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So the new thing when I check into the VA is do I have insurance anywhere else and now being an ssdi recipient for two years I’m now receiving Medicare. Anyone know when I go to my appointment and tell them this what exactly will change I’m not being billed for anything ever being 100 P and T?

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Its like having Tricare...they want to bill the other company first. I am asked every time I see a doctor on base. You won't pay anything. 

 

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The va cannot bill you for anything because you are rated 50% or more.  If however a veteran is rated under 50% they may  be required to pay a fee for medications and  for non service connected medical care. Veterans rated 100% or TDIU will not pay any fees for any care.  Other than that, Veterans don't pay for medical care at the VA.  As to medical care on a military base.. retirees do have a deductible that they must meet. If however a retiree has Tricare and  private medical insurance or Medicare,  the will not pay any out of pocket expenses.  

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I declined my medicare and don't pay the premiums anymore........it is worthless to me honestly at this point I couldn't find shit for providers and in order to find any I had to buy a medicare advantage plan that cost $$$ and when I turn 65 I won't have to pay the penalty for opting out when I was eligible for SSDI, so I stopped wasting my money every month. 

 

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16 hours ago, seminoles said:

when I turn 65 I won't have to pay the penalty for opting out when I was eligible for SSDI

I hope you checked this out before you opted out.. I could be wrong but I think your opting out anytime you are eligible  will end up causing you to pay more when you decide to opt in...Now I know that Military retirees have to opt in when they become eligible( regardless if on SSDI or plain SS.) or they can not use tricare for life.... 

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2 hours ago, Richard1954 said:

I hope you checked this out before you opted out.. I could be wrong but I think your opting out anytime you are eligible  will end up causing you to pay more when you decide to opt in...Now I know that Military retirees have to opt in when they become eligible( regardless if on SSDI or plain SS.) or they can not use tricare for life.... 

That is a different circumstance, they have to opt in at retirement age just like my husband has to with champva, I can opt back in without penalty when I reach retirement age.  Very different situations.

 

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