August 28, 2015
beneficiaries will see an increase in health care fees starting in October.
Oct 1, TRICARE Prime enrollment fees will be $565 for a family and $282 for a
increases will affect military families and retirees under age 65.
to TRICARE enrollment fees are based on the annual cost of living adjustment
for retired military pay.
family members of sponsors who died on active duty, and medically retired
servicemembers and their family members, are exempt from the fee increases.
beneficiaries have seen TRICARE Prime enrollment fees increase by 23 percent,
double the rate of inflation over the same period. Pharmacy copays vary by
class, but over the same time span, beneficiaries have seen a 60 percent increase
in medication costs.
freezing annual TRICARE fees for 13 consecutive years, defense planners tried for
several years to play catch up by proposing rate increases up to 300 and 400
percent over a five year period. MOAA argued that such a dramatic spike in fees
could financially devastate retired military families.
attempt to prevent disproportionate increases, MOAA successfully convinced
Congress to index TRICARE Prime enrollment fees to COLA versus health care
inflation in the FY12 defense bill. In the FY14 defense bill, MOAA secured
another legislative win by getting Congress to tie pharmacy fee increases to
COLA as well.
when it comes to pharmacy fees, Congress hasn’t been able to follow its own
law. In addition to last year’s disproportionate pharmacy fee increase above
inflation, Congress is now considering increasing pharmacy fees by 66 to 75
percent over the next decade.
are paying enough,” said Capt. Kathy Beasley, USN (Ret), MOAA’s Deputy Director
for Government Relations. “Congress needs to look at other ways to control
health care costs before trying to pass the buck to military families.”
Take Action. Send your
elected officials a MOAA-suggested
message asking them to prevent
steep pharmacy fee increases in this year’s defense bill.