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. I'll explain how this … [Read more...] about How To Get Kicked Out Of Tricare
Tricare & Health Insurance
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 family's healthcare?!? Well, it … [Read more...] about No More Military Retirement or Tricare Prime?!?
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 to apply to Office Candidate … [Read more...] about Tricare or MTF: Will The Army Pay For Tattoo Removal?
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 system is also struggling to … [Read more...] about Medical Tourism at Bangkok’s Bumrungrad Hospital
[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 is on the Mainland and I have … [Read more...] about I’m Still a Tricare Delinquent
You know you want some of this... --> I haven't been doing many linkfest posts on financial independence, but some interesting news and events have piled up over the last few weeks. Instead of trickling them out one post at a time, I'll summarize them here and turn you over to the sources. Early Retirement Options for Reserves and National … [Read more...] about Mixed plate: Tricare, “back pay” issues, early Reserve & Guard retirement
[WARNING: HEALTH INSURANCE RANT] 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 … [Read more...] about TRICARE Prime premiums and United Healthcare
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 40-mile issue is just a … [Read more...] about 40 miles for Tricare Prime — or maybe Tricare Standard
Do you ever wonder where veterans and families get their in-depth knowledge about VA and medical benefits? It's a vital part of achieving financial independence. Some of the information comes from joining veteran's support organizations like MOAA, the American Legion, the VFW, the DAV, AmVets, or the IAVA. You could read the Military Times … [Read more...] about The RAO Bulletin on Veteran Administration Benefits, Medicare, and Medicaid
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 everything I needed to know about … [Read more...] about Reader questions on Reserve retirement Tricare and points