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TRICARE's Reach Rapidly Extending

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 11, 1996 – The TRICARE managed health care plan for service members and their families and military retirees isn't gathering moss.

Implementation began only last year, and the plan's already in place in Hawaii, along the West Coast, in northern Idaho, all of Oklahoma and Arkansas and most of Texas and Lousiana. In July, TRICARE arrives in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and the eastern third of Louisiana.

Early next year, the plan is scheduled for Montana, most of Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and the western corner of Texas including El Paso.

TRICARE should reach the remaining states -- from Wisconsin and Illinois east, and from Kentucky and North Carolina north, including the District of Columbia, by August 1997. Alaska remains under CHAMPUS rules.

Overseas versions of TRICARE -- for Europe and the Pacific beyond Hawaii -- also are in the works, with the European plan slated for implementation this year.

The TRICARE Support Office, Aurora, Colo., provides TRICARE news and information to military editors and Internet users at http://www-qa-sun.ochampus.mil/index2.html.

More TRICARE information is available at the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs web site: http://www.ha.osd.mil/.

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