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Medically Necessary Food Coverage Update

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Medically necessary food is covered by TRICARE when prescribed for dietary management of a covered disease or condition. Covered diseases or conditions include: 

  • Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM)
  • Medical conditions of malabsorption 
  • Pathologies of the alimentary tract of the gastrointestinal tract
  • A neurological or physiological condition

This is a limited benefit and prior authorization is required. Please refer to the Medically Necessary Foods/Nutritional Counseling Letter of Attestation, which has been updated to include the most recent benefit details.  

For more information on medically necessary foods, visit our Nutritional Therapy page and the TRICARE Policy Manual (Chapter 8, Section 7.2).