TRICARE for Life

TRICARE for Life

TRICARE for Life

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

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

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.

  • John Prejean
    Posted at 12:28h, 02 March Reply

    I am the sponsor (Air Force retiree) and am 61 years old. My wife is the my dependent and currently receives Tricare Standard benefits. She is going to be 65 in 3 months and needs to sign up for Medicare. What type of Medicare should she sign up for now, Medicare A or Medicare A and Medicare B? I was under the impression that she need only sign up for Medicare A until I (as the sponsor) turn 65 and then we both sign up for Medicare a and Medicare B. Is this true?

    Posted at 16:50h, 27 October Reply

    I am the wife of a retiree,I was wondering if there is a form we should fill out when we are paying the pharmacy for our prescriptions.The pharmacy sometimes says tricare will pay and i can go back for refill and then they say tricare will not pay.I have been paying so much out of pocket over 1,200 so far in the last three months.I reached my max from my work pension/ union pharmacy coverage since july. I thought tricare would pick up paying once that happened.Can you please give me information as to what we can do or if there is a form i can fill out that i can get reimbursed if that would be the case .I thank you in advance for any help with this matter

  • James S. Mitchell III
    Posted at 12:29h, 14 October Reply

    need a list of pharmacies that tricare uses in this area.
    Swansboro, NC Onslow county 28584
    It seems every so often the pharmacy we are using tells us they can no longer service us.
    Please help

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