September 26, 2008, Newsletter Issue #173: Veterans and Medicare

Tip of the Week

Persons who are eligible for Medicare, who are receiving veteran assistance benefits for prescription drugs, do not generally need to register for a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan (PDP). Veteran's benefits typically include medications and medical treatment, including diabetic supplies.

Persons eligible for VA benefits should request a letter from Tri-Care - the primary VA medical insurance carrier - similar to the letter that non-Veterans received, indicating whether or not VA Prescription Drug Benefits are equal to, or better, than the Government Medicare Standard Plan.

The Veteran should then retain this letter, in the event that they are no longer covered under VA benefits program - for example if the coverage exists because of a spouse, and the marriage ends - so that they will not have to pay a late-registration penalty, should they later need to register for a Part D drug plan.

Contact your local VA Office for more information about the impact of Medicare Part D on your prescription drug coverage.

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