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Beneficiaries Who Don't Qualify for Medicare Part A

If you applied for Medicare and you get a Notice of AwardAn official letter that states you’re either: eligible for free Part A and enrolled in Part B, eligible for free Part A and not enrolled in Part B, or only enrolled in Part B. or a Disapproved ClaimAn official letter that states you’re not eligible for Medicare Part A. that says you're not eligible for Medicare Part A, you're still eligible for Part B.

Single, Never Married

  • Take your Notice of Award, Disapproved Claim or both to your local ID card office to update your DEERS record and get a new ID card.
  • You continue to be eligible for TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Standard and Extra past your 65th birthday.

Widow/Widower

Apply for Medicare Part A under your deceased spouse’s social security number.

  • If you're eligible for free Part A:
    • You'll get a Notice of Award from the Social Security Administration.
    • Sign up for Part B. Your record in DEERS automatically updates to show your Part A and Part B coverage.
    • Your TRICARE For Life coverage begins on the date you have both Part A and Part B.
  • If you're not eligible for free Part A:
    • You'll get a Notice of Award, Disapproved Claim or both from the Social Security Administration, based on your deceased sponsor's social security number.
    • Take the Notice of Award, Disapproved Claim or both to your local ID card office to update your DEERS record and get a new ID card.
    • You continue to be eligible for TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Standard and Extra past your 65th birthday.

Married/Divorced: Spouse Age 62 or Older

Apply for Medicare under your spouse’s (or divorced spouse's) social security number.

  • If you're eligible for free Part A:
    • You'll get a Notice of Award from the Social Security Administration. 
    • Sign-up for Medicare Part B. Your record in DEERS automatically updates to show your Part A and Part B coverage.
    • Your TRICARE For Life coverage begins on the date you have both Part A and Part B.
  • If you're not eligible for free Part A under your spouse's (or divorced spouse's) social security number:
    • You’ll get a Notice of Award, Disapproved Claim or both from the Social Security Administration.
    • Take the Notice of Award, Disapproved Claim or both to your local ID card office to update your DEERS record and receive a new ID card.  
    • You continue to be eligible for TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Standard and Extra past your 65th birthday.

Married/Divorced: Spouse Younger than Age 62

Sign up for Medicare Part B.

  • Take your Notice of Award, Disapproved Claim or both to your local ID card office to update your DEERS record and receive a new ID card.
  • You continue to be eligible for TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Standard and Extra past your 65th birthday.
  • Three months before your spouse (or divorced spouse) turns 62, apply for Medicare Part A under his or her Social Security Number.

Last Updated 1/12/2016

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