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  • Vanity - VA Wants Veterans to Sign Up for Obamacare

    03/15/2014 9:16:12 AM PDT · by Salvavida · 40 replies
    15 March 2014 | Salvavida
    I just received a letter from the Veterans Administration. Included is VA form 10-10EZ, "Application for Health Benefits". The form touts that once a veteran is signed up, the will have "met the new requirement to have health care coverage that meets the minimum standard". If I already have TRICARE for life, why would i need it? Looking at the date they want, I can only come to one conclusion: TRICARE WILL BE DISMANTLED. There is no other reason. If you look at the intake form, it also asks for intrusive data (real property, bank accounts, property, etc.) And the...
  • Five Ironic and Hypocritical Statements From Obama's SOTU

    01/28/2014 8:20:37 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | 1-28-2014 | Katie Pavlich
    January 28, 2014 Five Ironic and Hypocritical Statements From Obama's SOTUKatie Pavlich After speaking for more than an hour, President Obama has finished his 2014 State of the Union Address. Not surprisingly, his words and statements didn't come without irony or hypocrisy. Here are the top five: 1. President Obama touted the pre-existing condition requirement in Obamacare saying, "Because of this law, no American can ever again be dropped or denied coverage for a preexisting condition." As a result of Obamacare and since the federal exchanges were launched on October 1, 2013, millions of people have been dropped from their...
  • Working-age Military Retirees might be charge a monthly fee for Tricare in future Budget Options

    01/01/2014 6:45:38 AM PST · by DEPcom · 20 replies
    The second alternative would make working-age military retirees and their families ineligible for TRICARE Prime, which is the most costly of the three programs for DoD. Those people could instead enroll in TRICARE Standard or Extra during the annual open-enrollment period or when a life event occurred (for example, a change in marital status). Enrollees in Standard or Extra would pay a monthly premium that would be set at 28 percent of the average cost of providing benefits for that group.
  • 12 Year old Girl with rare illness denied help by Tricare

    Twelve year old girl has brain tumor removed results in rare condition Tricare and Anthem, will not pay to treat.
  • 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,”...
  • Military Update: Veterans could see benefits cut in effort to reduce federal deficit

    11/18/2013 11:00:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Cranford Chronicle ^ | November 18, 2013 | Tom Philpott
    Military members, retirees and veterans have a few more reasons to be wary of politicians who say their top priority is to cut federal spending. The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday released a report of more than 100 options for reducing budget deficits. It’s a timely product as House and Senate conferees strive to negotiate by mid-December a new debt-cutting deal to replace automatic budget cuts of sequestration. More than a few of the CBO options are fresh ideas to roll back compensation for categories of veterans or to raise TRICARE fees for military retirees, on suggestions that the government...
  • An open letter to tricare

    11/17/2013 6:48:47 PM PST · by usnavy_cop_retired · 13 replies
    vanity | 18 Nov 2013 | Kenneth J. Fournier
    Gentlemen; It has now been ten days since typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines causing almost total destruction of Tacloban, Leyte, (and other towns in Leyte), Eastern Samar, (the towns of Guiuan and Basey were severely damaged), Baco City, Oriental Mindoro, towns in the north portion of Cebu, Capiz Province in Panay, and many other areas. On 10 November, 2013 I asked that Tricare provide administrative relief to Tricare beneficiaries residing in the path of typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. Specifically I asked for a relaxation of rules for providers to be certified, (which is a unique Tricare policy that no other...
  • Military members, veterans missing out on key ObamaCare provision

    11/12/2013 12:17:15 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11 Nov 13 | Fox News Staff
    <p>One of the most touted benefits of President Obama’s health care overhaul law is the provision allows parents to keep their adult children on their health insurance until age 26.</p> <p>However, Trace Gallagher reported on “The Kelly File” Monday, this benefit is not being extended to a significant group of Americans: members of the U.S. military.</p>
  • Military 'tricare' not OBAMACARE Compliant

    11/11/2013 9:37:30 PM PST · by Understand the stimulus · 18 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 11/11/2013 | Staff
    One of the most touted benefits of President Obama’s health care overhaul law is the provision allows parents to keep their adult children on their health insurance until age 26. However, Trace Gallagher reported on “The Kelly File” Monday, this benefit is not being extended to a significant group of Americans: members of the U.S. military.
  • The 'you can keep your doctor' lie starting to hit Medicare recipients

    11/04/2013 7:23:27 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 60 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Nov 4, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    The firestorm over President Obama's blanket false assurances on Obamacare is only going to intensify, as more groups discover they have lost either their coverage or their doctor thanks to the health insurance changes imposed on the country without a single Republican vote. One of the biggest, yet so far almost completely ignored, changes is the looting of Medicare to pay for Obamacare. Now, it is starting to hit home. Evan Gahr of the New York Daily News recounts a story that will soon become very common among America's senior citizens: Obamacare has a new message to seniors: Take two...
  • Tricare leaves thousands of beneficiaries without medical providers

    11/01/2013 9:01:16 PM PDT · by usnavy_cop_retired · 2 replies
    11/2/13 | Kenneth J. Fournier
    Tricare leaves thousands of beneficiaries without medical providers No, that headline is not hyperbole. It is true. In Angeles City, Philippines the two hospitals that beneficiaries are required to use, and the affiliated specialist at these hospitals, have cancelled their participation in the Tricare Demonstration Project, yet the beneficiaries are still required to use only these same medical providers for their medical care or forfeit reimbursement for their out of pocket cost for that care. Here are the details. On 1 January, 2013 Tricare started a Demonstration Project for beneficiaries in the Philippines. Tricare’s contractor, International SOS, (ISOS), was tasked...
  • Tricare denies payment for baby's care/transport

    09/08/2013 9:05:39 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 23 replies
    At almost 4 months of age, little Brooks Dillard has spent more than half his short life in the hospital. For the last 8 weeks (as of 8/16/13), he has been at Seattle Children's Hospital. He has been on a ventilator the entire time, has had two major surgeries with another one in his near future. Brooks was born with a very rare congenital heart defect called Double Aortic Arch. Normally, the aorta leaves the heart and branches off to supply the arteries going to the arms and head. One of these branches then turns down to supply the lower...
  • Obama threatens defense veto if health care premiums for military not increased

    07/25/2013 4:31:10 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 52 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 24, 2013 | Joe Newby
    The Obama administration is threatening to veto the 2014 defense authorization bill unless health care insurance premiums and co-pays are increased, Investor's Business Daily said Wednesday. The administration also wants to reduce the proposed 1.8 percent pay increase for military personnel. According to the Army Times, the administration says the bill is "too generous with military pay" and not generous enough for civilian employees. The administration only wants to give service members a one percent raise. "A 1.8 percent increase would keep pace [with] the average increase last year in private sector salaries, while the 1 percent raise would create...
  • Obama: Defense Veto Unless Vets Pay More For Health Care

    07/24/2013 4:13:11 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 50 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 24, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Politics: A veto of the defense authorization bill is threatened unless the president gets his way. He wants health care insurance premiums and co-pays increased for troops and scheduled military pay raises to be reduced. Being used as photo-ops for presidential speeches and willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for your country apparently does not exempt our troops from the rising health care premiums that President Obama said, along with sea levels, would not rise under his administration. The next time a soldier hears "give me 50," it might be dollars and not push-ups. The White House has threatened to...
  • Soccer For Jihadists, Higher Premiums For Troops

    02/29/2012 4:58:57 PM PST · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 29, 2012 | IBD staff
    Priorities: Veterans of the war on terror will be rewarded with higher insurance premiums that favored unions are exempt from. Obama-Care must be served, after all, and that soccer field for Gitmo detainees must be paid for. For the soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and lost their legs from mines and improvised explosive devices, it is bitterly ironic news that detainees at Guantanamo, who helped maim them, will now be kicking around soccer balls at a new $750,000 field that is half the size of an American football field. This comes as the military is bearing the brunt...
  • Render Unto Caesar: Troops Fight On Obama's Behalf?

    05/10/2012 5:38:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 10, 2012
    Leadership: Lost in his gay marriage flip-flop was the president's claim that our armed forces fight for him, not their country. It was like following his spiking of the football over the Osama bin Laden kill with an end-zone dance. Few caught the revealing Freudian slip during President Obama's interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News in which he said he no longer considered what he described to evangelist Rick Warren in the election year of 2008 as the "sacred union" of marriage to be just between one man and one woman. But there it was, from the lips of...
  • United Healthcare transition in TRICARE

    02/24/2013 10:01:32 AM PST · by redlegplanner · 25 replies
    On April 1, 2013, the TRICARE West Region contract will transition to and be managed by United Healthcare Military & Veterans (UHC M&V). To make sure you understand the timing and key information about the TRICARE transition, visit the TriWest Transition Update Center.
  • Military Update: Retirees not near bases to lose TRICARE Prime Oct. 1

    01/12/2013 4:55:21 AM PST · by SandRat · 30 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tom Philpott, Military Update
    The military’s 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 military’s 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...
  • Military Update: Coburn, McCain sway Senate to bigger RX fees

    12/09/2012 10:19:57 AM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tom Philpott, Military Update
    Late-hour speeches by Republican Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and John McCain (Ariz.) on runaway military health costs led the Senate Tuesday to shelve a defense bill amendment that would have spared family members and retirees more burdensome co-pays on drug prescriptions filled off base. The timing of their opposition, in the last hours of consideration of the 2013 defense authorization bill when amendments were only being approved by unanimous consent, allowed Coburn and McCain to block the Senate from supporting the softer House-passed plan for raising prescription fees. There will be a second chance next week when House-Senate conferees iron...
  • CBO Report Takes Aim at Pay and Benefits (Military)

    11/19/2012 6:32:12 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 44 replies ^ | 11/19/2012 | Terry Howell
    The plan to discourage retirees and families from relying on TRICARE has some support in the Senate. CBO says restricting Prime access to retirees under 65 and their family members would save as much as $10 billion a year. The servicemembers and retirees should be aware that the deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” is likely to impact their families as much as the sequestration itself.
  • 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...
  • Obama to cut medical benefits for active, retired military, not union workers

    10/29/2012 9:22:12 PM PDT · by GodfearingTexan · 18 replies
    Wash Examiner ^ | Joe Newby
    In an effort to cut defense spending, the Obama Administration plans to cut health benefits for active duty and retired military personnel and their families while not touching the benefits enjoyed by unionized civilian defense workers. The move, congressional aides suggested, is to force those individuals into Obamacare, Bill Gertz reported at the Washington Beacon.
  • DoD to cut Tricare Prime in 5 West areas

    10/24/2012 6:57:32 PM PDT · by Marie · 22 replies
    Current News Early Bird ^ | 24OCT12 | Patricia Kime
    The Pentagon is moving ahead with plans to slash its network of Tricare Prime providers, starting by eliminating the Prime option in three states and two cities in the Tricare West region. As of April 1, as many as 30,000 Prime beneficiaries — retirees, Active Guard and Reserve troops, and family members — in Iowa; Minnesota; Oregon; Reno, Nev.; and Springfield, Mo., will have to switch to Tricare Standard, a traditional fee-for-service health plan, according to a source with knowledge of the reorganization. Pentagon officials would not confirm that the five areas will lose Prime in April. The areas lie...
  • Is this the prelude to ObamaCare (TRICARE in the Philippines)

    10/11/2012 5:16:25 AM PDT · by usnavy_cop_retired · 17 replies
    kenneth J. Fournier | 10-11-2012 | Kenneth J. Fournier
    Is this the prelude to ObamaCare (TRICARE in the Philippines) If you are covered under Medicare and live in the City of Los Angeles you will soon be required to select a doctor from a small list of doctors who have agreed to Medicare’s new list of preferred providers. The list will have only one to three doctors in each of the 18 major specialties. Along with that, you will only be able to be treated at one hospital in the Los Angeles City area, (probably located in mid-town), and you will also be restricted to a small list of...
  • Obama Thanks Military for Service by Tripling Tricare Premiums

    09/24/2012 10:27:24 PM PDT · by plsjr · 21 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Tue, Feb 28, 2012.. | Patricia Campion
    COMMENTARY | President Barack Obama began and ended his State of the Union address in January by heaping lavish praise upon the men and women of the military. He used words like "courage, selflessness and teamwork" to describe their ability to bravely accomplish each mission he set for them. The war in Iraq is over. Osama bin Laden is dead. Troops are coming home from Afghanistan. So now -- in a show of thanks -- the president wants to gradually triple their Tricare premiums. Tricare, according to its website, "is the health care program serving Uniformed Service members, retirees and...
  • Romney: Obama wants vets to cough up $$$ to pay for Obamacare (TRICARE on the ropes)

    09/01/2012 11:18:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/29/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Romney: Obama wants vets to cough up $$$ to pay for ObamacareJoel Gehrke - Commentary Writer August 29, 2012 | 4:31 pm Mitt Romney attacked President Obama, during a pre-convention speech to the American Legion, for raising military health care costs in order to pay for Obamacare. “The Obama administration has also requested $12 billion in TRICARE fee increases,” Romney said today. “I will not ask our wartime military to shoulder more sacrifices while the rest of government grows. I will not ask our service members – active or retired – to pay more for their health care to free...
  • Obamatax information needed

    07/11/2012 7:55:56 AM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 24 replies
    I am retired USN and currently pay a small Premium to HUMANA for TRICARE PRIME this covers my family with medical insurance. Since I began working for my employer he has allowed me to keep the portion that he would have to pay for my healthcare insurance as incentive pay it works out to be about $2.50 per hour. How is this going to be impacted by Obamacare? Any references would be appreciated.
  • Obama threatens veto of defense bill if military health care fees not increased

    06/30/2012 3:54:10 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 33 replies
    Examiner ^ | 29 June 2012 | Joe Newby
    <p>On Friday, the Obama Administration threatened to veto a defense appropriations bill in part because it does not include increased health care fees for members of the military, the Washington Free Beacon reported.</p> <p>“The Administration is disappointed that the Congress did not incorporate the requested TRICARE fee initiatives into either the appropriation or authorization legislation,” the White House wrote.</p>
  • Obama to Soldiers: Pay Up

    06/29/2012 12:02:46 PM PDT · by sunmars · 68 replies
    The Obama administration on Friday threatened to veto a defense appropriations bill in part because it does not include higher health care fees for members of the military. “The Administration is disappointed that the Congress did not incorporate the requested TRICARE fee initiatives into either the appropriation or authorization legislation,” the White House wrote in an official policy statement expressing opposition to the bill, which the House approved in May. President Obama’s most recent budget proposal includes billions of dollars in higher fees for members of TRICARE, the military health care system, and is part of the administration’s plan to...
  • The president needs to learn how to salute

    04/20/2012 6:10:33 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 23 replies ^ | April 20, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    There are few walks of life nobler or more rewarding than a military career. Military personnel work long, arduous hours, often under intense stress and in extreme danger to their own life and limb. They spend months away from their loved ones while on call 24/7 in an intensely unsafe and unfriendly environment. In return, they receive low pay and lose many of the freedoms of choice they take an oath to protect, freedoms the rest of us take for granted. I’ve been proud of my country, and especially its military, from the time I was a small boy, when...
  • Facts Are Stubborn Things []

    08/04/2009 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 554 replies · 8,546+ views ^ | 6:55 AM | Posted by Macon Phillips
    THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG THE BLOG TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2009 AT 6:55 AM Facts Are Stubborn Things Posted by Macon Phillips Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things." Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions. In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to...
  • The War On Tricare [Panetta Cefends Tricare Cuts]

    03/01/2012 3:50:12 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 10 replies · 7+ views
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/1/12 | Bill Gertz
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday defended the Pentagon’s plan to increase healthcare fees for military personnel as a senior House Republican called the increases another Obama administration “hit” on the military. “On Tricare costs for health care, we have recommended increased fees,” Panetta said during a hearing of the House Budget Committee. “We have not increased those fee levels since 1990,” he said. “We’ve looked at … the retirement area with the proviso that we grand-father those benefits so that those that are serving will not lose the benefits that were promised to them, but at the same time...
  • Obama sending to Congress bill to triple TRICARE premiums

    02/29/2012 10:09:18 AM PST · by pabianice · 86 replies · 16+ views
    Fox News Channel (live, no link) | 2/29/12
    Just on Fox. Obama sending Congress a bill to triple over the next several years the premiums service people, their families, and retirees will have to pay for TRICARE medical coverage. Dem congressman on Fox claims that the military have too good a deal on medical coverage and "it's only fair to increase their permiums." Repub disagrees. Notes that Obama's buddies in civilian military jobs (i.e. unions) will see no increase.
  • Trashing Tricare...Obama to cut healthcare benefits for active duty and retired US military

    02/27/2012 1:42:26 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 37 replies · 10+ views
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/27/2012 | Bill Gertz
    The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched. The proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges. The disparity in treatment between civilian and uniformed personnel is causing a backlash within the military that could undermine recruitment and retention. The proposed increases in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, are part of the...
  • Trashing Tricare [Obama to cut healthcare for troops]

    02/27/2012 1:05:40 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | FEBRUARY 27, 2012 | Bill Gertz
    The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched. The proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges. The disparity in treatment between civilian and uniformed personnel is causing a backlash within the military that could undermine recruitment and retention. The proposed increases in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, are part of the...
  • Dempsey to troops: ‘We’ve heard your concerns’ on TRICARE fees

    02/21/2012 4:04:32 PM PST · by baileybat · 11 replies · 2+ views ^ | 2/21/2102 | Amanda Palleschi
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey told service members Tuesday that the Defense Department is continuing to review the military’s health care structure after proposing changes in its fiscal 2013 budget that would increase TRICARE fees.
  • FY 2013 Defense Budget Request: Military Health Care Takes a Hit

    02/18/2012 12:16:03 PM PST · by El Gato · 4 replies
    DefenseMediaNetwork/Faircount Media Group ^ | February 15, 2012 | Craig Collins
    <p>Higher enrollment fees for TRICARE Prime members. TRICARE Prime experienced its first-ever fee increases in the 2012 budget. The 2013 budget continues that trend, and the budget overview released on February 13 proposes additional increases into the future. For the highest-earning working age retirees, the proposal calls for the current (2012) annual family enrollment fee of $520 to climb to $2,048 by FY 2017; for those in the lower tier of retirement pay, it will increase from $520 to $850.</p>
  • Tricare scrapping troubled system in Philippines to address fraud, military retiree care

    12/04/2011 12:37:02 AM PST · by usnavy_cop_retired · 20 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 28 november, 2011 | Travis tritten
    The demand for upfront payment -- part of Tricare’s attempt to crack down on rampant fraud -- has led to a dangerous burden for veteran retirees, (snip) “A lot of guys know they’re sick but they won’t go to the hospital because their money is slated for other things,” said Jim Tyler, director of the Subic Bay Retired Activities Office in Olongapo, which supports local veterans. “They won’t find out what’s wrong and they die.” Tricare acknowledges that the Phillipines system is one of its most dysfunctional and troubled — so much so that the agency decided in September to...
  • McCain: Tricare fees must rise to control costs

    11/17/2011 3:50:29 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies
    Marine Corps Times | 2011-11-17 | Rick Maze
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  • McCain eyes barring retirees from Tricare Prime (McCain stabs America's veterans in their backs)

    10/28/2011 7:18:14 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 47 replies
    Navy Times | 2011-10-25 | Rick Maze
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  • Top senators open to changes in military health (McCain Alert)

    10/15/2011 9:18:43 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies
    AP ^ | 2011-10-14 | Donna Cassata
    The top lawmakers on the Senate’s defense panel on Friday recommended that a special committee searching for ways to slash the deficit consider some of President Barack Obama’s proposed changes to health and retirement benefits for the military. In separate letters to the bipartisan panel, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., signaled they were open to cost-saving steps in military benefits, recommendations that have already attracted fierce opposition from powerful groups of retired officers and veterans resistant to change.
  • Retiree Benefits for the Military Could Face Cuts

    09/19/2011 3:42:14 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 54 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 18 Sep 11 | JAMES DAO and MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
    As Washington looks to squeeze savings from once-sacrosanct entitlements like Social Security and Medicare, another big social welfare system is growing as rapidly, but with far less scrutiny: the health and pension benefits of military retirees. Military pensions and health care for active and retired troops now cost the government about $100 billion a year, representing an expanding portion of both the Pentagon budget — about $700 billion a year, including war costs — and the national debt, which together finance the programs. Making even incremental reductions to military benefits is typically a doomed political venture, given the public’s broad...
  • TRICARE Promises Continued Access to Prescription Meds (Walgreens dispute)

    09/17/2011 6:35:46 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 11 replies
    U.S. Dept. Of Defense ^ | 9/15/11 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2011 – A dispute between Walgreens and a TRICARE contractor will not stop beneficiaries from getting their prescriptions filled, despite a Walgreen’s ad campaign to the contrary, a TRICARE official said today. Don’t let that advertising, letter and Internet outreach campaign scare you, Navy Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, deputy director of the TRICARE Management Activity, said. Even if contract renewal negotiations fall through and Walgreens drops out of TRICARE’s retail pharmacy network on Jan. 1, beneficiaries still will have plenty of other options for getting their prescriptions filled. Hunter called the dispute between Walgreens and Express Scripts,...
  • Walgreens Plans to Drop Express Scripts (TRICARE MILITARY)

    07/13/2011 8:13:29 AM PDT · by GailA · 33 replies ^ | Jun 21, 2011 | N/A
    DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens said Tuesday that after several months of negotiations it has failed to reach a contract agreement with pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, and as a result the drug chain will drop the Express Scripts network as of Dec. 31, 2011. At issue in the negotiations were clear terms of the agreement and unacceptable reimbursement rates that Walgreens said was below the industry average cost especially for Department of Defense Tricare program beneficiaries that Express Scripts manages.
  • Tricare’s new “closed network” for Tricare Sub-Standard Philippines;

    05/30/2011 11:14:47 AM PDT · by usnavy_cop_retired · 9 replies
    Kenneth J. Fournier | Kenneth J.Fournier
    Tricare’s new “closed network” for Tricare Sub-Standard Philippines; What we know and how it will accelerate the death of U.S. Military retirees By Kenneth J. Fournier ( In an effort to cause more pain and suffering upon the U.S. Military retirees living in the Philippines, Tricare is now poised to implement, a new, extremely restrictive “closed network” for Tricare Sub-Standard in the Philippines. On top of tricare’s current inability to provide the promised, and legally mandated, medical care to retirees including the slow payment of claims, a requirement to use only Tricare certified providers listed on a provider list that...
  • Health care costs a hefty price tag for Pentagon

    05/08/2011 8:17:57 PM PDT · by quantim · 13 replies · 1+ views
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 8, 10:55 PM EDT | DONNA CASSATA
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A military built for fighting wars is looking more and more like a health care entitlement program. Costs of the program that provides health coverage to some 10 million active duty personnel, retirees, reservists and their families have jumped from $19 billion in 2001 to $53 billion in the Pentagon's latest budget request. Desperate to cut spending in Washington's time of fiscal austerity, President Barack Obama has proposed increasing the fees for working-age retirees in the decades-old health program, known as TRICARE. After years of resisting proposed increases for the military men and women who sacrificed for...
  • Need help with CPT coding

    04/17/2011 6:19:34 PM PDT · by usnavy_cop_retired · 14 replies
    4/17/2011 | Kenneth J. Fournier
    I am in the process of filing an appeal on a Tricare claim that failed to pay the proper amount. I am in need of someone with medical billing background to tell me what CPT codes are used for a urine electrophor test and a serum electrophor test. I know that the CPT codes 84165 and 84166 are used but I also have read that there are several other sub procedures that are part of the billing for these test. Some that I have identified are; 86335, 86334, 86320 and 86325, but I am not sure if they are routinely...
  • DOD Proposes Tricare Increases

    02/18/2011 9:15:41 AM PST · by katiedidit1 · 64 replies
    VFW Washington Weekly ^ | Feb. 18, 2011 | Teresa Morris
    DOD Proposes Tricare Increases: As expected, the Defense Department FY 2012 budget recommendation contains plans to raise Tricare enrollment fees for working-age military retirees — first by 13 percent, then by linking future increases to double-digit medical inflation. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is against both plans. "Asking someone to voluntarily give up 20 or more years of their youth on the simple promise of a pension and lifelong medical care for themselves and their spouses is a cost this nation and our government should be more than willing to bear," said VFW National Commander Richard Eubank....
  • TRICARE to Extend Dependent Coverage to Age 26 (no wonder Prime premiums to rise)

    01/16/2011 6:52:54 PM PST · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Armed Forces Press Service ^ | 1/14/11 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2011 – To ensure military families don’t get left out as the new national health care reform law extends parent’s health insurance to their children up to age 26, TRICARE plans to roll out its new Young Adult Program by spring and to provide an option to make coverage retroactive to Jan. 1. The new program will allow qualified, unmarried military children up to age 26 to buy health care coverage under their parents’ TRICARE plans through age 26, defense officials announced yesterday. That’s up from the current maximum age of 21, or 23 for full-time college...
  • ‘Tricare Young Adult’ option not cheap

    01/16/2011 5:03:57 AM PST · by WVKayaker · 24 replies
    Biloxi SunHerald ^ | 1/15/2011 | Not noted
    The bottom line is that Congress didn’t achieve for military families what was gained for other American families, at least on adult dependent coverage, through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The armed services committees rejected adding young adult coverage as just another subsidized feature of the Tricare benefit. Doing so would have added $300 million a year to the burgeoning cost of military health care. In debating national health reform in 2009, opponents had argued that a superior Tricare program should not be impacted in any way. Only later was it noted that military families were left behind...