Question: Were you aware that another heavy assault has begun on Veterans’ and/or Retirees’ benefits to pay for other programs that this President promised during the campaign, which is a high priority for his administration?
This blog reveals that this President and his administration have already drafted proposed legislation that would basically reduce our TRICARE for Life benefits to a system whereby we pay deductibles and co-pays. If you recall TRICARE For Life was instituted to correct the broken promise that military retirees would receive free health care coverage for life and it covers the Medicare co-pay. Just another move to slight those of us who dedicated much of our adult lives to the defense of our country-You Decide:
Important Message for Military Retirees–Posted By Lynn Dartez-On May 15, 2009:
These are pertinent excerpts from this blog:
“Friday, May 15, 2009
Posted By: Fourth Republic Guest Columnist; Undertaker
To: All Military Retirees:
This is a “Heads Up” on a battle we are facing now and down the road with the new Administration.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has already drafted proposed legislation that would basically reduce our TRICARE for Life benefits to a system whereby we pay deductibles and co-pays up to $6,301 the first year for you and your spouse, with future years being indexed to increase with inflation.
The article below, obtained from an Air Force Association and written by Bob Clements, best describes what we can do. Please read it and check the links for CBO language and do what Bob says-Send this email to every Military Retiree you know and write and email your Congressman often.
For those of you that might have voted for “Change”, you should do it more than often!
TRICARE FOR LIFE’S FUTURE….
TRICARE For Life was instituted to correct the broken promise that military retirees would receive free health care coverage for life and it covers the Medicare co-pay. Now a heavy assault has begun on Veterans’/Retirees’ benefits to pay for other programs our President promised during the campaign. And it is a high priority of his administration. The one item of most interest to Retired Military is in Article 189.
If approved by Congress the first assault wave would hit in 2011 and would hit hard. It would initiate cost sharing to require retirees to pay the first $525 of medical cost and 50% of the next $4,725 for a first year cost of $2,888 per person. It would be indexed to increase with inflation. A reason given for this action (for PR effect) is “overuse” by Retirees.
For those of you who are covered by TFL you will want to pay attention (Below) to what Bob Clements has surfaced about the future of TFL.
In any case, on page 189 of the Congressional Budget Office report, see the note below on how to get to that spot, there is a strong recommendation to eventually eliminate the program as it is too expensive.
Just another move to slight those of us who dedicated much of our adult lives to the defense of our country.
Strongly recommend that you contact your elected officials and register your strong opposition to the elimination of the TFL program. Heads-up from Bob Clements,USAF Ret(P38 Bob)
The following has been added to the Congressional Budget Office Web Site:
a.Budget Options, Volume 1: Health Care
Introduce Minimum Out-of-Pocket Requirements Under TRICARE For Life (Option 96-Page 189): http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/99xx/doc9925/12-18-HealthOptions.pdf
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Note: These are other possible health care changes for active military members, retirees and their dependents:
Increase Health Care Cost Sharing for Family Members of Active-Duty Military Personnel (Option 95-Pages 187-188)
Increase Medical Cost Sharing for Military Retirees Who Are Not Yet Eligible for Medicare (Option 97-Pages 190-191)
Require Copayments for Medical Care Provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to Enrollees Without a Service-Connected Disability (Option 98-Page 192)
Note: The following articles and/or blog posts relate to and/or to support the above article and/or blog post-You Decide:
Gates Targets Retirement, Health Care!–Posted on MOAA.org-On May 27, 2011:
The Deficit Commission: Tricare For Life and Wounded Warriors-Posted on MOAA.org-On December 7, 2010:
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