Tag: Medical Insurance
Is Tricare Standard good enough?
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Is Tricare Standard good enough?

A reader asks: I did five years of active duty and over 15 years in the Reserves. I just turned 60 years old and am now getting a military pension. My question is regarding Tricare. I just retired from my civilian employer and they do not offer any health insurance. I plan on using Tricare Standard for my only ...

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The Affordable Care Act and Military Veterans
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The Affordable Care Act and Military Veterans

(Mahalo nui loa to alert reader "Ben" for providing the resources and links to this post!) Americans are concerned about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Those of us with military experience and heading toward financial independence are even more concerned about military benefits. How will the ACA ...

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Military Reserve Retirement, Tricare, and Medicare
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Military Reserve Retirement, Tricare, and Medicare

A reader asks: I will be retiring from the Reserves later this year and reaching age 60 a month after that. Which Tricare will I be under? Will it cost me anything? I am still employed in a civilian job with a city that offers Blue Cross insurance. I also have an HSA-- will this work with Tricare when I retire? ...

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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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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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Retire at 17 years of service or 20?
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Retire at 17 years of service or 20?

    I read another good question on a Linkedin group: I am a Marine O-4 who has been passed for promotion and is looking for some advice on early retirement. I will have 17 years  of active duty by the time I am eligible for the early retirement next year. I am a pilot with experience in operations and ...

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Military Drawdown Predictions
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Military Drawdown Predictions

A reader posted some great questions the other day: What do you think is going to happen with the “retired benefit” debate within the greater context of the DoD portion of the Federal Budget? Will it be another ... slash and burn? What does your financial sense say? The 1990s military drawdown was about the end of ...

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