While the 189 facilities will stop taking walk-ins, beneficiaries can accomplish any administrative task online or by phone, said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren.
TRICARE service centers overseas are not affected, Warren said.
"The change will not -- let me repeat that --will not affect any TRICARE medical benefit or health care service," he said. "What it will do is allow the department to save $250 million over the next five years, allowing TRICARE to invest in more important services."
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