Senate Blocks Plan to Increase Fees and Deductibles for Military Families with Tricare

Military servicemembers and their families that utilize the Tricare health insurance plans can rest easy for now as the Senate Armed Services Committee has blocked the Obama Administration’s plan to raise and implement new enrollment fees for new Tricare members and increase the cost of the mail-order drug co-pays. The administration planned to implement new enrollment fees for Tricare Standard and Tricare Extra, as well as increase enrollment fees for Tricare Prime and Tricare for Life.

The legislation effecting prescription drug benefits would have forced certain servicemembers receiving drugs for chronic illnesses to switch to mail order for at least a year and limit their use of off-base or non-military pharmacies. While some changes were approved, the current rates for drug co-pays are protected through October 15, 2012 after which there will be some increases for co-pays and a push for switching to generic medications.

As the Defense budget bill is further debated and finalized, a veteran who suffers from a disabling condition should apply for veterans’ disability benefits as soon as possible. The longer you delay your claim the longer you will have to wait for approval and may face any new changes that come to the claim process.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today  1-855-855-8992.