Disability and Medicare
If you have a disability and you're receiving Social Security disability payments, you'll become eligible for Medicare Part A and Part B beginning the 25th month of receiving Social Security disability payments, regardless of your age. >>Watch Video: Don't Lose Your TRICARE Benefits
Medicare is a health insurance program for people age 65 or older, people under age 65 with certain disabilities, people with end-stage renal disease, and people with Lou Gehrig's disease.
- Medicare Part A is premium-free hospital insurance.
- Medicare Part B is medical insurance with a monthly premium.
TRICARE beneficiaries also eligible for Medicare Part A must have Part B coverage to stay eligible for TRICARE (with some exceptions, learn more).
- The Social Security Administration (SSA) notifies you of your Medicare entitlement start date.
- If your disability claim and Medicare entitlement are awarded retroactively, make sure your Medicare Part A and Part B effective dates match.
- If your Medicare effective dates don't match, TRICARE will recoup payments made for claims paid when you had Part A coverage and no Part B.
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