Increase in Tricare Costs Raises Concern

It’s usually considered one of those untouchables, but now even the medical benefits enjoyed by those who served in the military are being scrutinized by cost-cutters intent on saving taxpayer dollars.

President Obama, searching for ways to reduce the nation’s budget deficit, is proposing to increase the size of the co-payments collected from military health-plan beneficiaries for drugs and medication. At the same time, he would establish a first-ever annual fee in the military’s Tricare for Life benefits for Medicare-eligible retirees.

Tricare is the health-care program for military retirees and family members. Costs for the program have raised alarms – they are expected to total $65 billion annually in another five years.

Veterans’ groups, as expected, are not happy with the Obama administration proposals. The executive director of the American Legion, Peter Gayton, said that while the Legion “fully understands” the seriousness of the nation’s fiscal crisis, “we don’t feel targeting the small percentage of Americans who have chosen to serve our country is the best way to do it.”

Read more in the Washington Post.

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2 Responses to Increase in Tricare Costs Raises Concern

  1. Bonnie G. Abel says:

    I lost my husband, C. J. Abel, in July and have discovered that my FOX Army Health Center insurance verification card expires on Oct. 5th. I am 75 and not really up to driving from Gadsden to replace the card. Could you tell me if there is a possibility to get a renewal on the phone, or just give me a phone number to talk to someone in that office.

    Thank you so very much

    Bonnie G. Abel

  2. Isabel R. Barron says:

    I am a widow of a retired deceased retired military man. My husband died in 1986. He was only forty-nine years old. He was a Vietnam veteran and served time in Vietman. He had just retired six years prior to his death. I never received any pension . However I have depended on the Tricare contribution and am very grateful for this help. I am now seventy-three years old and depend on the contribution that Tricard supplies as a secondary insurance for my medical needs. I receive a small amount from Social Security and if I have to pay a large amount for co=pay for my medication I will probably have to fine me a part-time job just to budget my income. I feel that the service that my husband contribute for this country is more that co-pay for the medical expenses. I am against this new law that the president wants to pass. Thank you for listening to my complains. Isabel Barron