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Old 05-08-2010, 12:31 PM
 
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I have heard several people state their doctors are refusing to take Medicare patients. They have a secondary insurance, but it will not pay if Medicare doesn't pay first.

Has anyone with Tricare for Life had a problem?
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Old 05-08-2010, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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I have heard several people state their doctors are refusing to take Medicare patients. They have a secondary insurance, but it will not pay if Medicare doesn't pay first.

Has anyone with Tricare for Life had a problem?
No problem Tricare picks up the difference. 12 years now, never paid a penny
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Old 05-08-2010, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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Medicare and Tricare reimbursements for doctors are tied together by congress. I believe it's just a matter of time before the problem of not accepting either will get much worse.
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Old 05-08-2010, 04:46 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Has anyone with Tricare for Life had a problem?
I have had Tricare Prime as retired military since 1990 with no problems. I really don't know what "Tricare for Life" is.
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Old 05-08-2010, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley,az summer/east valley Az winter
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Tricare for life and tricare prime ~ never hsad any problems except no prime in north Iowa~ tricare for life works excellent.
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Old 05-08-2010, 06:34 PM
 
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I have had Tricare Prime as retired military since 1990 with no problems. I really don't know what "Tricare for Life" is.
After you become Medicare Part A eligible and purchase Part B Tricare then becomes a secondary to Medicare (keep in mind if you do not purchase part B you will not have tricare anymore).
Pretty much you have 2 "insurances" and tricare would become secondary to Medicare. Since TFL kicked in from my understanding, my Grandma has not had to pay a penny when she goes to the Dr or hospital.
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Old 05-08-2010, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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I agree that Tricare and Tricare for life are great now.

My concern is who will accept them when the government robs from them to pay for expanded healthcare for others under the new law. There is already talk of reducing payouts to doctors under both programs by 25%.

Who will accept it then?
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Old 05-09-2010, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I have Tricare [well really a regional company that is underwritten by Tricare, called Martins Point] we have not seen any problems.
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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I agree that Tricare and Tricare for life are great now.

My concern is who will accept them when the government robs from them to pay for expanded healthcare for others under the new law. There is already talk of reducing payouts to doctors under both programs by 25%.

Who will accept it then?
Sounds like you are worrying about what MIGHT be. Anything MIGHT be.
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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I am pessimistic regarding our government and their many broken promises to retirees and veterans. My father was also retired military and in the day he and my mother had free dental, eye care and optical. Of course that went by the wayside like the Dodo.
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