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?
It 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.
If you are interested in receiving more information on its 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.
- To get more information about TRICARE for Life, you can log into TRICARE’s website at www.tricare.osd.mil/tfl or www.tricare4u.com.
- If you are interested in receiving more information on the eligibility of the program and or on DEERS, you can visit: www.tricare.osd.mil/Factsheets/index.cfm.
- If you have any difficulties in obtaining copies of TRCARE for Life information, you can log into www.military.com/tfl.