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Pentagon to Retirees: Plan Now for Tricare Select Enrollment Fees in 2021

June 28, 2020

From the Military.com website

“Working age” military retirees — those under age 65 — who use Tricare Select for their health care will start paying enrollment fees beginning next year, Defense Department officials announced Tuesday.

For the first time since the creation of Tricare Standard, now known as Tricare Select, retired beneficiaries who joined the military before 2018 will pay a monthly fee for their health care: $12.50 for an individual or $25 for a family.

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All TRICARE programs are part of the Department of Defense budget. Many believe that TRICARE is a separate funded independently, like Veterans Affairs. The start of enrollment and monthly fees are needed to offset increasing cost or this program. 

Fortunately, there is not enrollment or monthly fees for TRACARE for Life (yet). When you reach 65, you are covered by TRICARE of Life, a Medicare Part D program that is free to retirees. To be covered by TRICARE of Life, you must be enrolled in Medicate and have a Part B program which is paid by the retiree.

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