TRICARE

“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
Washington Report (March 24, 2015) Congress has until Friday to approve a bipartisan plan that would stave off a 21 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement for doctors that takes effect April 1. The reduction would also affect doctors who treat TRICARE patients. Without the fix, doctors may refuse to... Read more
Washington Report (March 17, 2015) TRICARE will stop paying for some prescription pain killers that include ingredients in compounded medications that it considers unsafe or ineffective. The changes will take effect May 1, according to a news release from TRICARE. The changes will affect only those... Read more
Washington Report (March 3, 2015) NGAUS supports additional choices for health care for National Guard members who are enrolled in TRICARE, but more information about costs is necessary before the association would feel comfortable eliminating TRICARE, the NGAUS president told senators last week.... Read more
Washington Report (February 24, 2015) Mistakes involving claims payments that are too high or too low are being missed by the TRICARE audit system, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. The report was the subject of an article in Stars and Stripes last week. According to... Read more
Washington Report (February 18, 2015) As tax season begins, Defense Department officials want to remind TRICARE beneficiaries of changes in the tax laws, which require all Americans to have health insurance or potentially pay a tax penalty. For the first time since the Affordable Care Act passed in... Read more

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