Washington Report (December 6, 2016) Walgreens joined the TRICARE retail pharmacy network Dec. 1, while CVS pharmacies, including those in Target stores, have left the network on the same day. “The network will still have more than 57,000 locations across the country,” said Dr. George Jones, the... Read more
Washington Report (October 18, 2016) TRICARE has extended its “well-child” coverage through age 21, bringing it in line with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The policy change went into effect last week, according to, a website dedicated to military news. Until this... Read more
Washington Report (September 20, 2016) The Pentagon will pay for sex-change surgeries in military hospitals for currently serving troops if a patient’s physician considers it necessary and it is approved by senior military health officials. According to Military Times, the policy came to light... Read more
Washington Report (August 30, 2016) The woman in charge of the Defense Health Agency says TRICARE is now covering transgender military family members and retirees, ahead of the program’s official policy. Vice Adm. Raquel Bono told last month, “I’m not going to wait for the final policy... Read more
Washington Report (August 23, 2016) Members of the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus are pushing defense leaders in the House and Senate to support provisions of the defense bill affecting National Guardsmen in a variety of areas, from health care to mobilization to travel reimbursement and... Read more
“My VA is about keeping veterans at the table: In control of how, when and where they wish to be served.” - VA Secretary Robert McDonald “My VA” is how Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald described his ideal standard of care when speaking today about his vision for an... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) At the urging of Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the Department of Veterans Affairs has modified a policy that had been causing a financial hardship for many reserve-component members who receive both VA benefits and drill pay. Because they are not permitted to... Read more
Imagine pulling up to your local pharmacy as you do every month to pick up your prescription. However, this time the pharmacist informs you that TRICARE says you are not currently covered. Amidst your frustrations, you quickly call TRICARE only for them to ask one simple question: “Has your duty... Read more
WASHINGTON (Dec. 3, 2015) — A representative for three military associations that give voice to 1.1 million National Guardsmen and Reservists told a House panel this morning that military health-care reform must address the unique challenges faced by reserve-component service members. “Most... Read more
Washington Report (April 21, 2015) Lawmakers last week did what they have not been able to do for more than 17 years. They approved a plan to prevent a large cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare and TRICARE patients. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law Thursday. The law repairs... Read more