Magazine article VFW Magazine

New Tricare Copayments Announced

Magazine article VFW Magazine

New Tricare Copayments Announced

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VFW's Washington Office staff has been monitoring recent changes to Tricare, the health care program for active-duty troops, military retirees and their families. Here's the latest.

COPAYS FÜR DOCTOR VISITS INCREASE SLIGHTLY

After months of pressure by VFW, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) issued revised copay rates for the Tricare Select plan, which replaces the former Standard and Extra plans. DHA originally announced higher co-pays in September for military retirees, their dependents and active-duty family members.

The new copays are $21 for Group A primary care visits for active-duty family members and $28 for retirees. DHA also announced reductions in specialty care, urgent care, emergency room visits and ambulance service are present for Group A. The new Select plan has two beneficiary groups: Group A, for individuals who served prior to Jan. 1, 2018, and Group B, for individuals who began their military service after that date.

"The VFW is pleased that DHA listened to our concerns and took a second look at their calculations," said VFW Commander-in-Chief Keith Harman. "Many Tricare beneficiaries, especially junior enlisted families, live off fixed incomes or from paycheck to paycheck, so every reduction - especially in health care costs - can help make a big difference in household budgets and their overall quality of life."

More information about changes to Tricare is in the Notice of Tricare Prime and Tricare Select Plan Information for Calendar Year 2018, which is available to view at www. …

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