Browsing: Tricare

Q. I am a retired CSRS federal employee and have Blue Cross/Blue Shield as primary coverage for myself and my husband. He is retired military and has Tricare Prime for himself and me as secondary coverage. Under Obama’s new health coverage plan, will we be able to continue our coverage as is? Have the BC/BS 2014 premiums been determined/published?  Will I receive notification from the government, as in past years, that it is open season and, if I do not want to change, or am not forced to do so, will I do nothing? Are we required to register/enroll in Obama’s health care coverage since…

Q. I am retired military and have the Tricare plan. I’m a FERS employee for six years. I have never enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program. I am 62 years old and eligible for immediate retirement. Because I have been enrolled in Tricare and not FEHB, will I be eligible to enroll in FEHB when I retire because I was enrolled in a federal health plan? Or must I be enrolled for five years prior to my immediate retirement? When I first became a FERS employee, I thought I saw something about if you are in Tricare, you…

Q. I am a 66-year-old military retiree who has health insurance coverage under Medicare parts A & B and Tricare for Life. In addition, I retired under FERS, but I have never had individual Federal Employees Health Benefits because I have been covered under my wife’s (a FERS civil servant) family FEHB plan for 20 years. She is retiring in a month and plans to continue her FEHB policy for at least five years until she reaches age 65, when she is Medicare eligible. If my wife switches at retirement from a family to an individual FEHB plan, will I…

Q. I have GEHA health insurance and primary and Tricare Standard as secondary coverage. When I reach age 65, my wife will be 64. Thus, how will Medicare apply to she and I? Must I keep my Federal Employees Health Benefits insurance until she is 65 to be covered by Medicare? I think my Tricare coverage will convert over to Tricare for Life at 65.

Q. I am 68, retired Navy enlisted, also retired Postal Service. I pay almost $500 per month for my Federal Employees Health Benefits through the post office. I have Medicare parts A and B. I am a long-term leukemia survivor (23 years) and have Type 2 diabetes that I take pills and insulin to control. My wife is 65 and has relapsing/remitting multiple sclerosis, for which she takes daily injections of copaxone to control. Other than some weakness and balance issues, she is suffering no noticeable effects from her MS. She, too, has Medicare parts A and B. The cost…

Q. I presently have both Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Family Plan) and Tricare medical coverage. I’m retired military and a full-time Defense Department employee. I’m turning 65 this month and am thoroughly confused about mandatory Part A/Part B enrollment and how this will affect by 62-year-old wife’s coverage. When I went to sign up, I chose Part A only as I thought my BCBS coverage was my assurance that she would continue to have both insurances. Today, it was brought to my attention that my Tricare coverage will phase out on my birthday, and I will not have a secondary insurance…

Q. I am a GS with the Veterans Affairs Department, but also retired military. I have used Tricare Prime as my insurance since I retired two years ago, but with the new changes to Tricare, I am in an area that is losing Tricare Prime on Oct. 1 and being reverted to Tricare Standard. I have a daughter with a medical condition that requires frequent physician follow-ups, and being placed on Tricare Standard alone scares me. Would loss of existing health insurance be a “qualifying event” for me to buy into a Federal Employees Health Benefits plan?