Join July 18 TRICARE Webinar on TRICARE For Life Coverage


Do you have questions about TRICARE For Life (TFL)? Not sure if you have to enroll in TFL, or when you become eligible for TFL coverage? Are you getting ready to turn 65? Join the “Understanding How TRICARE For Life Coverage Works” webinar on July 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET.

The webinar will discuss TFL eligibility, signing up for Medicare, how to get care, and much more. The TFL program manager will provide detailed information about TFL and answer your questions.

TFL is for TRICARE beneficiaries who are entitled to Medicare Part A and have Medicare Part B. This is regardless of your age or place of residence. Once you have both Medicare Part A and Part B, you automatically receive TRICARE benefits under TFL. However, you must be a TRICARE-eligible beneficiary. And you need to take specific actions to make sure you can still get TRICARE.

“Keeping your information up to date in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System(DEERS) A database of information on uniformed services members (sponsors), U.S.-sponsored foreign military, DoD and uniformed services civilians, other personnel as directed by the DoD, and their family members. You need to register in DEERS to get TRICARE., or DEERS, is key to ensuring effective and timely delivery of your TRICARE For Life benefits,” said Anne Breslin, TRICARE For Life program manager at the Defense Health Agency and webinar presenter.

In addition to keeping your information in DEERS up to date, you must sign up for Medicare Part A and Part B. Your birth date determines when you become Medicare-eligible and when you should sign up for Part A and Part B. The Medicare entitlement age is 65. But you can become eligible for Medicare before age 65 if you have:

  • A severe illness, injury, or disability
  • End-stage renal disease (permanent kidney failure)
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Mesothelioma (certain cases)

Join the webinar to learn about Medicare eligibility at age 65 and before age 65.

As stated in the TRICARE For Life Handbook, “TFL and Medicare cover proven, medically necessaryTo be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition. and appropriate care.” You can check out the handbook for information, including answers to frequently asked questions about TFL and Medicare. Read about how TFL works with Medicare, how coverage works overseas, how to coordinate TFL with other health insuranceHealth insurance you have in addition to TRICARE, such as Medicare or an employer-sponsored health insurance. TRICARE supplements don’t qualify as "other health insurance.", and much more.

To learn more about TFL, register to join the July 18 webinar. A Q&A led by the presenter will follow the presentation.

At the time of posting, this information is current. For the most recent information, contact your TRICARE contractor or local military hospital or clinic.

Last Updated 10/14/2021