Definitely keep your Medicare Part B. Part B covers outpt care at non-VA centers. Do you think you might ever ride in an ambulance to a non-VA hospital? Choose to get a care at a private doctor's office b/c it's more convenient than the VA? Need lab work done by a home health agency? Want medical equipment outside the VA? Be admitted to a pvt hospital (Part A) & have the daily doctor visits at your bedside (Part B) covered?.....KEEP PART B. VA Fee Basis is very limited on what it will pay for community expenses (even for 50%SC+). Keep your Part B so you'll have the best options. If you drop it, but later want it back, you'll pay a monthly penalty fee (forever) for having dropped it. Also, you can only request to return to Part B from 1/1-3/31 (restart on 7/1). Shwew, I have a strong opinion on Part B. Hope that helps.