Koutz reiterates opposition to TRICARE fee increase

Koutz reiterates opposition to TRICARE fee increase

American Legion National Commander James E. Koutz has reiterated the organization’s strong opposition to any increases in the premiums paid by military retirees for their TRICARE for Life medical insurance coverage. TRICARE for Life is the Department of Defense-administered medical insurance plan for retired career service members over the age of 65. The DoD’s just released budget plan for fiscal year 2014 includes marginal raises in TRICARE for Life co-pays and an overall fee increase to 2 percent of gross retired pay within five years.

"That is egregious enough, but the Pentagon budget also includes proposals to raise fees and premiums for working age enrollees in the TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Extra plans," Koutz said. "Those raises may start out slowly at first, but escalate rapidly over the next several years. So again – and more loudly than ever – we say no to the idea of placing more and increasingly significant financial burdens on those who have dedicated their working lives to serving our country. These periodically resurrected proposals remain absolutely unacceptable. We said it last year. We say it this year and, if necessary, we’ll say it next year and the next and the next. Raising TRICARE fees is a bad idea that effectively punishes loyal citizens who have already sacrificed quite enough on behalf of all of us.

"Even the Pentagon itself must suspect as much, given that the happily titled "People Are Central" section of their just issued "Summary of the DoD Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Proposal" makes absolutely no mention of the TRICARE fee increase proposal. That, in itself, should tell Congress all it needs to know. We hope that our senators and congressmen will do the right thing and say, for once and for all, NO to TRICARE fee increases."

The American Legion has traditionally resisted proposals to increase TRICARE premiums and fees. Its formal opposition was most recently articulated in a resolution passed unanimously by Legion leadership at their annual convention in August 2012.

 

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holdcraftm

April 18, 2013 - 5:59pm

sjtn51, You are not the only one kicked off of Tricare Prime. I and my wife were forced off of Prime and to Standard this past October by the new contractor administering Tricare. I spend almost all my adult life (31 years) on active duty and this is what happens once we retire. I trust no one in the five-sided building and have changed my opinion of making the service a career. If the Pentagon can't keep it's promises then why should anyone commit their life to the Military? That is my advice to anyone interested in a Military Career!

sjtn51

April 12, 2013 - 10:15am

The rise in Tricare is bad, but does anyone have a view on them kicking alot of us off Tricare Prime????????????????? I just recieved my letter from Tricare telling me they will kick me off Tricare Prime Oct 1 this year. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2013, managed care networks operating beyond 40 miles of military treatment facilities or base closure sites will be halted under next-generation TRICARE support contracts. The change, to impact 171,000 beneficiaries/retired soldiers and families. The TRICARE Management Activity has a new online tool for retirees under age 65 and surviving spouses to verify if their Prime network will end Oct. 1, forcing them to use TRICARE Standard.

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