Individuals who retire after a long career in the military are no different from any other retiree. Keep in mind we are not talking about health care for wounded or disabled soldiers. We are talking about the benefits provided to retirees just like retirees from any government job. As of two years ago, TRICARE participants had not had an increase in their premiums for fifteen years. All past efforts to manage these costs (just like your employer manages your costs) have been thwarted by members of Congress.
Let’s think about this, the proposal would increase premiums for a family up to $820 a year or $68.33 a month. How many retirees do you know who pay only $68.33 a month for health benefits? And keep in mind that many of these retirees are employed after retiring from the military and with health benefits from another employer.
A bipartisan effort to stave off President Obama’s plan to boost health-care premiums for certain active and retired military personnel has been introduced by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, and Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.
Those enrolled in the Tricare Prime program would see annual fees for retired families — currently $520 — jump to as much as $820 starting Oct. 1 and to $2,048 within five years
The fees would be based on military retiree’s pay amount.
Those in the Tricare Standard program would be hit with new annual enrollment fees of $70 for an individual and $140 for family coverage, and slight increases to their deductibles.
- Tricare User Fees Update (gunnerscorner.wordpress.com)
- TOM PHILPOTT | House-Senate deal likely on TRICARE fee hikes (kitsapsun.com)