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military wife question about insurance?

well, i have open enrollment for health insurance at my work right now and my husband also just joined the marines and will be shipped off on Nov. 5th. i was wondering how good military insurance is for dependents. dont they pay less for dependents then they do for inlisties? i just wanted to know which insurance i should go with, and if i will be covered under military insurance as soon as he leaves for boot camp? and also if anyone knows the percentage they cover for depents on certain things such as dental, etc? thanks in advance.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    First, you won't be covered by military insurance until such time as he has graduated boot (because they can terminate his enlistment at any time prior to that). So until then you're not going to be covered by his insurance benefits.

    Secondly, if you have a military treatment facility nearby, then it is FAR better to go with military insurance, as you will be covered 100% for all treatment at no cost (providing the MTF treats civilians -- which most do). If you don't have an MTF, then you'll have to pay co-pays, and those can be comparable to public health policies, so you'd have to do your homework and find out which is the better bargain.

    Dental is a pain (and again, you'll have to wait till he graduates to get coverage). While I can't speak for the Marines, the Navy coverage through Concordia is dismal. You get $1200 a year, and heaven help you if you've got SEVERE dental issues...that $1200 goes fast, after that, it's all out of pocket, not to mention that most major procedures are only covered 50%.

    As an example, a root canal & crown will cost about $1000....but Concordia only covers 50% of that, so $500 is out of YOUR pocket. So be prepared for that.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Go with the military insurance. It'll cover you 100% for health at no extra cost to him.

    The dental is 80% for things like cavaties, but normal 6 month check ups are covered 100%. Luckily my kids have not ever had a cavaty!

    Dental he will pay for, we pay less than $20 a month for 4 dependents (sorry don't have LES in front of me, so don't know exact amount, I want to say it's $17 something.)

    I had a breast reduction several years ago. It did not cost me a dime (and I was able to go to a civilian doctor.) We did get the bill from the hospital and it was about $10,000. But it was medically necessary, so it was totally covered by tricare.

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  • Mrsjvb
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    1 decade ago

    Tricare Prime has NO monthly cost and zero out of pocket costs when you see your PCM and get your Script's at a base pharmacy. Standard: no monthly cost, and a small co pay.

    Dental: $10/month for one, $32 /month for the entire family. 2 free cleanings a year, one set of xrays per person. everything is covered at anywhere from 20-80%. It is one of the better dental insurances out there with regards to what it covers and pays for.

    you will covered under Standard as soon as you are entered into DEERS. Prime and dental require enrollment. be advised that if you choose another insurance, Tricare is ALWAYS the secondary payer.

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  • 1 decade ago

    go with the military insurance. it covers everything. we just had a baby and there was NO bill what so ever. dental is great too. make sure your hubby fills out all the correct paperwork. make sure you (and kids) are covered under the "Prime" insurance (for Navy, anyway). Prime is just about 100%. One of the best things about Military (navy, anyway) is the medical benefits. No co-pays or deductables, except, dental (fillings ect). Good luck. If we ever get out of the service, I will miss the insurance the most. Dont forget since you are new to all of this, almost everyone from car insurance to credit card bills, will give you a military discount, you must ask for it though!

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  • 4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    I don't think your insurance will start until after he has graduated from boot camp and can get the necesssary paperwork done and get your ID card. the military medical insurance is great, I'm enrolled in tricare prime and no copays, etc. the dental I believe my husband pays for me $9 a month or so and it covers twice yearly cleanings and xrays, fillings and other work, there is a small copay though.

    Source(s): Marines wife for 5+ years
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  • 1 decade ago

    military insurance is good...but you need to be near facilities. There aren't too many private practices that take TRICARE Prime. It, for me, stinks because even though I less than 20 miles from the biggest Marine Corps base in the area (Quantico) they have NO pediatric dentist and because I'm actually Army, I'd have to go to Belevoir for medical. And forget an eye doctor! Thank God my husbands civilian job still covers our medical while he is deployed w the NG!!!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You should be totally covered. You need to be enrolled in DEERS and TRICARE Prime to be covered. You pay a co-pay under TRICARE Standard until you are enrolled in Prime. Basic dental care like cleanings are covered. There is a small fee for extras like fillings, crowns, or other procedures. Those co-pays are not that expensive, though. You have to go to your nearest ID office to become enrolled. You can email me if you have more q's.

    http://www.tricare.mil/mybenefit/index.jsp

    Source(s): Marine wife...been through the system
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  • CRmac
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    you may want to consider doing both honestly.....i dont have my own insurance atm and wish i did. there are times when i have to wait a month or more to get into a mtf for an appointment (or to a doctor they refer me to) and the only solution tricare can give me is pay out of pocket to go to a different doctor...my daughter needs a medication refill that the doctor insists on seeing her before he will refill it and i cant get her in until december 10th to see him.....its gonna cost me almost $300 out of pocket (and this is tricare prime btw) to go to a doctor that is normally covered by tricare but i have to pay because its not her PCM. and dental i would definitely have another plan....they cover 100% for 2 exams, xrays, and cleaning a year. after that it depends on your rank what the copay is

    here is a list of them from the website:

    http://www.tricaredentalprogram.com/tdptws/enrolle...

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  • 1 decade ago

    TRICARE is not a bad way to go..but something you may want to think about. Check with your employer and see if they have a TRICARE supplement. For a small deduction from your pay (mine is $10 a month) you can see ANY Dr. and what TRICARE does not cover the supplement will.

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