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Old 12-02-2018, 08:55 PM
 
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So in a few months I'll be on Medicare. But I haven't found good real-world, practical information about how it meshes with Tricare.

What have been some of the experiences here? Does Tricare work as Medigap coverage?
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Old 12-02-2018, 09:02 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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So in a few months I'll be on Medicare. But I haven't found good real-world, practical information about how it meshes with Tricare.

What have been some of the experiences here? Does Tricare work as Medigap coverage?
My wife handles it. She says "Medicare pays an amount and Tricare pays the remaining balance. It does not cover dental or vision..."

This site has more details:

How Do TRICARE® and Medicare Work Together? Posted by Medicare Made Clear: https://blog.medicaremadeclear.com/b...-work-together
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Old 12-02-2018, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Make sure you sign up for and pay for Medicare parts A and B.
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Old 12-02-2018, 09:39 PM
 
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You need to have medicare A and B to keep the tricare benefits.


It changes to "tricare for life", and functions as a good medigap with an included good drug plan.
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:28 PM
 
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Tricare for Life works really well. It is nice not to need referrals for specialists; to merely call and make an appointment. DMEs are really easy to obtain as long as Medicare covers your needs, Tricare for Life picks up the rest very smoothly. If you are near an military installation it is very easy to drop by and meet with someone who can explain everything for you.
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Old 12-04-2018, 07:21 AM
 
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Thanks, folks. Good information.
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Old 12-04-2018, 05:50 PM
 
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Pharmacy costs much less if you have nearby onbase pharmacy.
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:07 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Pharmacy costs much less if you have nearby onbase pharmacy.
I guess it depends. My local military pharmacy is a 45 minute, 24 mile drive one way. I would have to order some of my prescriptions, which would take 2 to 3 weeks to receive (Last time I used them).

I am on Medicare and Tricare, which has covered all my prescriptions which have always been available quickly, less than a 15 minute drive. If the local hospital which I use does not have them, there are several local pharmacies which can fill my prescription...


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Pharmacy

The TRICARE Pharmacy Program provides the prescription drugs you need, when you need them, in a safe, easy, and affordable way.

TRICARE's prescriptions are managed through the pharmacy contractor, Express Scripts.

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Download the free Mobile App
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Pharmacy costs much less if you have nearby onbase pharmacy.
Or can get meds at VA.
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Old 12-10-2018, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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My wife handles it. She says "Medicare pays an amount and Tricare pays the remaining balance. It does not cover dental or vision..."

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How Do TRICARE® and Medicare Work Together? Posted by Medicare Made Clear: https://blog.medicaremadeclear.com/b...-work-together
I am 59 a military retiree, my wife is 53 we have Tricare Prime which costs about $50/month
At the point when we are both over 65 and have elected Medicare part B we will pay about 150/month for each of us?


This is what I anticipate from researching Tricare and Medicare


I will enroll a few months before 65


Medicare A covers inhospital/inpatient care and is free


Medicare B covers outpatient care and will cost around 130 to 150 ? per month
every year after one waits or procrastinates enrolling for part B the price goes up 10% or so and you will pay that penalty for the rest of your life


After enrolling in Medicare I will then be on Tricare for life which will be free and will basically be a secondary insurer and pay my Medicare copays and cover Pharmacy or Part D




So currently I pay 50/month but at 65 I will pay 150/month...I think?
I guess I will still pay 50/mo for my wife until she turns 65 then...
We will both have Medicare part B at 150/mo


also I think today is the last day to enroll in retiree dental which I have done.
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