US Family Health Plan and Medicare
Before October 1, 2012, the US Family Health Plan was also available to all Medicare-eligible beneficiaries age 65 and older. On October 1, 2012, this rule changed for all NEW US Family Health Plan enrollees, but existing enrollees are not affected.
If Enrolled Before October 1, 2012
If you are already enrolled in the US Family Health Plan when you become eligible for Medicare (US Family Health Plan coverage begins before September 2012), you can stay enrolled as long as there is no break in coverage.
However, we strongly encourage you to enroll in Part B when you first become eligible. If you disenroll from the US Family Health Plan or move to a non-US Family Health Plan area, you won’t be eligible for other TRICARE benefits if you don’t have Part B. And, if you don’t enroll in Part B when first eligible, you may be required to pay the Medicare Part B Late Enrollment PenaltyYour monthly premium for Part B may go up 10% for each full 12-month period that you could have had Part B, but didn't sign up for it..
New Enrollments on or After October 1, 2012
Beginning October 1, 2012, Medicare-eligible beneficiaries age 65 and older can no longer enroll in the US Family Health Plan. If you are under age 65 and using Medicare due to a disability or other reason, you can remain enrolled in the US Family Health Plan until your 65th birthday. At that time, you will transition to TRICARE For Life.