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  • Military Families Are Getting Shafted By Public Health Insurance

    05/17/2016 8:42:57 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press | 05/17/16 | Megan Barth
    TRICARE should admit wrongdoing and pay past due amounts to the UVP states It is no secret that America’s veterans are getting the shaft. We have seen these troubling headlines: A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital’s secret list Veteran dies after setting himself on fire outside New Jersey VA clinic The stories behind these and similar headlines reveal that America has not lived up to its promise to “care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan.” In fact, military families, specifically the children of military families, face similar...
  • Many Tricare Users to Pay Enrollment Fee under Congressional Proposal

    04/27/2016 8:16:08 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 25 replies
    Military.com ^ | Apr 25, 2016 | Amy Bushatz
    Many Tricare users would face annual enrollment fees in a newly named plan under a draft proposal released Monday by the House Armed Services Committee. Under the plan, current users of Tricare Standard and Tricare Extra would fall into the newly minted Tricare Preferred plan. Users would continue to be permitted to self-refer to providers, but doing so would come with an annual enrollment fee of $100 for individuals and $200 for families starting in 2020. New Tricare users would pay even greater fees. Active-duty family members would pay $300 for an individual or $600 for families to enroll each...
  • What will beneficiaries gain from higher TRICARE fees?

    02/27/2016 4:42:36 AM PST · by SandRat · 22 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tom Philpott
    As they review the Defense Department’s latest plan to raise TRICARE fees and co-pays, particularly for working-age retirees and their families, key congressional panels are asking what beneficiaries can expect in return. Faster appointments, more evening clinic hours, more physicians spending more time seeing patients and more base hospitals operating at full capacity were some answers given this week by military healthcare leaders. Perhaps the most important commitment came from Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, who said he, along with the new director of the Defense Health Agency, Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, and the...
  • Pentagon proposes covering hormone therapy for transgender troops

    02/02/2016 6:46:37 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 1, 2015 | Jacqueline Klimas
    The Pentagon announced Monday that it intends to pay for hormone treatment for transgender troops. The change was one of several proposed in a package of reforms. Written public comments about this proposed new rule can be made in the Federal Register until April 1. Tricare coverage for gender dysphoria treatments would be available to troops, their family members and retirees, including psychotherapy and hormone replacement therapy. "This rulemaking proposes to remove the categorical exclusion on treatment of gender dysphoria. This proposed change will permit coverage of all non-surgical medically necessary and appropriate care in the treatment of gender dysphoria,...
  • TriCare Glitch Dumps Coverage for 250,000

    01/20/2016 6:28:27 AM PST · by NonValueAdded · 4 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 20 January 2016 | NonValueAdded
    A friend told me a co-worker and her family lost TriCare Coverage without notice in early January. When she investigated, she was told a “glitch” in the interface between DEERS and TriCare caused the problem and a quarter-million families were affected. There was no projected date for the problem to be resolved. I have heard squat about this in the media.Looking to my FreeRepublic family to report if you know of anyone caught up in this latest guberment snafu. It is being pursued through Congressional and American Legion contacts.
  • Questions for Army Retirees

    10/27/2015 11:27:32 AM PDT · by Marie · 29 replies
    self ^ | 10/27/2015 | self
    Hello, FReepers! Hubs is getting ready to retire from the military and we're having some trouble getting straight answers on the TriCare Prime for retirees situation. Specifically, the family coverage. (I need it) Cost is the big one. I'm seeing everything from $555 a year to more than $960 a month. It's very frustrating because we're trying to figure out our post-retirement budget.
  • MILITARY UPDATE: Compound drugs fleece TRICARE, create deep budget hole.

    08/01/2015 7:42:55 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Dodgy companies peddling pricey compound pharmaceuticals have fleeced the TRICARE program so severely this year, before tougher screening procedures took effect May 1, that they are largely to blame for a $2 billion defense health budget hole Congress is scrambling to fill. In fiscal 2010, military outpatient pharmacy costs totaled $6.6 billion, with only $23 million spent on compound drugs. By fiscal 2014, outpatient pharmacy costs had risen to $7.7 billion but compound drugs costs soared to $515 million. In the first nine months of fiscal 2015, compound drug costs tripled again for TRICARE, to $1.7 billion, or more than...
  • Scammers Pretending To Be With TRICARE Contact Local Mom ( Colorado )

    04/29/2015 11:10:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    KKTV - 11 News ^ | Apr 29, 2015 | Sarah Schwabe
    A Colorado Springs mom is the latest target of a scam going after military families in Southern Colorado. The scammers pretend to be with TRICARE to try to get victims' personal information. 11 News first learned about the scam earlier this year, but we keep hearing from more people in the community who are getting these calls. Penni Schacherer lives in Colorado Springs, and says she was in the middle of homeschooling her son when her phone rang. The caller claimed to be with TRICARE and offered her a special cream that relieves pain. Schacherer tells 11 News she was...
  • Panel warns Tricare in ‘death spiral’ (Different than Husseincare's death panels)

    02/12/2015 5:51:48 PM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 2/11/15 | Travis J. Tritten
    WASHINGTON — The military’s Tricare health insurance is a broken system that is now in a “death spiral” and must be replaced, a congressional review commission told the House on Wednesday. The insurance has been veering toward less choice and access since it was created and now falls far behind other networks in its number of providers and ability to incorporate new types of medical care, members of the Military Retirement and Compensation Modernization Commission testified before an Armed Services subcommittee. The testimony is the beginning of hearings on Capitol Hill so lawmakers can consider legislation to overhaul the health...
  • Budget experts: Move Tricare beneficiaries to Obamacare (Pelosi knew)

    12/21/2014 5:06:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    12/20/14
    Link only - Budget experts: Move Tricare beneficiaries to Obamacare
  • MILITARY UPDATE: TRICARE to restore coverage for up to 40 generic lab tests

    07/12/2014 7:33:08 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    The Defense Health Agency, relying on medical laboratory experts and existing authority to conduct medical “demonstrations,” will restore TRICARE coverage this month for up to 40 genetic tests used in patient care. Many of these laboratory-developed tests — also called molecular pathology tests — are viewed as medically necessary. But TRICARE had stopped reimbursing for more than 100 such tests in January 2013, believing it lacked authority to pay for them when such tests are ordered by civilian physicians delivering care through TRICARE provider networks Military treatment facilities have continued to order and pay for such tests routinely, which created...
  • White House To Request $2 Billion To Handle Border Influx of Children Nogales Border

    06/09/2014 8:42:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 114 replies
    LATimes ^ | June 09, 2014 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    White House To Request $2 Billion To Handle Border Influx of Children Nogales Border Influx of children illegally crossing U.S. border is called a humanitarian crisis Federal officials scramble to respond to unexpected surge of minors immigrating alone into U.S. A rush of young children crossing alone and illegally into the United States from Texas is so large and unexpected that senior officials with the Obama administration said Monday the White House is asking Congress for about $2 billion to grapple with what is being called a humanitarian crisis. Molly Hennessy-Fiske Immigration agents are so overwhelmed that some children are...
  • I’m an Army veteran, and my benefits are too generous (You knew they'd get to this)

    06/08/2014 6:29:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 6, 2014 | Tom Slear
    Tom Slear, who retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 2001, is a freelance writer in Annapolis. A few weeks ago, I mentioned to a receptionist in a physical therapist’s office that I was covered by Tricare, the military’s health-care program for service members, retirees and their families. (It has nothing to do with the troubled Veterans Affairs hospital system.) “Good deal,” I said. “You deserve it,” she responded. Really? If she only knew. Though I spent more than five years on active duty during the 1970s as an Army infantry officer and an additional 23 years in...
  • Not a Smart Trade, Sir

    06/02/2014 6:01:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/2/2014 | Russ Vaugh
    PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl.
  • Breaking: Obama announces Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation

    05/30/2014 8:20:39 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 192 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/30/14 | Yahoo News
    Trying to get details
  • 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,”...