TRICARE For Life Costs

Medicare Part B Premiums

When you use TRICARE For Life, you don't pay any enrollment fees, but you must have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.

For more information:

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  • Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)

Costs for Covered Services

TRICARE pays after Medicare.

  • In most cases, you'll pay nothing for covered services.
  • If the care is covered by TRICARE but not Medicare, you'll pay the TRICARE For Life deductible and cost-shares. Examples include:
    • Inpatient hospital stays longer than 150 days
    • Care received outside of the U.S. or U.S. territories
  • If the care isn't covered by Medicare or TRICARE, then you'll pay the entire amount.
  • For more specific details, download the TRICARE For Life Cost Matrix.

Here's how it works:

If the service is covered by: Then, you pay:
Both Medicare and TRICARE Nothing.
TRICARE, but not Medicare

The TRICARE calendar year deductible and cost shares.

Medicare, but not TRICARE The Medicare deductible and coinsurance.

Last Updated 12/31/2019