12 Jul '18, 4pm

Conferees urged to reject Senate-passed Tricare fee increases

Conferees urged to reject Senate-passed Tricare fee increases

The Military Coalition, a consortium of almost three dozen associations and veterans groups, is urging House-Senate conferees, as they negotiate a final defense policy bill, to reject Senate-passed language that would impose higher Tricare enrollment fees and deductibles on more than a million retirees under age 65. The Senate version of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (S 2987) would repeal an unusual grandfather provision in current law that protects current retirees from a host of Tricare fee changes which, for now, target only members who enter military service this year or later and eventually retire. The Senate wants the higher Tricare cost-shares to apply, as the Department of Defense intended, to all current and future retirees. If the Senate language becomes law, DOD officials would reset fees starting in 2020. The impact over time would be billi...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/conferees-urged-to-reject-senate-...

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