Skip to comments.Dempsey to troops: ‘We’ve heard your concerns’ on TRICARE fees
Posted on 02/21/2012 4:04:32 PM PST by baileybat
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey told service members Tuesday that the Defense Department is continuing to review the militarys health care structure after proposing changes in its fiscal 2013 budget that would increase TRICARE fees.
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I don't trust anyone who was appointed by Obama...Anyone.
And there are actually vets and active duty who worship this guy. Weak people who are easily brainwashed is the only reason I can come up with.
“The TRICARE fee increases mean that military retirees in upper-income tiers would see their health care contributions nearly quadruple during the next five years.”
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Dempsey and the Joint chiefs are suckups!
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They got what they wanted out of us and now, under Obama, we have passed our shelf-life.
I know! So MANY active duty spouses like him! You will not believe this, but I actually heard the daughter of a CSM say: “ I like Obama, and will vote for him again. He has really improved our economy.” I almost swallowed my tongue! WTH? Like him if you must, but what’s up with the “he has improved the economy” talk?
Our daughter babysat for active duty major, and his bookshelf had all of the books Obama had supposedly written. I never talk politics IRL b/c I don’t know very much about them, but I do know when I am about to get or am getting screwed.
DoD FY 2013 Budget Provisions Devalue Military Service The Administration released its proposed FY 2013 budget this week, including plans to drastically increase existing TRICARE Prime enrollment fees, implement new fees for TRICARE Standard and TRICARE-for-Life beneficiaries, and increase pharmacy co-pays. FRA's National Executive Director (NED) Joe Barnes and Healthcare Advisor Bob Washington met with TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) leadership for a briefing on these and other changes to the Military Health Service (MHS) outlined in the budget. These proposals are in addition to the 13-percent TRICARE Prime fee hike imposed for this year and, if approved, would be tiered based on the beneficiary's retired pay. TRICARE Prime family enrollment fees, which were recently increased to $520 per year for all beneficiaries, would increase in FY 2013 to between $600 and $820, based on retirement pay. The fees will continue to increase annually until FY 2017, when beneficiaries will pay between $893 and $2,043 per year. TRICARE Standard and Extra families would see a new annual enrollment fee of $140 in FY 2013, which will gradually increase to $250 by FY 2017. After that, the annual fee will be indexed to healthcare inflation. A new enrollment fee would also be implemented for TRICARE-for-Life (TFL) families beginning in FY 2013. The new tiered fees will range from $35 to $115 per year and will be increased through FY 2016 to between $150 and $450 based on retired pay. Individual annual enrollment fees for Prime, Standard, and TFL would be half of the family fee indicated above. After FY 2017, the fees will rise based on healthcare inflation. Additionally Senator James Webb (Va.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services' Military Personnel Subcommittee, met with FRA staff and other members of the Military Coalition at FRA Headquarters today to further discuss the Administration's budget proposal. Pharmacy co-pays would also rise according to the plan, with brand name retail prescriptions ($12 for a 30-day supply) and home-delivery ($9 for a 90-day supply) both increasing to $34 by FY 2017. The cost for generic medications obtained from retail pharmacies is slated to increase from $5 to $9 over the next five years. Non-formulary retail prescriptions would be eliminated and non-formulary mail-order co-pays would gradually increase from $25 to $66 by FY 2017. There will be no pharmacy co-pays for generic home-delivery until FY 2017, when it would be set at $9. No co-pays will be required for prescriptions filled at Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs). FRA strongly opposes these drastic increases and believes they will substantially erode the value of military retired pay. Further, FRA believes these budget proposals devalue military service. The budget also calls for a commission to study and propose changes to the military retirement system. This BRAC-like process bypasses the expertise of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees and subcommittees and only allows Congress an up-or-down vote on the commission's