Skip to comments.Military Update: Retirees not near bases to lose TRICARE Prime Oct. 1
Posted on 01/12/2013 4:55:21 AM PST by SandRat
The militarys managed-care option TRICARE Prime will be ended Oct. 1 for retirees, their family members and for military survivors who reside more than 40 miles from a military treatment facility or from a base closure site, TRICARE Management Activity announced Wednesday.
Most of these 171,400 beneficiaries will need to shift health coverage from Prime to TRICARE Standard, the militarys fee-for-service health insurance option. For beneficiaries who use more than preventive health care during the year, the shift will mean higher out-of-pocket costs.
Defense officials expect the move to save the health care system up to $55 million a year.
-- more like Obama hurting the military veterans, AGAIN!
Thought you’d be interested?
ain't NUTHIN' gonn'a lower 'costs'
I’m currently located over 100 miles from a base and retired so I use tricare standard anyway. If I understand correctly, using prime I would have had to go where they told me to go for service and that would be to a base hospital. I have a supplemental policy to cover the 25% not covered by tricare standard. Looks like a lot of folks will now have to do the same. The supplemental runs about $1000 a year for my wife and me.
Again, it is what the people said , via their votes, they wanted.
I think Obama’s plan is to end Tricare and move everyone into Obamacare. This is just part of his planned gradual phaseout.
I will not be surprised to see the administration want all veterans to be in the VA hospital system and under VA managed care. More likely the DHS would like to use the VA hospital system as a model for a future government health system for the country. As such Could the DHS eventually be given the VA hospitals outright to “streamline and make efficient” veteran’s healthcare?
Holy crap! I might have something here.
I sensed when I retired that Tricare would slowly erode and eventually be worthless. My wife and I have built our budget around the need to pay for private health insurance. Bitter? No, because us Vietnam veterans are use dim to our country saying “screw you,”
I think they should go the opposite way. Close all VA medical facilities and enroll eligible vets in Tricare Prime.
I served in the military for 26 years, working and living in some of the worst $hitholes in the world. It is a damn shame that they are taking away my hard-earned benefits that were promised when I joined. And yet, illegal immigrants can get free medical care by walking into any hospital in the US. The government says it will save $55 million a year by doing this. I can think of a hundred other giveaway programs to lazy ass people who have never worked a day in their life that could be eliminated that would save more than $55 million. I defend my country and risk getting my ass shot off and this how they reward me? Our President should be tried for treason and the whole Administration should be put in prison.
You are correct on that. His long rang plan also includes bankrupting private hospitalization companies and establishing Federal Hospitalization insuance corporations like the post office and AMTrak. That is why AARP has been kissing his ass so much. They hope to be one of the corporations.
Waiting for inevitable calls of
Riposte: there are blacks in the military, too, dipsh!t.
The issue is which set of citizens served in combat, and are getting shafted, vs. which set is being bribed for votes, despite being a net drain on the economy (the Obamaphone woman is a union member who was paid by the Obama campaign to protest and encourage others to sign up for free goodies).
I agree with your last sentence
I think you are correct. I remember articles stating they would raise premiums on our active service people, then offer very low costs to exit Tricare and join Obamacare. It will seem only logical to go with the much lower rates for Ocare—then those rates will go up dramatically after a couple of years. I warned my loved ones not to change even though it will seem like the “prudent” thing to do.
Many, many CAS missions there. There was this one night Recon Extraction that went South on us...
The $55 million a year being saved would cover less than 10% of the $750 million lost annually to food stamp fraud. http://www.registercitizen.com/articles/2013/01/11/opinion/doc50f0e504891ba407564268.txt Of course, the actual amount of EBT fraud is likely to run in the billions: $750 million is what program officials are willing to own up to....
I agree with you. It’s like the nobama administration is “taking care of” veterans just like the mob enforcers “take care of” someone late on their payments. ALL of these criminals need brought to justice.
Gosh! That means 3 more vacations for the Empress. Guess one every three weeks or so isn't enough.
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