TRICARE Health Insurance

  • carew28

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    Apr 09, 2014 8:50 PM GMT
    Tricare is the health insurance for military retirees. I'd previously put in 3 years in the Army, followed by 18 years in the National Guard. I turned 60 last year, and I'm told that I'm now eligible for standard Tricare, as a secondary health-insurance, to pay medical bills that my employer-provided Blue Cross insurance won't pay in full. (Blue Cross about 2 years ago imposed a $2,000 annual deductible, which is horrible, because the biweekly premium is $133, the copays are about $30 per visit, dental insurance costs extra, and now this).

    I've never used Tricare before, and don't know much about it. I haven't received any information about it from the Military Retirement Office, or from the Veterans' Administration. When I got a retired military I.D. card, I was told that it would double as a Tricare card, with the same I.D. number. Has anyone on this forum had any experience with Tricare ? How did it work, and what do you think of it ? Thanks for any information that you can provide.
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    Apr 09, 2014 10:15 PM GMT
    carew28 saidTricare is the health insurance for military retirees. I'd previously put in 3 years in the Army, followed by 18 years in the National Guard. I turned 60 last year, and I'm told that I'm now eligible for standard Tricare, as a secondary health-insurance, to pay medical bills that my employer-provided Blue Cross insurance won't pay in full. (Blue Cross about 2 years ago imposed a $2,000 annual deductible, which is horrible, because the biweekly premium is $133, the copays are about $30 per visit, dental insurance costs extra, and now this).

    I've never used Tricare before, and don't know much about it. I haven't received any information about it from the Military Retirement Office, or from the Veterans' Administration. When I got a retired military I.D. card, I was told that it would double as a Tricare card, with the same I.D. number. Has anyone on this forum had any experience with Tricare ? How did it work, and what do you think of it ? Thanks for any information that you can provide.

    Not much info, but -
    I don't think you will ever hear anything from DOD or the VA - you will have to search this out for yourself. (Might try your local Congressman's office - they aren't good for anything else, but usually have someone to help constituents). Maybe try some aggressive questioning at your local VA office.

    My older brother has Tricare (also Medicare), and pays almost nothing for what would otherwise be catastrophically expensive healthcare. He can normally get prescriptions on base (he lives nearby). OTOH, it took 3 months before Tricare got around to authorizing a consultation with a specialist.

    Good Luck