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FORMER CAPT. ANNIE BROCK
U.S. ARMY
Bel Air, Maryland
FORMER CAPT. ANNIE BROCK FORMER CAPT. ANNIE BROCK

SHE IS WORKING TO GET RID OF TRICARE YOUNG ADULT PREMIUMS FOR DEPENDENTS UNDER AGE 26.

By Kristin Davis
Photo courtesy Annie Brock

Brock enlisted in the Army in 1979 and later applied for a direct commission. Eventually, she was accepted to flight school and became a medevac helicopter pilot flying Hueys and then Black Hawks. Brock left the Army after more than nine years to focus on her family, including raising two now-adult daughters. Today, she leads an organization that serves transitioning servicemembers and their families.

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT TO YOU
Military families pay more than $400 a month in TRICARE Young Adult premiums while insured civilian families pay nothing extra — what Brock describes as a gaping inequity. Some military families are forced to put their young adults on Medicaid or choose less expensive school insurance plans. In one instance, a family whose daughter suffered a traumatic accident was forced to withdraw her from college, making her ineligible for regular TRICARE and responsible for thousands of dollars in medical care.

HOW HER SERVICE SUPPORTS MOAA'S MISSION
Even though Brock's own daughters are no longer eligible for TRICARE Young Adult, she is working to make sure other families are aware of the premiums they will be faced with and to ensure equity in health care between military families and civilians.

'Families — particularly military families — shouldn't be forced to make difficult financial decisions for their young adults just because they chose to make a career in the military.'

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This material originally appeared in Military Officer, a magazine available to all MOAA PREMIUM and LIFE members.

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