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TRICARE For Life Info (For Retirees Close to 65-Years and Older)

TRICARE FOR LIFE (TFL) offers secondary coverage to Medicare for all beneficiaries who have both Medicare Parts A and B.

ELIGIBLE BENEFICIARIES - All TRICARE beneficiaries who have both Medicare Parts A and B.

AVAILABILITY - TRICARE For Life is available worldwide. Medicare provides coverage in the U.S. and U.S. Territories. In all other overseas locations, TRICARE is the primary payer.

GETTING CARE - You may visit any authorized provider. Your provider will file your claims with Medicare. Medicare pays its portion and electronically forwards the claim to the TRICARE For Life claims processor. TRICARE For Life then pays the provider directly for TRICARE-covered services.

 o For services covered by both Medicare and TRICARE, Medicare pays first and TRICARE For Life pays your remaining coinsurance for TRICARE-covered services.

 o For services covered by TRICARE but not by Medicare, TRICARE For Life pays first and Medicare pays nothing. You must pay the TRICARE fiscal year deductible and cost shares.

 o For services covered by Medicare but not by TRICARE, Medicare pays first and TRICARE For Life pays nothing. You must pay the Medicare deductible and coinsurance.

 o For services not covered by Medicare or TRICARE, Medicare and TRICARE pay nothing and you must pay the entire bill.

 o For Overseas beneficiaries and providers go to 
www.tricare-overseas.com

OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS:

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 o You do not pay any enrollment fees, but you must pay Medicare Part B monthly premiums. Your Part B premium is based on your income. For more information about Part B premiums visit www.medicare.gov or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778).

 o As described above, you'll pay nothing out of pocket for services covered by both Medicare and TRICARE.

TRICARE FOR LIFE CONTRACTOR - In the U.S. and U.S. Territories, Wisconsin Physicians Service (WPS) is the TRICARE For Life contractor. WPS-TRICARE For Life will provide customer service and claims processing services. The WPS website is at https://www.tricare4u.com/apps-portal/tricareapps-app/static/. To contact WPS:

SEND ALL WRITTEN CORRESPONDENCE TO:

 WPS/TRICARE For Life

 P.O. Box 7889

 Madison, WI 53707-7889

 SEND ALL CLAIMS TO:

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 WPS/TRICARE For Life

 P.O. Box 7890

 Madison, WI 53707-7890

E-MAIL: https://www.tricare4u.com/apps-portal/tricareapps-app/static/contactus/contactusform/index.htm

TELEPHONE:

 TRICARE For Life:

 1-866-773-0404

 HOURS: Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 10:00 pm Central Standard Time

 TRICARE For Life TDD:

 1-866-773-0405

 HOURS: Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 10:00 pm Central Standard Time

IS TRICARE FOR LIFE RIGHT FOR YOU? - If you have both Medicare Part A and Part B, then TRICARE For Life is the plan for you. Coverage is available worldwide and you can see any provider you want. However, you will have greater out of pocket expenses if you get care from Veteran's Administration providers or providers who opt-out of Medicare, because they are not permitted to bill Medicare.

CAN I SUSPEND MY FEHB COVERAGE TO USE TFL? - Yes. Call the Office of Personnel Management's Retirement Information line at 1-888-767-6738 to get a suspension form.

Learn More about TRICARE and Medicare Eligibility Requirements at http://www.tricare.mil/Welcome/Eligibility/MedicareEligible.aspx

LINKS TO OTHER TFL RELATED INFORMATION:

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TRICARE4U Web Site <https://www.tricare4u.com/apps-portal/tricareapps-app/static/register.htm

TRICARE For Life Handbook <www.tricare.mil/~/media/Files/TRICARE/Publications/Handbooks/TFL_HBK.ashx

TRICARE For Life Flyer <www.tricare.mil/~/media/Files/TRICARE/Publications/BrochuresFlyers/TRICARE_For_Life_Flyer.ashx

TRICARE and Medicare Turning 65 Fact Sheet <http://www.tricare4u.com/apps-portal/tricareapps-app/static/pdf/TRICARE_and_Medicare_Turning_65_Fact_Sheet_2011_508.pdf

TRICARE Pharmacy Program <http://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE/

Common Health Topics <https://www.tricare4u.com/apps-portal/tricareapps-app/static/beneficiaries/healthyliving/commonhealthtopics.htm

General Telephone Numbers <https://www.tricare4u.com/apps-portal/tricareapps-app/static/contactus/general/index.htm

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