TRICARE Post-Retirement Benefits
As an active duty retiree, you are not exempt from receiving all healthcare provisions available to military members at Active Duty treatment facilities. However, this is dependent on space availability and staff capabilities of the chosen facility. This benefit overlap can be delicate to deal with for the reason is that former military members of the Armed Forces of the United States, regardless of rank, who received retirement payments, may be eligible for medical benefits from the VA.
However, military retirees eligible for VA medical care are required to first make a co-payment agreement. Refusal to make this agreement will disqualify members from becoming eligible for benefits. The United States Department of Defense may choose to cover those medical bills at its own expense under the department’s discretion, so you will receive medical care as a Department of Defense (DOD) beneficiary. This offer is limited to the availability of space and resources. In addition, authorization is needed before you are provided with VA medical care. This does not apply to DOD beneficiaries in need of emergency services.
Retirees with less than 20 years of service, but at least 15 service years are eligible for TRICARE benefits according to the 20-year or more service retirees plans.