Compound Drugs Fleece TRICARE, Create Deep Budget Hole

July 30, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Dodgy companies peddling pricey compound pharmaceuticals have fleeced the TRICARE program so severely this year, before tougher screening procedures took effect May 1, that they are … [Read more...]

Military Hospitals to Seek More Challenging Patient Mix

July 09, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Department of Defense will ask Congress for new authorities to funnel more challenging cases into military treatment facilities, a move aimed at sustaining wartime specialty … [Read more...]

Doctor Readiness Factors in DoD Plan to Streamline Inpatient Care

July 02, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Doctor Skills Factor in Plan to Streamline Inpatient Care The number of surgeries and other inpatient procedures done on base by military physicians trails the inpatient workloads of private sector … [Read more...]

Senate Votes to End Hide-the-Food-Stamps Game Stateside

June 25, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Senate has voted to end a special food allowance stateside that was conceived 14 years ago primarily to avoid more news reports of military families using food stamps. On that … [Read more...]

House Supports Biggest Military Pay Raise in Five Years

June 17, 2015 | Terry Howell

[UPDATED: June 18, 2015] Last week the House of Representatives passed their version of the 2016 defense budget (H.R. 1735) , which includes plans to give service members a 2.3 percent pay increase … [Read more...]

DoD: Reshape ‘Blended Retirement’ Plan to Better Protect AVF

June 11, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Military leaders and Department of Defense pay experts have presented to Congress a reshaped version of that new “blended retirement” system for future service members, saying … [Read more...]

White House to Senate: Scuttle ‘Marriage Penalty’ on BAH

June 04, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Obama administration applauds several steps the Senate Armed Services Committee has taken to dampen military compensation growth next year, including support for a third … [Read more...]

Senate Looks at Slashing Dual-Service Couples BAH and Modernizing Retirement

May 28, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: Dual-Service Couples Could See Housing Allowances Slashed Many of the 40,000 dual-service couples in the military -- members married to other service members – have for years … [Read more...]

Plans to Squeeze Commissary Benefit Okayed by Senate Panel

May 21, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: Senate Panel Accepts Plan to Squeeze Commissary Benefit The Senate Armed Services Committee has accepted a Defense Department plan to pare taxpayer support of base grocery stores, … [Read more...]

Armed Services Subcommittee Proposals for Military Retirement and Benefits

April 22, 2015 | Terry Howell

The following is the House Armed Services Subcommittee for Military Personnel press release, which summarizes the subcommittee's  proposals for the 2016 National Defense Authorization … [Read more...]

Commissary-Exchange Consolidation Idea Gaining Steam

April 16, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: Commissary-Exchange Consolidation Idea Gaining Steam Consolidation of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) and three separate military exchange services into a single Defense … [Read more...]

President Supports Commission’s Goals for Pay and Compensation

March 30, 2015 | Terry Howell

The following text is from the letter sent from President Obama to Congress in regard to his support for the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission 's recommendations. Dear … [Read more...]