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Free prescription delivery for retired veterans


Information provided by TRICARE

One of the ways we as a country take care of our retired military personnel is through continued health coverage and medical benefits, including TRICARE and TRICARE For Life. One of the often overlooked benefits of TRICARE for Life is the free delivery of medications to the address of your choosing.

TRICARE For Life is Medicare-wraparound coverage for TRICARE-eligible beneficiaries who have Medicare Part A and B. It is available worldwide and kicks in and pays after Medicare coverage in the U.S. All you have to do is to show your military identification card so that the service provider does not collect a copayment, but instead forwards the claim to Medicare, who in turn, forwards your claim to TRICARE For Life. In order to acquire this coverage, you must be 65 years of age or older, be eligible for Medicare A and be signed up for Medicare B.

The benefit of obtaining TRICARE For Life is that there are no enrollment fees or special enrollment periods. It is available for all retirees of the armed forces, including family members who are eligible for Medicare, widows, widowers, and any family members under the age of 65 years who are also eligible for Medicare Part A. Medicare for Life is also available to Reserve or Guard members who have already retired.

There are numerous benefits TRICARE For Life offers, one of which is the pharmacy home delivery program through Express Scripts. Some of the benefits to using this home delivery program include: Free standard shipping to the address of your choice on maintenance medications (those you take on a regular, ongoing basis for chronic, long-term conditions such as those used to control blood pressure); cost savings compared to a retail pharmacy; up to a 90-day supply of medication; generic medications are FREE (some copayments apply to name brands); access to a pharmacist 24/7; and automatic refills.

To learn about TRICARE For Life, visit www.tricare4u.com or call 888-363-5433. To learn more about the pharmacy home delivery program, visit https://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE/benefits/homedelivery.shtml.

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