In the letter to the editor on Friday, April 27, "Many will leave services without lifetime health care," the writer implies that there is a premium for the military retirees' health care called Tricare for Life, by stating, "I now have Medicare and Tricare for life. The insurance premiums are about $80 for both."
There is no insurance premium for Tricare for Life. It is free for all military retirees. Tricare for Life acts like a free supplement for Medicare part A and part B, that is, it pays any remaining charges after Medicare pays their part. The premiums that the writer pays are probably for the optional Medicare part B, which all people, not just military retirees, must pay if they want part B. Medicare part B is required, however, if you want the free Tricare for Life.