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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Clinical Trials

Friday, December 18, 2020

Participation in clinical trials can offer eligible TRICARE beneficiaries more options for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) treatment and recovery support. Effective retroactively beginning Oct. 30, 2020, TRICARE benefits are available to beneficiaries selected to participate in Phase I, II, III and IV National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)-sponsored COVID-19 clinical trials. Coverage will continue through the end of the President’s National Emergency.

Locating Clinical Trials

To be eligible for this TRICARE benefit, clinical trials must be NIAID-sponsored. Locate eligible clinical trials by visiting the U.S. National Library of Medicine Database at ClinicalTrials.gov and the NIAID website at www.niaid.nih.gov. If you are uncertain as to whether a particular clinical trial is NIAID-sponsored, please contact NIAID at 1-800-411-1222.

Covered Services

  • Phase I, Phase II, Phase III and Phase IV COVID-19 clinical trials sponsored by NIAID for the prevention, screening, early detection, and treatment of COVID-19 and its associated aftereffects (e.g., cardiac and pulmonary complications).
  • Medical care and testing required to determine clinical trial eligibility and as a result of participation. Covered services include: inpatient care, outpatient care; diagnostic and laboratory services; and rehabilitation and home health services.


TRICARE beneficiaries must meet entry criteria for the clinical trial’s phase of treatment. Specific to Phase I, the attending physician, primary care manager or specialist must refer the beneficiary to the trial. Only TRICARE-authorized providers may administer treatment. Please review TRICARE Policy Manual, Ch. 7, Sec. 24.2 for complete details. 

Beneficiaries enrolled in an eligible COVID-19 clinical trial during the national emergency will remain covered for the duration of that clinical trial, even if the national emergency has ended, so long as TRICARE requirements are met.


Normal TRICARE eligibility, reimbursement, copayments, cost-shares, and deductibles apply. 

Additional Information

Learn more about the actions underway to combat COVID-19 at www.niaid.nih.gov and www.nih.gov

Visit our Benefits A–Z section for additional benefit details and our COVID-19 resources page for TRICARE updates related to COVID-19.