Originally Posted by mbhf
Tricare pays about $1500 for the birth (depending on where you live the amount varies slightly, or so I hear) regardless of birth location but they will also pay for prenatal visits, my last tricare covered birth they paid either $180 or $360 for each prenatal
This was how it worked in my experience too, at least in Kansas. My CNM was already a network provider, and since the area I was in at the time of my delivery didn't have a military care facility that handled births, I was able to choose her and a homebirth without a grumble from Tricare at all. Even when I ended up transferring to the hospital for a vacuum assist (tightening true knot in the cord during descent caused mec and decels), Tricare paid the CNM her birth fee of $1800 as well as her separately billed prenatal visits, and the hospital/doctor got paid as well.
In this state, trying to get Tricare to pay for an a homebirth made my head swim with the rigmarole, though I've heard some people managed it. Thankfully, I was able to switch to Standard and am going to deliver at the nearby birth center, which is the next best thing for us.