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a health care insurance system for military dependents and members of the military services that covers care not available through the usual U.S. military medical service or public health service facilities. CHAMPUS was the first federal third-party reimbursement system to pay for care rendered by nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners. Formerly called Civilian Health and Medical Programs for Uniformed Services.
Health insurance coverage provided by the U.S. Department of Defense for military personnel and their dependents when governmental medical facilities are not available: covers active or retired members of all branches of the military service plus the Public Health Service, NOAA, and dependents of military personnel killed on active duty. Formerly known as CHAMPUS/CHAMPVA (q.v.).
A health insurance plan providing coverage to current and retired members of the U.S. armed forces. Website: www.tricare.mil