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...]

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...]

Update to TRICARE Changes for 2014

January 14, 2014 | Terry Howell

Here are the first round of TRICARE changes for 2014: TRICARE to start billing patients for some lab fees TRICARE beneficiaries soon will have to pay out of pocket for diagnostic genetic tests … [Read more...]

Defense Bill May Enable Retirees to Get Back on TRICARE Prime

December 13, 2013 | Terry Howell

The House version of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act has a provision to allow the military retirees who were kicked off TRICARE Prime last October, a one-time shot at re-enrolling. As … [Read more...]

House and Senate Said to Agree on TRICARE and Military Pay

December 10, 2013 | Terry Howell

NDAA Update: 12/12/2013): The 2014 National Defense Authorization Act passed the House (now on to Senate).  The National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 is very close to passing both houses of … [Read more...]