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Old 01-05-2019, 09:23 PM   #1
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Just wondering how many other retired reservists were able to retire from their civilian jobs at age 60 because of the pension and health insurance. This was the best decision I ever made in my life and am so grateful. I hear so many active duty complain about Tricare because it is not entirely free but so many people have to work to 65 to receive Medicare.
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Old 01-05-2019, 09:39 PM   #2
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Seachaser, glad you were able to retire and realize some of the bennies you have earned. Though Tricare is not free at retirement it is at age 65 when you are eligible for Tricare for Life. It then becomes free. I retired from AD at age 62. Paid the monthly Tricare fee and copay which was minimal. Since turning 65 wife and I pay nothing nor do we pay copays. Dental is a horse of another color. Thank you for the sacrifices to your country.
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Old 02-17-2019, 10:00 PM   #3
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Retired from guard in 2001 had 11 traditional and 14 AGR. 70% disabled and started drawing retired pay 2 years ago, started SSN back in December. Retired from state of Indiana in November. My wife and I both went on Tricare at age 60 but it doesnít cost me anything because of disability. When I turned 62 I donít have to pay property taxes anymore in Indiana because of the disability as well. VA pays for all my health care except dental, but my wife works for a dentist so that end is covered as well.
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:24 AM   #4
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Just wondering how many other retired reservists were able to retire from their civilian jobs at age 60 because of the pension and health insurance. This was the best decision I ever made in my life and am so grateful. I hear so many active duty complain about Tricare because it is not entirely free but so many people have to work to 65 to receive Medicare.
I'm a grey-area retiree, 21 years in the Navy and Navy Reserves. I last drilled in 2011, but I won't receive my first retirement check until after my birthday in 2 1/2 years at age 59. I get that a year early because of my time in Afghanistan. Anyways, I figure to retire from my civilian job about age 64-65. My wife is two years younger and plans to retire at age 62. I won't be too far behind her.

In the meantime, I'm going to practice retirement, one weekend at a time.
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:26 AM   #5
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I'm a grey-area retiree, 21 years in the Navy and Navy Reserves. I last drilled in 2011, but I won't receive my first retirement check until after my birthday in 2 1/2 years at age 59. I get that a year early because of my time in Afghanistan. Anyways, I figure to retire from my civilian job about age 64-65. My wife is two years younger and plans to retire at age 62. I won't be too far behind her.

In the meantime, I'm going to practice retirement, one weekend at a time.
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Old 03-04-2019, 09:36 PM   #6
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Seachaser, glad you were able to retire and realize some of the bennies you have earned. Though Tricare is not free at retirement it is at age 65 when you are eligible for Tricare for Life. It then becomes free. I retired from AD at age 62. Paid the monthly Tricare fee and copay which was minimal. Since turning 65 wife and I pay nothing nor do we pay copays. Dental is a horse of another color. Thank you for the sacrifices to your country.
Yes, for now TFL is free for us. But, the good old government CBO is working hard to change that with a proposed enrollment fee of $485.00 single annually starting in 2021 as well as out of pocket expense up to the first $750.00. I suggest we all stay updated on this and write our representatives to remind them we have already paid a price and deserve what we were promised. And folks, this is coming up for consideration in this Congress. CBO is also wanting to raise TRICARE Prime and Select for the spouses that may be under 65, or even service members under 65 and not on active duty. CHeck with yor Service Organizations, i.e. DAV, VFW etc for the most recent status of CBO actions and decisions.
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:24 AM   #7
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Something I didnít know. The thing for everyone to do is write there congress person. Enough letters gets there attention. 2020 is voting
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Old 04-14-2019, 01:17 AM   #8
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I retired the month I turned 60. It was the month I reached 20 years for retirement purposes at my State of Alaska job, the month I became eligible for free (to me) health care from my state job and, obviously, the month my military retirement pay kicked in. As for paying for Tricare, I have never had to pay for it.
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If one is eligible for medicare and eligible for TFL then part B medicare must also be maintained and paid for by the recipient annually. TFL is the part B payer. Typically with medicare A and TFL part B there is no cost involved for medical services.
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I have TFL and Medicare and a couple of years ago I had a ablation done at Duke University hospital for AFib, it cost $100,000.00 and cost to me was zero.
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