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Old 01-02-2008, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Where the real happy cows reside!
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Are you happy with your Tricare coverage since retiring from the military? We don't live anywhere near a military installation so we would have to go with the Extra or Standard. Anyone have any experiences to share? We're not sure if we would be better paying each month for healthcare through my husband's employer or sticking with Tricare.

Appreciate any feedback.

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Old 01-03-2008, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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We moved to Maine; up here they have a civilian underwriter that you can shift to called: "Martin's Point".

We pay Martin's Point like $600-ish each year, visit co-pays, and $3 per script. We can go to the either of the local hospitals in town, our primary care physician is a civilian doctor.

It works out well for us.

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Old 01-04-2008, 02:58 PM
 
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My dad has Tricare and has been retired since 62 years old. He is now 91 and swears by it. He doesn't live near a military base. His doctors all take Tricare and every time he was in the hospital it cost him $5. He uses the mail order pharmacy.

We will be retiring in the spring and also plan to use Tricare. We took the USAA Tricare supplement, which costs around $60 a month.
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Old 01-04-2008, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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We looked around and it appeared that the local doctors were not all taking Tricare, which was why we went to Martins Point.

Just stay away from MilMed.

We really enjoy our civilian doctors.

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Old 01-04-2008, 04:18 PM
 
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We have Tricare, and have never had any doctor refuse it...we don't live close to any bases, either. Seems to work fine for us....
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:23 PM
 
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We have Tricare as well. Don't live near any military facility. Have had NO problem with doctors, treatment, meds, etc. Don't give it up.
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Where the real happy cows reside!
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Thanks for the replies. Did a lot more homework on it all and it seems like we have a lot of Dr's here who accept it. We're keeping it!
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Old 01-18-2008, 02:34 AM
 
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It stinks retired reserve have to wait until age 60 to use tricare. Sinse we have to wait until age 60 to draw the pay you would think they would give us tricare the day we retire.
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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It stinks retired reserve have to wait until age 60 to use tricare. Sinse we have to wait until age 60 to draw the pay you would think they would give us tricare the day we retire.
I have never understood the draw to be a part-timer.

One of my renter's is a part-timer, I have spoken with him many times about this. Even after eight years in the guard, he is still hesitant to go career active duty. I have advised him repeatedly to go active before he turns 35, retiring from active duty has much better benefits.

Even now our youngest son is in highschool. He has seen my example of retiring after a 20-year career. But the guard recruiters hit the highschool hard. and he has a large group of friends who have already joined the guard. So following his buddies, he has became enamoured by the part-timers.

I ask him, "okay so if you join the guard, what are you going to do for a living? $150 for a drill weekend will not support you."
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Old 07-22-2008, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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We live in the Minneapolis area - no military medical care. I have nothing but good things to say about TriCare!
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