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New TRICARE Prime Enrollees Pay Adjusted Annual Fees

From a Defense Department News Release

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2011 – Military retirees enrolling in the TRICARE Prime health plan after Oct. 1 will begin paying slightly higher annual fees, Pentagon officials announced yesterday.

The fee change for fiscal 2012 means the plan will cost $260 per year for members and $520 per year for members and family.

The increase amounts to an additional $2.50 per month for individual members and $5 per month for members and family, officials said. Active duty service members receive health care with no out-of-pocket costs.

Annual fees for retirees enrolled in TRICARE Prime prior to the Oct. 1 change will remain at $230 and $460 until Oct. 1, 2012, officials said. Retirees in Tricare PRIME have a catastrophic cap of $3,000, and TRICARE Prime co-pays are not changing, they added.

“We are committed to offering the best possible health care system for our entire military family,” said Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. “This modest annual fee increase allows us to responsibly manage our costs in line with other secretary of defense initiatives announced earlier this year.”

Survivors of active duty deceased sponsors and medically retired services members and their dependents will be exempt from an annual increase, effective from the time they renew their enrollment or first enroll in TRICARE Prime, officials said, noting that the TRICARE benefit is among the nation’s most affordable health care plans. All service members, military retirees and their eligible family members have TRICARE benefits regardless of prior health conditions.

“The department is committed to maintaining the same unique health care protection we have always offered our warriors, both current and retired,” Woodson said. “To sustain our military health system we are working hard to streamline, become more efficient, and achieve cost savings. Together, we can manage our costs responsibly and continue to provide care for our service members, retirees and their families.”

 

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10/26/2011 3:54:32 PM
It seems to me that Military Retirees are being singled out in an effort to help with the budget deficit. Tricare program costs should be the last place the government should be looking for money! Until the politicians have exhausted all other measures veterans should have peace of mind in knowing they have a stable medical care foundation in terms of cost and quality! Anything less is totally shameful and UnAmerican in my mind!
- Gary M Sadger, Quincy, MI.

10/1/2011 12:14:22 AM
I’m perplexed and disturbed by this increase in basic Medical Care for our Military Warriors. We Fight War’s all over the World for the United States. Yet, we continue to bear the brunt of this Counties, Death, sacrifice and now Healthcare, while Banks on Wall Street continue to exploit the American People. At the SAME TIME, we continue to procure the F-35 from Lockheed Martin. This Platform has NO additional WF Capability, No Connectivity in the Battle Space between F-22, and any of our Legacy Platforms. JSF cost to the American Tax payer over $160 Million, time’s 2600 Platforms with no additional capability. Yet, we continue to purchase F-35 from LMCO because of bureaucrats in D.C. and our retiring Leaders move on to LMCO to a new position. It is outrageous that the ONE part of American Society “Gives IT all” both in peace and War for this Country has to pay for Healthcare. Something is Broken. Congress needs to be sent to Iraq and Afghanistan with a Rifle and Stand the Post.
- Dr. Bill Daniel, Washtington D.C.

9/30/2011 2:55:12 PM
While I understand that all members of society should continue to contribute to the overall health of our nation, it pains me that everytime someone has to sacrifice (whether fiscally or personally) it comes down to those that have done it for their entire lives. How about charging the people that are getting welfare, food stamps and free medical a couple of dollars each time they visit a clinic... Just my two cents..
- John Provost, Kentucky

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