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Old 04-18-2019, 09:32 AM
Location: Forests of Maine
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We drive to an Air National Guard base every other week, my Dw gets cigarettes and booze on-base. Since she retired from the Commissary on-base, she is very familiar with the prices at the Commissary, and maybe once a month she goes to the Commissary when prices are 'right'.

At this base, the gate guards shifted a year ago to using a hand-held scanner to check ID cards.

We have never had any stickers on our ID cards here.
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Old 04-18-2019, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Poncho_NM View Post
That is what I was thinking/wondering...

I will have to check with the Boss when she gets back from her shopping, visiting, chores etc. I am retired military and we have been using some type of Tricare. Have not used a military medical facility in over 15 years (or so). Has been strictly civilian hospitals..
wondered about that also - I have Tricare and have never used the base clinic. I thought about it once and then tried to make an appointment - its crazy. So nope - have local doctor. I don't even use the VA.
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Old 04-18-2019, 09:43 AM
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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Originally Posted by m1a1mg View Post
Why do you have to go to the base for medical care? Use TRICARE Select.
Because I am on Tricare Prime. I have very little/no out of pocket costs other than the $45 monthly premium. If you are on Tricare Prime they force you to use the MTF if you live within 30 miles of the base.

You guys pay 20% of your costs don't you? I don't pay anything.

Now that my kids are grown I have considered Tricare Select and paying the extra costs to avoid the base (I still have a 19 year old daughter on my insurance).
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Old 04-18-2019, 10:37 AM
Location: Murrica
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I don’t pay anything if I don’t go though. Sounds like Prime isn’t doing you any favors.
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:19 AM
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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https://www.tricare.mil/ A lot of informative info, explains a lot (if you know the answers, which are easy to get)...

I have TRICARE For Life https://www.tricare.mil/Plans/HealthPlans/TFL
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Old Today, 05:42 PM
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That could be a tricky proposition. If your wife's insurance provider finds out you are Tricare eligible they may come back looking for money from you, as Tricare is probably primary and her insurance would be considered secondary. My wife's insurance is subordinate to Tricare since I am the member entitled for Tricare, vs being a dependent on my wife's insurance. I'm guessing the same would apply to you since you are Tricare eligible.
Government workers /retirees have the option for TRICARE or FEHB since both federally run - there is no requirement to have / use TRICARE as primary even if eligible. We are currently NOT on TRICARE although we are eligible. Normally TRICARE is less but my son is 23 and a full tine student so FEHB for family is significantly cheaper than TRICARE + TRICARE young adult (Actually FEHB is cheaper for family than just the TRICARE young adult because GOV picks up 80% even after retire). You can keep FEHB even after 65 but would be kind of silly at that point since TRICARE offers coverage no additional cost. A dependent on FEHB can be on the standard insurance up to 26.
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