care services (physical therapy, family practice or orthopedics) in the military health system or may seek chiropractic care in the local community at their own expense.

Update: 2007 Chiropractic Eligibility

* Active duty service members and activated National Guard or Reserve members must obtain chiropractic care at a designated MTF and must receive a referral from their primary care manager (PCM).

* Family members, retirees and their family members, unremarried former spouses and survivors are not eligible for this program. They may be referred to non-chiropractic health care services in the Military Health System (e.g., physical therapy or orthopedics) or may seek chiropractic care in the local community at their own expense.

Access to the Chiropractic Care Program

Active duty service members may be treated by a chiropractic provider for neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions if referred by their primary care manager (PCM) at one of the designated MTFs. The PCM will determine if specialty care (traditional or chiropractic care) is required. If chiropractic care is considered an option, the patient will undergo a screening process to rule out any medical conditions that would prohibit chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care received outside of the designated locations may not be covered under the Chiropractic Care Program.

Two local military facilities with chiropractic departments are:

Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Washington, DC 20307-5001
(202) 782-3501
Walter Reed Army Medical Center

National Naval Medical Center
Bethesda, MD 20889-5600
(301) 295-4611/4000
National Naval Medical Center

Looking for Tricare Chiropractic MTF Locations in Your State?

Chiropractic Health Care Program Locations:

U.S. Army Tricare Chiropractic Sites

Martin Army Hospital
William Beaumont Army Medical Center
Womack Army Medical Center
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital
Guthrie Ambulatory Health Care Clinic
249th General Hospital
Darnall Army Community Hospital
Moncrief Army Hospital
Ireland Army Community Hospital
General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital
Madigan Army Medical Center
Kimbrough Hospital
Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital
Irwin Army Community Hospital
Lyster Army Health Clinic
Reynolds Army Hospital
Wynn Army Community Hospital
Bassett Army Community Hospital
Vilseck Army Health Clinic
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
Tripler Army Medical Center
Walter Reed Army Medical Center

U.S. Navy Tricare Chiropractic Sites

Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital
Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital
Jacksonville Naval Air Station Naval Hospital
Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point Naval Hospital
Naval Health Clinic New England
National Naval Medical Center
Naval Health Clinic Hawaii
Naval Health Clinic Quantico
Naval Hospital Beaufort
Naval Hospital Bremerton
Naval Hospital Lemoore
Naval Hospital Okinawa
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Naval Medical Center San Diego
Naval Station Great Lakes
Pensacola Naval Air Station
Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital

U.S. Air Force Tricare Chiropractic Sites

Andrews Air Force Base
Barksdale Air Force Base
Davis Monthan Air Force Base
Eglin Air Force Base
Elmendorf Air Force Base
Keesler Air Force Base
Kirtland Air Force Base
Lackland Air Force Base
Langley Air Force Base
Luke Air Force Base
MacDill Air Force Base
Maxwell Air Force Base
McGuire Air Force Base
Offutt Air Force Base
Scott Air Force Base
Tinker Air Force Base
Travis Air Force Base
US Air Force Academy
Wright Patterson Air Force Base

Tricare Chiropractic Care

  • Mildred

    I really like your website and the helpful information!

  • Terry Eicher

    I would like to know if TriCare is ever going to add chiropractic care for dependents? My wife is in the Military and the options that are left for dependents are not adequate.

  • Lisa

    I don’t know that answer. It is best that you contact your local congressman’s office and prod them into action. You will get a definitive answer that way.