Why are Medicare eligibles age 65 and older not eligible for TRICARE?

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Why are Medicare eligibles age 65 and older not eligible for TRICARE?

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Medicare was established to provide health care to individuals age 65 and over. DoD would like to continue treating these patients and has sought legislation for several years that would permit Medicare to reimburse military hospitals and clinics which provide such care. Until legislation is received which would permit the reimbursement of funds from the Medicare program, DoD has no budget to provide routine health care to our most senior retirees, except on a space-available basis. You should sign up for Medicare Part B when eligible.