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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.

>>Learn More about TRICARE and Medicare

Don't lose your TRICARE benefits!

When you receive your letter from the Social Security Administration, read it carefully and contact your case manager or a beneficiary counseling and assistance coordinator if you have questions.

Last Updated 5/12/2014