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chile 20 May 2020 15:40

Medicare enrollment
I'm AD retired turning 65 in June. are we still suppose to sign up for Medicare even though we are in Tricare prime and VA?

wildman43 20 May 2020 19:20


Originally Posted by chile (Post 1058862934)
I'm AD retired turning 65 in June. are we still suppose to sign up for Medicare even though we are in Tricare prime and VA?

It depends on several things Do you have Tri-care, etc. ?

YES You have to sign up for PART A. which covers Hospital.

Part B , C. etc. if you don't have insurance that covers everything

chile 20 May 2020 19:54

I have Tricare prime

Stopp700 20 May 2020 20:04

When you turn 65 you lose Tricare Prime. You either go into the VA System or you start paying Medicare. BUT! If you go the Medicare route you get Tri-Care for Life for you and your spouse. Best thing ever. You will not ever pay a co-pay. Tri Care for Life picks up everything that Medicare does not pay. You still get your prescriptions from your MTF for nothing.

Rockville 20 May 2020 20:14

there is a 2 years waiting period when you signed up for Medicare. Sign up now, then it kicked in on 5/21/2022

AKAPete 20 May 2020 20:17

I was told that there was an office somewhere in Womack AMC that I should go to a couple of months before I turn 65 were they could do the paperwork.

Not sure how much but if there is anything else I'm sure they could get things squared away or shove me off in the right direction.

Damn - that's about 3 months out now.

wildman43 20 May 2020 20:41

This is an updated link I think might help you

P304X4 22 May 2020 21:53

I had to sign up three months prior to my birth month when I turned 65. In order to get Tricare for Life I had to to get Medicare parts A & B. The cost for part B is $147.00 a month each for my wife and I. I have low co pays for meds, (10.00 for generics) and only pay a difference to any facility that doesn't take Tricare assignment. In our situation it beats the heck out of anything else we could get for insurance. With regular pharmacies you get a 30 day supply of meds for $10.00; with Express Scrips you get 90 days for the same price.

The Fat Guy 22 May 2020 21:58

I thought Tricare paid for the Part B stuff?

P304X4 22 May 2020 22:12

$147.00 is a Medicare part B premium that comes out of your own pocket or is skimmed off the top of your Social Security check. In most cases Tricare picks up what Medicare doesn't pay.

CAP MARINE 22 May 2020 23:52

You have TCFLIFE at 65, you pay for part B. Now my social security pays for my Medicare. I’m retired MC, not 20 yrs vet, 100% disabled. So I draw disability, Social security ( 1/2 of $ goes to pay Medicare, other comes to me); retired post office, too, CRSC- I receive a small check. Every vet is different in their receiving money

AKAPete 23 May 2020 04:31

"Free health care for life" gets more expensive each year.

Yes, folks, we were told that. But when the court case came we were told "It wasn't on paper".

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