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TRICARE

TRICARE is the worldwide health care program for active duty and retired military personnel members and their families set up by the Department of Defense. In April of 2001, fiscal year 2001 National Defense Authorization Act has established a TRICARE Pharmacy Program for senior citizens


TRICARE entitles Medicare-eligible retirees of the uniformed services, their spouses and survivors to the same pharmacy benefit as uniformed services beneficiaries under age 65.

There are no enrollment fees or waiting periods for this new program. All you need is your military ID card and you are automatically eligible. To verify that your family's information is up to date, call the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) toll free Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time at 1-800-538-9552.

Part of the TRICARE services is a Pharmacy Benefit administered through the National Mail Order Pharmacy (NMOP), TRICARE Retail Networks and Military Treatment Facility (MTF).

MTF is the most economical way to go. Prescription drugs are Free. You can find the nearest locations by calling TRICARE toll free at 1-877-363-6337.

The most practical way to order your medication is through National Mail Order Pharmacy.

Prescription drugs purchased at NMOP are only $3 for up to a 90-day supply of generic medications, or $9 for up to a 90-day supply of brand name medications. is not a pharmacy or an insurance company.

If you choose to purchase your medications at the TRICARE Retail Network pharmacy you pay only $9 for a 30-day supply of brand-name prescription drugs, and $3 for a 30-day supply of generic prescription drugs. The prices at TRICARE Retail Network pharmacies are higher than NMOP, but are a lot cheaper than average retail prices.

You can get the nearest location of the participating pharmacies in your neighborhood by calling 1-877-363-6337 or Click Here.

TRICARE is a relatively new program and has become a great success story. In it’s first year of operation alone, the National Mail Order Pharmacy has filled 10.5 million prescriptions. For more information contact TRICARE at 1-877-DOD-MEDS (363-6337) or Click Here.

 

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