President Obama Proposes TRICARE Changes

WASHINGTON – Military retirees would pay an annual fee for TRICARE-for-Life health insurance and TRICARE pharmacy co-payments would be restructured under the deficit reduction plan President Barack Obama released today. “If we’re going to meet our responsibilities, we have to do it together,” Obama said during a Rose Garden speech to announce the President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit...

TRICARE promises continued access to prescription meds despite Walgreen’s ad campaign

WASHINGTON – A dispute between Walgreens and a TRICARE contractor will not stop beneficiaries from getting their prescriptions filled, despite a Walgreen’s ad campaign to the contrary, a TRICARE official said today. Don’t let that advertising, letter and Internet outreach campaign scare you, Navy Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, deputy director of the TRICARE Management Agency, said. Even if contract...

TRICARE to Extend Dependent Coverage to Age 26

WASHINGTON  – To ensure military families don’t get left out as the new national health care reform law extends parent’s health insurance to their children up to age 26, TRICARE plans to roll out its new Young Adult Program by spring and to provide an option to make coverage retroactive to Jan. 1. The new program will allow qualified, unmarried military children up to age 26 to buy health...

Federal Rules Published for TRICARE Retired Reserve

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The interim final rule for the TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR) program has been published. That brings the opportunity for members of the Retired Reserve who are not yet age 60, the so-called “gray-area” retirees, to purchase TRICARE Standard coverage one big step closer to a planned program launch expected as early as September 2010. At that time, instructions about how to...

TRICARE Finalizes North Region Health Care Support Contract

FALLS CHURCH, VA – TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) announced on Thursday that it has awarded a contract to Health Net Federal Services, LLC, Rancho Cordova, CA., as the TRICARE Managed Care Support (MCS) contractor for the TRICARE North Region. The announcement follows the May 5, 2010 announcement of TMA’s intent to award.

Bill Introduced to Extend Tricare Coverage to Children up to Age 26

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich (NM-1) has introduced H.R. 4923, the TRICARE Dependent Coverage Extension Act, a bill that would increase the maximum age to 26 at which our troops and military retirees are allowed to provide health coverage to their dependent children.

Rep. Skelton to Introduce Legislation to Protect TRICARE from Health Care Reform Bill

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) released the statement below regarding his intent to introduce legislation to explicitly state in law that TRICARE and the DOD nonappropriated fund (NAF) health plans meet all of the health care requirements currently under consideration by Congress for individual health insurance. These programs provide health...

TRICARE Dives into Social Media to Engage Beneficiaries

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – TRICARE is taking the plunge into social media to uncover what issues matter most to its beneficiaries around the world.

New Program Helps TRICARE Beneficiaries Battle Lung Diseases

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Even after quitting, smoking can lead to serious health problems, and one of them is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. TRICARE is committed to helping beneficiaries quit smoking and stay smoke-free.