[HEALTH.MIL] TRICARE Fees May Increase Again (for Retirees)

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TRICARE Fees May Increase Again
October 11, 2012 | Terry Howell 

This October retirees have seen their TRICARE Prime enrollment fees increased to
$269.28 per year for individuals and $538.56 per year for retirees with
families. However, retirees should know that TRICARE is warning that these
enrollment fees could increase again when Congress passes the final FY 2013
Retirees can choose to pay the enrollment fees annually, quarterly or monthly.
But they must keep in mind that TRICARE Prime enrollment fees are
non-refundable, in most cases.
TRICARE is recommending that retirees pay either monthly (through automatic
deduction/charge) or quarterly due to the chance enrollment fees may increase
again before the end of the fiscal year.
NOTE: To date there have been no changes to TRICARE for Life - enrollment
remains free to retirees over age 65.  (Medicare Part B is required for TFL
The current TRICARE Prime fee payments break down as follows:

  Annual Payment:
    Individual: $269.28
    Family: $538.56

  Quarterly Payment:
    Individual: $67.32 
    Family: $134.64

  Monthly Payment:
    Individual: $22.44
    Family: $44.88

Payment requirements differ slightly for each region.  Retirees enrolled in the
TRICARE Prime in the North, South and West regions can pay by allotment from
retired pay, online, pay-by-phone, and through electronic funds transfer and
first time TRICARE Prime enrollees can pay the initial enrollment fee by check.
TRICARE North and West beneficiaries can also pay by recurring credit card
charges. TriWest currently offers beneficiaries the added ability to pay by
monthly by check.
Download the TRICARE Prime Enrollment Fee Factsheet at
http://tricare.mil/mybenefit/Download/Forms/PrimeFee_FS.pdf for more

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