Posts Tagged ‘Tricare’

…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.

171K May Soon Lose TRICARE Prime

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.

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And once again, the asshole in the White House wants to put the problems of America on the backs of the military. Specifically, on the backs of the active military,  retirees and their families.

They’ve already sacrificed for this nation, now that they are done with that, the government can screw them over.

We’re not a commodity anymore. Just a liability.

Thanks for your service asshole, now get on Obamacare and like it.

Trashing Tricare
Obama to cut healthcare benefits for active duty and retired US military

The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched. The proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges.

The disparity in treatment between civilian and uniformed personnel is causing a backlash within the military that could undermine recruitment and retention.

The proposed increases in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, are part of the Pentagon’s $487 billion cut in spending. It seeks to save $1.8 billion from the Tricare medical system in the fiscal 2013 budget, and $12.9 billion by 2017.

Many in Congress are opposing the proposed changes, which would require the passage of new legislation before being put in place.

“We shouldn’t ask our military to pay our bills when we aren’t willing to impose a similar hardship on the rest of the population,” Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a Republican from California, said in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon. “We can’t keep asking those who have given so much to give that much more.”

Administration officials told Congress that one goal of the increased fees is to force military retirees to reduce their involvement in Tricare and eventually opt out of the program in favor of alternatives established by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

via Trashing Tricare | Washington Free Beacon.

They can’t balance a budget. They slash the military’s budget. They go after the retirees to pay for the things that they were promised would be there after they did their 20 years, or better. It’s bad enough that they want to hike fees, but to do it by as much as 78% is criminal.

The Veterans did what was asked, now the government reneges on the deal. Typical.

From the Army Times:

Tricare costs would jump in budget plan
By Patricia Kime – Staff writer

Pentagon officials will continue pressing in 2013 for significantly higher Tricare fees for military retirees, including older retirees covered by Tricare for Life, as well as higher drug co-pays for all Tricare beneficiaries.

The Defense Department’s proposed 2013 budget calls for annual enrollment fees for retirees in Tricare Prime to rise next year by 30 percent to 78 percent, from the current $460 or $520 for families to between $600 and $820, depending on military retirement income.

“Working-age retirees” — those younger than 65 — also would pay annual enrollment fees for Tricare Standard and Extra: $70 for an individual and $140 for a family. These would be the first enrollment fees for Standard and Extra in Tricare history.

Deductibles for Standard and Extra also would rise by $10 for individuals and $20 for families.

via Tricare costs would jump in budget plan – Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq – Army Times.

Think this doesn’t effect everyone? Think again.

Final Democrat Health Care Legislation Threatens Coverage for 9.2 Million Military Personnel, Retirees & Families

McKeon Welcomes Skelton Concerns about Flawed Senate Legislation

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, today welcomed concerns raised by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Missouri) that the Democrats’ final health care legislation would impact coverage for 9.2 million military personnel, retirees, and their families.  McKeon further demanded that the House Democratic leadership delay a final vote on the Senate legislation until language can be added that explicitly protects military families.

“I welcome Chairman Skelton’s concerns, but we-as the leaders of the House Armed Services Committee-have a responsibility to assure our military personnel that their top-notch health care will remain intact before the House votes on final legislation.  The Chairman’s efforts are encouraging, but his leadership has decided to vote on a deeply flawed Senate bill,” said Rep. McKeon.

“We need to fix this problem immediately-before Congress passes and the President signs the legislation.  By forgoing the traditional legislative process, Democrat leaders in Congress-and the President who is pushing for immediate passage of the bill-have reneged on assurances that the Senate legislation would be fixed in a conference committee,” stated McKeon.

“Our military personnel deserve to know they will continue to receive the same level of care they so rightly deserve.  I look forward to working with the Chairman to include our common language in the annual defense authorization legislation; however, the damage could already be done if the Senate health care legislation becomes law,” concluded McKeon.

On March 18, 2010, Chairman Skelton issued a press release raising concerns about the Senate-passed legislation, stating: “Although the health care legislation passed by the House explicitly exempted TRICARE from being affected, the Senate bill did not. Unfortunately, the parliamentary rules of the reconciliation process did not allow for the inclusion of language that specifically protects these programs.  To reassure our nation’s service members and their families that their health coverage will remain unaffected by this, I will introduce legislation this week to explicitly state that TRICARE and the NAF health plans meet all requirements for individual health insurance; this language will also be included in this year’s national defense authorization bill.”

While McKeon disagrees with Chairman Skelton’s assertion that the House-passed legislation offered adequate protection for military families, he does agree that the Senate-passed legislation could jeopardize health care TRICARE beneficiaries.  Under the final Democrat health care bill, the 9.2 million military service members, retirees and family members who are covered under the Department of Defense’s TRICARE health plan might be forced to pick new coverage on the exchange-even if they are satisfied with their coverage.