Conferees Shape Leaner Budget for Military Pay, Benefits

October 01, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Military members and families have little to cheer from compromises House and Senate conferees reached as they finalized details of key personnel provisions in the fiscal 2016 … [Read more...]

DoD Resists Hill Push to Roll Back Compound Drug Rules

September 24, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Thirty-one House members, most of whom, public records show, got campaign dollars from compound drug lobbyists, are pressing the Defense Department to soften rules set in May that … [Read more...]

Combat Medicine Advances When Experts Collaborate

September 10, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Perhaps the most significant life-saving advancement in combat medicine in Afghanistan and Iraq was refinement of tourniquets and training to keep wounded warriors with shattered or … [Read more...]

‘Force of the Future’ to Reward Talent, Diversity, Motherhood

August 13, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Defense Secretary Ashton Carter next month will be presented with a package of detailed proposals for reshaping military and defense civilian pays, promotions and quality of life, … [Read more...]

VA Chief Counterpunches Over ‘Community Care’ Costs

July 23, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Veterans Choice, Access and Accountability Act of 2014, which Congress rushed to pass last summer to address a patient wait-time scandal at dozens of VA hospitals and clinics, … [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...]

TRICARE ‘Reforms’ Rejected; Caps on Pay and BAH Raises Remain Possible

May 14, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: Big TRICARE 'Reforms' Rejected; Caps on Pay, BAH Raises Still Eyed Both the Senate and House armed services committees have rejected two TRICARE reform plans, one from the Obama … [Read more...]

Transitioning Service Members Get More Time to Access MilConnect

December 04, 2014 | Terry Howell

Reposted From TRICARE sponsors, spouses, and their dependent children 18 years and older have access to their personal information, health care enrollments, eligibility and other … [Read more...]

TRICARE Improves Autism Care, But Cost Worries Remain

November 20, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Autism Care Coverage Improves, Patient Costs Still a Worry More than 26,000 military families with autistic children are getting better TRICARE coverage of applied behavior … [Read more...]

Ebola: Informed and Not Afraid

October 22, 2014 | Terry Howell

Posted at the Request of the Dept. of Defense By Rosemary Freitas Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Ebola. It is on everyone’s mind, … [Read more...]

TRICARE Cuts Rx Discounts for 400K Retirees

May 02, 2014 | Terry Howell

Starting this spring, more than 400,000 military retirees and senior dependents in the Tricare for Life program will owe the full amount for certain prescription medication refills if they use a … [Read more...]

DoD Proposes TRICARE Overhaul

March 05, 2014 | Terry Howell

DoD's Proposed Health Benefit Reform The President's 2015 defense budget seeks to overhaul the current TRICARE system and create a new "Consolidated" system – essentially eliminating the three … [Read more...]