National Health Care and Its Effect on Tricare
If you’ve been reading or watching the news in recent weeks, you’ve undoubtedly heard a great deal about efforts in Congress to enact new laws that would dramatically alter our nation's health care apparatus. Many of our members have contacted us to ask about the new plan and its implications for active-duty personnel, retirees, and family members who are provided care under the TRICARE program. Our answer: the best way to ensure national health reform doesn’t subsume TRICARE is to make your voice heard in the halls of Congress.
Though there are no specific provisions that affect TRICARE, and many prominent Members of Congress and staff have given assurances that TRICARE will not be folded in, skeptics remain. The Air Force Association is pleased by developments that have delayed action until after the August recess, and we hope that remaining ambiguities on the effects of this plan on TRICARE will be addressed before any legislation passes through the houses of Congress. AFA believes that TRICARE is an earned benefit that should not be folded into a ‘one size fits all’ scheme that does not consider the extraordinary sacrifices that military servicemembers and families make on behalf of our Nation. If we truly believe that military service is an exceptional calling, and we respect the oath that these brave men and women take, surely we will honor their service with an exceptional provision of care.
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