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TRICARE for Life

TRICARE for Life is a type of coverage that military retirees are entitled to receive. In order to acquire this coverage, you must sign up for the Medicare B, be eligible to Medicare A and you are 0f the age of 65 years old or above. The benefit of obtaining this type of coverage is that there are no enrollment fees or special enrollment periods.

To obtain more information on TRICARE for Life and to obtain a military identification card, you can log into www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl.

Who is entitled to TRICARE for Life?

TRICARE for Life is available for all retirees in the Uniformed Services including family members who are eligible for Medicare, widows, widowers, ad any family members under the age of 65 years who is also eligible to the Medicare Part A because of any chronic renal disease or any form of disability. Medicare for Life is also available to Reserve or Guard members who have already retired.

Parents-in-law and dependent parents of retired uniformed service members are not entitled to TRICARE for Life but they are allowed to receive continued medical care from any military treatment service facility.

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you are interested in receiving more information on TRICARE for Life Benefits, you can call the toll-free number at 888-363-5433. If you want to start claims using the TRICARE for Life program, you can call 866-773-0404 or TDD 866-773-0405.

How can you use TRICARE for Life?

There are no complications when it comes to TRICARE for Life. All you have to do is to show your military identification so that the service provider does not collect the copayment. Instead, the provider  will forward a claim to Medicare and then Medicare will then forward your claim to TRICARE for Life (TFL).

Tricare for Life users are only required to get prior authorization in case they have any mental health related problems and they have to be admitted to a hospital. TFL users have the freedom of getting help from other authorized care providers aside from the TRICARE authorized providers because their Medicare file numbers are usually used to make the claims. TFL users are also allowed to contact their nearest Uniformed Personnel officers if the Military Identification Offices are not within a close vicinity in order to obtain instructions on how to acquire an Identification Card.

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20 comments

  1. My wife, Garie, who also receives Tricare is taking acupuncture for migratory headache. Is that covered secondary to medicare?

  2. Richard J Martinez

    I would like to know if Hearing Aids are covered for Retired Military and Family Members?

    Thank You

    Richard.martinez2009@comcast.net

    • TRICARE only covers hearing aids and hearing aid services for active duty service members and their family with hearing loss as follows:

      Adults with:

      Hearing threshold of at least 40 dB HL in one or both ears when tested at 500, 1,000, 1,500, 2,000, 3,000, or 4,000Hz
      Hearing threshold of at least 26 dB HL in one or both ears at any three or more of those frequencies
      Speech recognition score less than 94%

      Children with:

      Hearing threshold level of at least 26dB HL in one or both ears when tested at 500, 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, or 4,000Hz

      TRICARE doesn’t cover hearing aids and hearing aid services for retirees and their family. Retirees and veterans may be able to get hearing aids from other government programs, including:

      Retiree-At-Cost Hearing Aid Program (RACHAP). This is at certain military hospitals and clinics. The RACHAP lets you get hearing aids at a significant cost savings. RACHAP doesn’t cover retiree family members.
      Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Veterans may be eligible. You must first register at any VA medical center. If you’re eligible, you’ll get your hearing aids at no charge.

      http://www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/IsItCovered/HearingAids.aspx

  3. How do I change my Address?

  4. I HAVE CHANGES IN MY HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE EFFECTIVE 1 JANUARY 2016. I HAVE NEW MEDICARE SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE, PHARMACY INSURANCE, VISION INSURANCE, AND DENTAL INSURANCE. THE SAME GOES FOR MY WIFE, AS WELL. WHERE DO I GO TO REPORT THESE CHANGES?

    • Update DEERS whenever you have a change:

      Change in sponsor’s status:
      Retiring or separating from active duty
      National Guard or Reserve member activation or deactivation
      Change in service status (e.g. enlisted to officer, branch change)
      Getting married or divorced
      Having a baby
      Moving to a new location for any reason
      Becoming eligible for Medicare
      Death of sponsor or family member

  5. Does For TriCare For Life cover cosmetic laser eye surgery?

  6. I live in Austin, Texas I am retired military and am eligible for Tricare for Life. While visiting my daughter in Hannover, Germany I was hospitalized for 6 days. All the documentation is in German. Can I submit the German documentation? If not, how can I get the documents translated?

  7. I am interested in finding out about in home care or long time care ins for veterans widow. Does Tricare offer insurance?

  8. Your telephone computer system sucks. NOT HELPFUL AT ALL

  9. How I make a claim for Tricare for life.

    • Tricare.com Help

      In most cases, your provider will file your medical claims for you and you’ll receive an explanation of benefits detailing what was paid. Sometimes, you’ll need to file your own claims:

      When traveling
      If you get care from a non-participating provider
      If you’re using TRICARE For Life and you see a Medicare nonparticipating provider
      If you do, send your claim form to TRICARE as soon as possible after you get care.

      For more information, visit: https://www.tricare.mil/Resources/Claims

  10. I am trying to get info on Tricare , my husband pasted away 2 years ago July .. I received my medicare card and it goes into effect July 1. My husband and I were talking about Tricare before he pasted he was 100% disabled and was getting a VA and Social security . so I was wondering if I could get Tricare or do I have to wait , I am getting VA and SSC and Army retirement .I have ChampVA . Any info would be great .

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