TRICARE

Washington Report (August 5, 2014) President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law a reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs that easily passed Congress last week. The reform includes several items of interest to National Guard members who live far from VA facilities or have been the... Read more
Washington Report (August 5, 2014) The backlog of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs is partly the result of delays in getting medical records from the services to the VA, according to a report from the Defense Department inspector general. The report released last week put much of the... Read more
Washington Report (July 29, 2014) Congress likely will approve this week a measure to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs that will allow patients who must wait more than 30 days for an appointment to seek care from a VA-approved hospital. However, the VA will schedule the appointment and... Read more
Right now is a very good time for every member of the National Guard to stand up and be counted. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, established by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, is currently conducting a review of all military compensation and... Read more
The National Defense Authorization Act handily passed Thursday by the House of Representatives authorizes $552.1 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $79.4 billion for overseas contingency operations. The vote was 325 to 98. In addition to provisions mentioned previously, the... Read more
Washington Report (April 1, 2013) Another temporary solution to a nagging problem that could affect TRICARE users has been passed by Congress. One week after the House gave the so-called “doc fix” legislation its approval, the Senate voted Monday evening to pass the bill and send it to the... Read more
In a briefing Monday afternoon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined key priorities in the fiscal 2015 defense budget. Highlights: Reduction of tactical air squadrons to include the entire A-10 fleet. Retire 80 more aircraft, including the entire KC-10 tanker fleet and the Global Hawk Block... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 17, 2013) The Pentagon has determined it can save $120 million a year if TRICARE For Life users fill some prescriptions by mail. The government last week published an interim rule requiring retirees and family members age 65 and older to fill maintenance prescriptions... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 5, 2013) With painkiller addiction on the rise among its troops, the Defense Department will allow TRICARE to pay for broader treatment of the addiction. The rule that goes into effect Nov. 21 allows TRICARE to pay for certain drug treatments used in substance abuse... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 29, 2013) NGAUS discussed future pay, allowances and benefits with senior staff of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission at the National Guard Memorial, the association's headquarters in Washington, D.C., Oct. 25. Established by the fiscal... Read more

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