The Task Force on the Future of the Military Healthcare is conducting its first public meeting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, in the Board Room at the Crystal City Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Va. Officials expected to address the task force include Dr. David Chu, under secretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, and Dr. William Winkenwerder, Jr., assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.
The fourteen member congressionally-directed task force is assigned to assess and recommend new methods for sustaining the military health care services provided to members of the Armed Forces, retirees, and their families to ensure the availability and affordability of military medicine over the long term. By mid December 2007, the Task Force will issue a report to the Secretary of Defense and Congress containing their findings and recommendations.
The task force has a slate of objectives for consideration, including wellness and disease management initiatives, tracking beneficiary health risks, education programs, accurate cost accounting, universal enrollment, system command and control, procurement adequacy, military and civilian personnel mix, Medicare-eligible beneficiary needs, efficient and cost effective contracts, and the beneficiary-government cost sharing structure.
For more information, contact the DoD Health Affairs Office of Communications at (703) 681-1698.