…and I’m not happy about it. It’s been in the works since 2007 and is going into effect in 2013. I may be OK, I live close to a Marine Corps Logistics Base that is slated to close through BRAC, which if I read that right, means I’m still OK. I work at an AF base, but it’s 60 miles from my house, so I guess that wouldn’t count. At any rate, this shit sucks.
Defense officials are expected to announce that military retirees and their dependents that live more than 40 miles from a military treatment facility or BRAC (base closure) site will lose access to TRICARE Prime as early as next April. This move could force as many as 171,000 retirees to shift to TRICARE Standard, which would mean an increase in out-of-pocket costs–especially those with special needs dependents or other chronic health issues. The first round of Prime service changes is “tentatively” planned to go into effect in the West region on April 1. The North and South regions will see the plan implemented by October 1, 2013.