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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 082-98
February 24, 1998

TRICARE MANAGEMENT ACTIVITY ESTABLISHED

The Department of Defense announced today that the TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) was established as a DoD field operating activity as part of the Defense Reform Initiative (DRI) to oversee its TRICARE managed health care program. The TMA and its executive director will report to the office of the assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Diana G. Tabler is currently serving as acting executive director. The TRICARE Management Activity began operations Feb. 10, 1998. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced the DRI on Nov. 10, 1997 as a sweeping program to reform the Department of Defense.

The purpose of TMA is to enhance the performance of TRICARE worldwide. TRICARE was developed to provide quality health care for members of the uniformed services and their families, as well as for military retirees, their families and other TRICARE-eligible persons.

The TRICARE Management Activity is being formed from the consolidation of the TRICARE Support Office (Formerly CHAMPUS headquarters), the Defense Medical Programs Activity, and the integration of health management program functions formerly located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (OASD(HA)). The specific program functions being transferred from the OASD(HA) staff will be integrated within TMA, as appropriate, and redundancies eliminated.

The TRICARE Management Activity is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, and in Aurora, Colo., the location of the former TRICARE Support Office.