Armed Forces News

While Medicare-eligible military retirees and spouses aged 65 and over who did not enroll in Medicare Part B automatically will be enrolled this month without a penalty (previous item), some 16,000 under age 65 may be in for a surprise. Due to government failures in data cross-matching and lack of understanding by members of this group, they may have been using Tricare without being enrolled in Medicare Part B. These beneficiaries, who draw Social Security Disability Insurance payments, are being informed that the law requires them to be enrolled in Part B in order to participate in Tricare, and that they are being enrolled automatically. The Defense Department and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services discovered the error last April, but, due to urging from several veterans