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TRICARE For Life Costs

Medicare Part B Premiums

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

Your Part B premium is based on your income. For more information:

  • Visit www.medicare.gov
  • 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 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.
  • Medicare pays first
  • TRICARE For Life pays second 
  • TRICARE even pays your Medicare deductible.
TRICARE, but not Medicare The TRICARE fiscal year deductible and cost shares.
  • TRICARE For Life pays first
  • Medicare pays nothing
Medicare, but not TRICARE The Medicare deductible and coinsurance.
  • Medicare pays first
  • TRICARE For Life pays nothing

Note: If you get care overseas (excluding U.S. Territories), you'll have the same costs as TRICARE Standard Overseas.

Last Updated 1/10/2017