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How To Get Kicked Out Of Tricare
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How To Get Kicked Out Of Tricare

I've carried a military ID card since 1978. I'm financially independent. You would expect that I'd understand my benefits by now, but a few months ago I was nearly dis-enrolled from Tricare for not paying my premiums. To make matters even worse, I managed to thoroughly screw up our college daughter's Tricare benefits. ...

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No More Military Retirement or Tricare Prime?!?
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No More Military Retirement or Tricare Prime?!?

It's that time of year again: Congress is debating the annual federal budget proposals. My e-mail and social media have exploded with outraged commentary on the proposals to overhaul the military retirement system and to get rid of Tricare Prime. How does that affect your retirement? How does that affect your ...

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Tricare or MTF: Will The Army Pay For Tattoo Removal?
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Tricare or MTF: Will The Army Pay For Tattoo Removal?

Question: I have a total of 5 tattoos that fall below my right elbow. My Commander determined that my tattoos are not in compliance with AR 670-1, 3-3c(2). I've been counseled, and I understand that I've been grandfathered (which I'm extremely grateful for). Prior to the release of the new policy, I was preparing ...

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Medical Tourism at Bangkok’s Bumrungrad Hospital
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Medical Tourism at Bangkok’s Bumrungrad Hospital

The two biggest obstacles to financial independence are inflation and healthcare -- yet military veterans and retirees seem to have more options for dealing with inflation. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gives the American medical system a strong incentive to reduce expenses. The military Tricare ...

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I’m Still a Tricare Delinquent
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I’m Still a Tricare Delinquent

[As this post goes live, Tropical Storm Flossie is approaching the Hawaii islands.  It's borderline hurricane strength, and despite that wussy dental name it's still going to dump 6-10 inches of rain on us. It's quite possible that Oahu electricity & Internet will go out. My tiny little share of a Bluehost server ...

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TRICARE Prime premiums and United Healthcare
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TRICARE Prime premiums and United Healthcare

I've been a healthcare "past due" delinquent since April. Even worse, I risked losing our family's health insurance due to a bureaucratic glitch. It wasn't my bureaucratic glitch, but we would've been without health insurance. One of the most common concerns among retirees is "But... but what will I do all ...

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40 miles for Tricare Prime — or maybe Tricare Standard
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40 miles for Tricare Prime — or maybe Tricare Standard

A reader asks: What do you know about the 40 mile rule for Tricare Prime? Does it look like that circle will continue to shrink? Since a main reason we moved to our retirement location was for health care, I am concerned that the circle will force all of us to Tricare Standard. What is the word? Great question. This ...

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Reader questions on Reserve retirement Tricare and points
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Reader questions on Reserve retirement Tricare and points

I see that Reserve retirement is a popular search term on the blog again, even more popular than financial independence or military retirement. Here are the recent top three searches: Navy Reserve retirement calculator Air Force Reserve retirement calculator Navy personnel drawdown I thought I'd learned ...

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Tricare fee increases coming in October
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Tricare fee increases coming in October

    I've been getting some e-mails, so let me clarify a few health insurance questions before I start the main topic. Last month the Supreme Court upheld the key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that have attracted so much media attention over the last year. (Careful, that link ...

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Update on TRICARE and Congress
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Update on TRICARE and Congress

Six months ago in the Tricare debate between the Department of Defense and Congress, a task force had recommended gradually raising the Tricare Prime annual family fee from $460/year to $1260-$2460/year over the next five years. It's been nearly 16 years since the last Tricare fee increase, and many veteran's ...

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