TRICARE Hospital Inpatient Fees Increase 20 Percent for Retirees for Fiscal Year 2010

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Tricare Management Activity, the Defense Department activity that administers the health care plan for the uniformed services, retirees and their families announced today that for fiscal year 2010, which runs from Oct. 1, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2010, the out-of-pocket costs paid by military retirees at civilian hospitals for inpatient care will be 20 percent higher than in Fiscal Year 2009.

The daily cost share for retirees, their families and other eligible beneficiaries using TRICARE Standard for inpatient admissions at civilian hospitals has increased from $535 to $645 per day or 25 percent of the total charge, whichever is less. Additionally, these beneficiaries pay 25 percent of the TRICARE-allowable charge for separately billed professional services.

For active duty family members using TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Extra, the daily cost share for inpatient admissions at civilian hospitals has increased from $15.65 to $16.30 per day or $25 per admission, whichever is greater. There is no charge for separately billed professional services.

For additional information about copayments and cost-shares for TRICARE-covered services, visit the TRICARE Web site at http://www.tricare.mil/costs.

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