House Lawmakers Rejects Commissary and Tricare cuts

There will be no changes to the commissary and Tricare for now. Both the Pentagon’s 2015 budget request and recommendations from a congressionally mandated panel included major overhauls to Tricare and the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). House lawmakers, however, chose to ignore those recommendations and instead focus their reform efforts on an overhaul of the military retirement system in their version of the annual…

2014 List of Military and Veteran Legislation Recap Provided by MOAA

2014 saw several pieces of legislation that affected both active duty and veteran service members. The major issues addressed by Congress were: Both Houses of Congress rejected proposals to consolidate the Tricare Program, which would have included means testing and new or increased fees to access the Tricare system. Also in the medical benefits area, Congress imposed a $3.00 increase…

TRICARE Coverage for your College Student

While in college your child may be eligible for TRICARE until their 23rd birthday or until they graduate, whichever comes first. For eligibility to extend beyond the age of 21, he or she must be enrolled in a full course of study at an approved institution of higher learning and be dependent on the sponsor for more than half of their…

Tricare for Life pharmacy pilot begins March 15

If you are a beneficiary of Tricare for Life, you should have received a letter notifying you of a new pharmacy pilot program. The new program requires users to get certain medications through home delivery or at a military pharmacy. Officials said the congressionally mandated pilot program, which begins March 15, applies to refills of maintenance medications that are taken regularly…

Shutdown Ends…And 171,000 Veterans Get Tossed Off of Tricare Prime

Lost among all the huffing and hullaballoo over the federal shutdown, the debt ceiling, the WWII Monument and the baseball playoffs, some 171,000 veterans and their families have been unceremoniously kicked off of Tricare Prime, effective October 1. Earlier this year, the Department of Defense sent out a letter to affected families that any families living more than 40 miles…

Protect Yourself from Obamacare Fraud

Any big new government initiative brings confusion with it, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – known colloquially as “Obamacare” – is no exception. The flood of information about mandates, exchanges, fines, taxes, penalties, lawsuits and rulings has boosted the noise-to-signal ratio about the ACA, and left millions – especially seniors – scratching their heads. Naturally, a small…

Dental Care for the National Guard and Reserves

As a National Guard or Reserve member, how you receive dental care will change depending on whether you are on active duty or not. Here’s a summary of how your dental care works.   When Not Activated When you are not on active duty, you and your family members are eligible for the premium-based TRICARE Dental Program. The TRICARE Dental…

‘Kaitlyn’s Law’ to Authorize TRICARE Reimbursement of Horse and Other Physical Therapies Introduced in Congress

A law requiring TRICARE to fund or reimbursed certain therapies for individuals with disabilities and the severely wounded or injured was introduced this week in the House of Representatives. The Rehabilitative Therapy Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act, dubbed “Kaitlyn’s Law” by supporters, seeks to amend Title 10 with the following language: (g) Rehabilitative therapy provided pursuant to subsection (a)(17) may…

Only 39 Percent of Mental Health Providers Taking TRICARE Prime Patients

More than six in ten private mental health care providers won’t take TRICARE patients, according to a newly-released study from the United States Government Accountability Office. While the access problems for TRICARE members was most acute for mental health care, the survey found that more than one non-enrolled TRICARE beneficiary in three had trouble finding a care provider in TRICARE…

College Students and TRICARE

While in college your child may be eligible for TRICARE until their 23rd birthday or until they graduate, whichever comes first. For eligibility to extend beyond the age of 21, he or she must be enrolled in a full course of study at an approved institution of higher learning and be dependent on the sponsor for more than half of their…