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Old 25 September 2009, 02:47 AM
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Default End of TRICARE for Life

Has anyone heard of this or received an email pertaining to this item? I received the following email from a buddy who's retired U.S. Navy and after checking SNOPES, can't confirm or deny it:


To: All Military Retirees and Their Spouses/Surviving Spouses

This is a "Heads Up" on a battle we are facing now and down the
road with the new Administration. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has
already drafted proposed legislation that would basically reduce our
TRICARE for Life benefits to a system whereby we pay deductibles and co-pays up
to $6,301 the first year for you and your spouse, with future years being indexed to increase with inflation.

For those of you that might have voted for "Change", you should
do it more than often!

TRICARE FOR LIFE'S FUTURE.... TRICARE For Life was instituted to
correct the broken promise that military retirees would receive free
healthcare coverage for life and it covers the Medicare co-pay.

Now a heavy assault has begun on Veterans'/Retirees' benefits to
pay for other programs our President promised during the campaign. And it
is a high priority of his administration. The one item of most interest to
Retired Military is in Article 189.

If approved by Congress, the first assault wave would hit in
2011 and would hit hard. It would initiate cost sharing to require retirees
to pay the first $525 of medical cost and 50% of the next $4,725 for a
first year cost of $2,888 per person.

It would be indexed to increase with inflation. A reason given
for this action (for PR effect) is "overuse" by Retirees.

Just another move to slight those of us who dedicated much of
our adult lives to the defense of our country.
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Old 25 September 2009, 02:58 AM
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The CBO doesn't propose legislation.

However, increases in Tricare enrollment costs were proposed back during the last administration, and that was by DoD.
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Old 25 September 2009, 10:14 AM
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I am a retiree. I pay around $500 each year to enroll, and we have office co-pays, and $3 or $9 co-pays for each script.

Or I can still go on-base to MilMed and be treated by corpsmen.
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