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  • White House Presses for TRICARE Fee Increases

    11/21/2013 4:09:23 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 23 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 21 Nov 12 | Kellie Lunney
    The White House this week urged the Senate to support its effort to increase the amount military retirees pay for their health insurance. The current version of the fiscal 2014 Senate Defense authorization bill does not include President Obama’s proposals to impose higher fees and create new enrollment fees for some plans in TRICARE, the military’s massive health insurance program. The White House believes its initiatives would “control the growth of health care costs” at the Defense Department “while keeping retired beneficiaries’ share of these costs well below the levels experienced when the TRICARE program was implemented in the mid-1990s,”...
  • Tricare mandates substandard hospitals for US Military Retirees in the Philippines

    11/07/2012 4:47:14 PM PST · by usnavy_cop_retired · 8 replies
    vanity | self
    Starting 1 January, 2013 US Military retirees and their families living in the Philippines will be ordered, (mandated), to use only doctors and hospitals that the Tricare Management Activity, (TMA), and their contractor, International SOS, (ISOS), have contracted with to provide medical care to retirees and their families in the Philippines. This is the roll out of the TMA Demonstration Project in the Philippines. The rules state that all retirees must use only the medical providers, (doctors and hospitals), that ISOS was able to beg to agree to be a contracted network provider. If the retiree uses a doctor or...
  • More Tricare Fee Increases Proposed

    10/03/2011 5:14:36 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 39 replies ^ | Oct. 3, 2011 | Terry Howell
    The Depart­ment of Defense has been push­ing for TRICARE fee increases for nearly a year. This week mil­i­tary retirees who choose to enroll in TRICARE Prime will be required to pay an addi­tional $2.50 per month for indi­vid­ual mem­bers and $5 per month for mem­bers and fam­ily. The increase takes the annual pre­mium rate from $230 (indi­vid­ual) and $460 (fam­ily) to $260 and $520 respec­tively. Cur­rently enrolled retirees will begin pay­ing the new annual enroll­ment fees in Jan­u­ary 2012. The same week TRICARE announced their new TRICARE Prime enroll­ment fees, the admin­is­tra­tion pro­posed a brand new $200 annual fee for...
  • Military Tricare Hearing

    03/21/2011 8:49:56 AM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 20 replies
    VFW Washington Weekly ^ | 3/18/2011 | Teresa Morris
    Military Tricare Hearing: The House Armed Services Committee held a series of hearings this week to discuss the military health system for active duty and retirees. Committee Chairman Joe Wilson (R-SC) asked witnesses their views on where changes can be made to mitigate the increasing costs of military health care. Among those testifying was leadership from all military branches, senior Defense Department civilians, and several military and veterans' service organizations. Much of the discussion centered on proposed Tricare fee increases. The VFW strongly opposes any Tricare fee increase, and believes DOD needs to first reduce Tricare Management Activity infrastructure costs...
  • Report Calls For Boosting Tricare Fees

    03/03/2011 8:12:19 AM PST · by katiedidit1 · 29 replies ^ | March 1, 2011 | Bryant Jordan
    A Washington, D.C., think tank is recommending that Tricare fees drastically increase and that the Pentagon implement means-testing for still-working retirees to bring costs of the DoD-run system under control. Health care accounts for nearly 10 percent of the Pentagon's $550 billion budget, and a study released by the Center for American Progress suggests that it is only a matter of time before those costs start diverting funds away from the military's national security missions. "If the defense budget stays flat and these costs increase, it's going to hurt military readiness," said Lawrence Korb, a former Pentagon official in the...
  • Gates Seeking to Contain Military Health Costs

    11/29/2010 7:33:52 AM PST · by Racehorse · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | 29 November 2010 | Elisabeth Bumiller and Tom Shanker
    The battle over Tricare pits the efforts of the Pentagon to contain the exploding cost of health care for nearly 10 million eligible beneficiaries against the pain and emotions of those who say they have already “paid up front” with service in uniform, particularly those who deployed to America’s two current wars. The 10 million figure includes active-duty personnel, retirees, members of the National Guard and Reserves and their families. The arguments reflect the broader debate over the huge Pentagon budget that will intensify next year when Mr. Gates, who says he will step down in 2011, continues his campaign...
  • Tricare Overseas. Retirees will see more out of pocket cost

    11/26/2010 11:58:36 PM PST · by usnavy_cop_retired · 5 replies
    11-27-2010 | James Houstma
    Open letter to all Military Retirees living overseas Recently in an email conversation with a Tricare Management Activity, TMA, employee she told me that what they have done to us is planned to be implemented around the world, so our plight over the last few years is about to be expanded. We are attempting to get service organizations involved in this and had a petition signature drive. I have the email if anyone wants to see it. When the Tricare Overseas Program was implemented it was done without any thought to local practices or customs and without any safeguards or...
  • Vanity, need lawyer to sue Govt contractor

    11/13/2010 2:00:39 AM PST · by usnavy_cop_retired · 8 replies
    Kenneth J. Fournier | 11-13-2010 | Kenneth J. Fournier
    I am a member of a U.S. Military retiree group in the Philippines. We need to find a lawyer or law firm that can assess a possible class action lawsuit against a government contractor. I can't give details in the open for fear of the facts prematurely becoming known. If anyone can help direct us to a lawyer that will be willing to look at our case, we would be forever appreciative.
  • Veterans and Saluting?

    03/23/2006 5:07:45 AM PST · by gunnyg · 96 replies · 1,707+ views
    MOAA ^ | As indicated | MOAA
    "Do you think that veterans should salute - covered or uncovered - when the National Anthem, Honors, or Taps are played and when the American Flag passes? Currently, veterans place their hands over their hearts (still an option) as civilians do. 1024 Responses (871) Should salute 85% (153) Should not salute" 14%
  • Military Update: Joint Chiefs to back higher TRICARE fees

    01/03/2006 8:48:26 PM PST · by FreedomCalls · 23 replies · 762+ views
    The Daily Express ^ | January 1, 2006 | Tom Philpott
    The Joint Chiefs of Staff will endorse a Defense Department plan to raise TRICARE fees sharply over the next three years for under-65 retirees and their families, senior military officers said. ... As first reported here, defense officials want annual enrollment fees for TRICARE Prime, the military's managed-care plan, to more than triple by October 2008 for working-age retired officers. They would go from $230 for an individual - and $460 for family coverage - to $750 and $1,500, respectively. The fees would double - to $450 and $900, respectively - for under-65 enlisted retirees. Retirees who use TRICARE Standard,...
  • AAFES opening and closing facilities in wake of Hurricane Katrina

    09/09/2005 8:26:47 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 277+ views
    Air Force Retiree News via email | 8 September 2005 | AAFES via Air Force
    The following release concerns active duty and retired military personnel in the area impacted by Katrina who normally use AAFES facilities at Keesler AFB, Camp Shelby and Jackson Barracks. DALLAS -Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) officials have confirmed that its main BX at Keesler AFB suffered major damage due to Hurricane Katrina and will be out of service for an indefinite period of time. AAFES officials believe it will be a few more weeks before there will be proper assessments by engineers on the extent of the damage and a timeline of when the store can reopen. "The...
  • News for military retirees affected by Hurricane Katrina

    09/07/2005 6:01:14 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 1 replies · 358+ views
    Air Force Retiree News via email | 7 September 2005 | AFRNS sources
    These news notes concern only individuals living in the areas affected by Hurricane Kristina and friends who may be in contact with them. Tricare benefits continue for beneficiaries The Tricare Management Activity (TMA) assures its beneficiaries and their families affected by Hurricane Katrina that their health care benefits will be maintained and service and support will continue during this time of tragedy.That's the word from Dr. William J. Winkenwerder, Jr., assistance secretary of defense for health affairs.   "We are aware that many of our active duty service members, retirees and their families have been displaced and may be ill or injured...
  • Administration going out of its way to penalize the military community.

    12/30/2003 5:12:33 PM PST · by anthony634 · 119 replies · 204+ views
    MOAA ^ | 12/30/03 | MOAA
    Budgeteers Seek Lump of Coal for Retirees On December 16, the Pentagon Comptroller issued a draft budget decision paper proposing large pharmacy copay increases for military retirees. The paper recommended raising retiree copays from $3 (generic) and $9 (brand name) to $10 and $20, respectively. It also urged imposing the same copays on retirees using pharmacies at military hospitals and clinics (currently, military pharmacies have no copays for any eligible patron). Copays for non-network pharmacies would rise from $20 or 20% of the prescription cost to $30 or 20%, respectively. Given only two days to respond, all Services reportedly objected...
  • It's About Promises

    07/26/2002 1:28:00 PM PDT · by RetiredArmy · 106+ views
    Townhall Conservative News ^ | Oliver North, LTC (R), USMC
    Oliver North July 26, 2002 It's about keeping promises WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's been a lousy summer for President George W. Bush. Republican leaders are grousing that he isn't doing enough to keep GOP control of the House. Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld has his arm in a cast, and the Pentagon press corps is beating him up because we can't find Osama's body. Diplomatic correspondents are howling that the president isn't tough enough on Israel. The business press blames him for the stock market collapse and for being soft on corporate crooks. And now the gossip columnists are piling on...