Disability and Medicare
If you have a disability and you're receiving Social Security disability payments, you will 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, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease.
- Medicare Part A is premium-free hospital insurance.
- Medicare Part B is medical insurance with a monthly premium.
Under Federal law, if you're a TRICARE beneficiary eligible for premium-free Medicare Part A, you must have Medicare Part B coverage to remain TRICARE-eligible.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) notifies you of your Medicare entitlement start date. If your disability claim and Medicare entitlement are awarded retroactively, it is very important to 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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