It’s not just those working and living for pay check to pay check that are affected. We Seniors are taking a big piece of the brunt of the tax burden as we are the ones who use the most medical devices. We also are getting NO COLA’s for 3 years. And if you happen to be a retired over 65 Military person on Tricare For Life, you are getting hit with NEW BIG FEES!
The American Legion executive director was on C-Span talking about TRICARE. Talks a lot about the VA, very little about Tricare. BUT DOES say those on TFL are having a hard time finding doctors to take them.
Reading option 96 didn’t clarify for me if this is just the enrolee or the enrollee and spouse who will be forking out nearly $7,000 per year, and they call that MODEST COST SHARING! It goes into effect in 2011! It is part of an older DOD bill.
TRI CARE FOR LIFE This from a google search:
Option 96 pg 187
This option would help reduce the costs of TFL, as well as costs for Medicare, by introducing minimum out-of pocket requirements for beneficiaries. Under this option, TFL would not cover any of the first $525 of an enrollees cost-sharing liabilities for calendar year 2011 and would limit coverage to 50 percent of the next $4,725 in Medicare cost sharing that the beneficiary incurred. (Because all further cost sharing would be covered by TFL, enrollees could not pay more than $2,888 in cost sharing in that year.
Option 96 pg 187 http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/99xx/doc9925/12-18-HealthOptions.pdf
Congress plans to block Tricare fee increases
By Rick Maze - Staff writer, Oct 7, 2009
Tricare fee increases imposed last week by the Defense Department will be repealed by a provision of the compromise 2010 defense authorization bill unveiled Wednesday by House and Senate negotiators.
The fee increases were announced on Sept. 30 and took effect on Oct. 1, but the defense bill, HR 2647, includes a provision barring any fee increases until the start of fiscal 2011.
Retired Army Maj. Gen. Bill Matz, president of the National Association for Uniformed Services, said the announcement of fee increases was shocking considering that the Obama administration promised earlier this year to hold off on any new fee Tricare fee increases until fiscal 2011.
President Obama and DoD assured NAUS and the entire military family earlier this year that there would rightly be no increases in any Tricare fees in fiscal 2010, Matz said. We took them at their word, and I cant believe that a co-pay increase like this was allowed to go forward, he added.
IF YOU BELIEVE IT WILL GET REPEAL by bambi, dingy and botox, I’ve a really beautiful piece of ocean front property in Death Valley to sell you.
I am still holding out hope ( though slim) that SCOTUS will do the right thing