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Medicare

Are there Medicare benefits for military retirees and their dependents?

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  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered

    The Department of Defense's TRICARE for Life (TFL) plan provides medical coverage for Medicare-eligible armed services retirees (and even active duty military) and their dependents. You are eligible for TRICARE if you are over 65 and have Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance).

    TRICARE typically covers most of the costs not covered by Medicare. When you use a Medicare provider, Medicare pays for covered services and TRICARE pays Medicare co-payments (your share of medical costs) and deductibles (the amount you pay before Medicare kicks in).

    If you have TRICARE, you won’t need a Medicare prescription drug plan. If you already have one, you can coordinate drug coverage between TRICARE and your drug plan or a Medicare Advantage plan.

    For more information, call TRICARE Pharmacy Program at 1-877-363-1303 or online at www.tricare.mil/mybenefit.

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