White House Gives Welcome News: No TRICARE Fee Increase

Springfield, Virginia – Bill Matz, President of the National Association for Uniformed Services® NAUS, was called by White House staff assistant Matthew Flavin, and told that the President’s 2010 Budget, due to be released in the next few days, will not include any TRICARE fee increases. The White House call was in response to NAUS’ strongly worded letter hand-delivered by Matz when he met President Obama in early April.

This is welcome news for military health care system beneficiaries, who have battled against Defense Department plans to increase TRICARE fees for the past three years. Until receipt of the White House call, the new Administration plans were uncertain. It was widely thought that the Pentagon would continue its attack on TRICARE fees as recommended by the Defense Department’s hand-picked 2007 Task Force on the Future of Military Health Care. Matz was told that the President used words to the effect of, We’re not touching TRICARE. The President also said, “We have a sacred trust to those who wear the uniform of the United States of America. It’s a commitment that begins at enlistment, and it must never end.”

“This is an important budget victory and shows that President Obama is willing to listen to the concerns of our nation’s uniformed servicemembers and retirees,” Matz said. “Giving priority in the budget to the health care promises made to our men and women who serve, and have served, in uniform is an important recognition of our nation’s commitment to those who serve and sacrifice in her defense…particularly, when we’re at war.”

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