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.mil 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...]

DoD Budget Plan Takes Aim at TRICARE

February 27, 2014 | Terry Howell

The proposed 2015 DoD budget could kill TRICARE Prime and increase out-of-pocket medical expenses for dependents and retirees. … [Read more...]

DoD Budget Cuts Draw Fire from Veterans Groups

February 25, 2014 | Terry Howell

The proposed 2015 defense budget has been released, and it is not pretty. To summarize, the DoD is proposing limiting troop pay raises to below the civilian rate of growth … [Read more...]

TRICARE Genetic Test Policy: Pennywise, Pound Foolish

February 10, 2014 | Tom Philpott

Philpott’s Forum presents opinions, insights and questions from readers of Tom Philpott’s Military Update news column.  I want to comment on last’s week article about TRICARE not covering … [Read more...]

Some to See TRICARE Prime Restored

January 21, 2014 | Tom Philpott

The following is a response to a question sent in by a Military Update reader: I found online your article about the 171,000 beneficiaries who lost access to TRICARE Prime Oct. 1, 2013, due to … [Read more...]