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The administration’s $4 trillion proposed budget calls continues to call for cuts to military people programs to “slow the growth” of military personnel costs. The request is strikingly similar to the administration’s budget proposal last year. Once again, it calls for a military pay cap, an increase in out-of-pocket housing costs, and higher TRICARE fees.
MOAA members have access to services specifically designed for them.
The president’s budget would:
Overall, the consolidation does not improve the health care benefit – it merely shifts more cost onto beneficiaries. Retirees will pay more for care without improving access, quality, or wait times.
Three years of pay caps, the full implementation of BAH and commissary cuts, and consolidating TRICARE would significantly erode the purchasing power for servicemembers and their families. An Army sergeant (E-5) with ten years of service and a family of four would lose over $5,000 a year in purchasing power. An Army captain (O-3) would lose more than $6,000.
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