Health & Safety

August 17, 2012

Ask the Doc – August 17, 2012

Q. I was previously informed that I could not get care on base once I turned 65. What has changed?

A. By law, Medicare becomes your primary insurer once you turn 65. Most military treatment facilities do not have the resources to take care of seniors. However, select bases around the country that have robust medical services are authorized to offer the TRICARE Plus program. We are pleased to offer the program at Nellis AFB and encourage you to take advantage of this benefit.

Q. How does this affect my Medicare benefit?

A. TRICARE Plus adds to your Medicare benefits. It does not take away any benefits you currently enjoy with Medicare.

 

New TRICARE Prime enrollment fees for uniformed service retirees and their families will begin on October 1, 2012. Retirees who were enrolled before October 1, 2011 will see a more significant increase since their enrollment fee remained at the 2011-levels of $230 and $460 per year when the fees increased last year.

The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012 allows for the annual increase of TRICARE Prime enrollment fees for most retired beneficiaries based on the annual cost of living adjustment. Exceptions to annual increases are for survivors of active duty deceased sponsors and medically-retired service members and their dependents.

 

Here’s how the increase will affect you:

If enrolled before October 1, 2011: You pay what you pay now.

Beginning October 1, 2012:

  • Individual: $230 per year
  • Family: $460 per year
  • Individual: $269.28 per year
  • Family: $538.56 per year

 

If enrolled on or after October 1, 2011 (including all new enrollments): You pay what you are paying now.

Beginning October 1, 2012:

  • Individual: $260 per year
  • Family: $520 per year
  • Individual: $269.28 per year
  • Family: $538.56 per year

 

If you would like to get more information please contact TriWest at 1-888-874-9378 or visit TriWest Office in Building 1305 here at Nellis at least 3 months before your separation date to set this up.

 

Send your questions to askthedoc@nellis.af.mil.




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