Family members of active duty service members and military retirees would see new fees under the Defense Department’s proposal to consolidate TRICARE plans, as part of the fiscal 2015 budget request sent to Congress Tuesday.
TRICARE, the military family health care provider, is set to close 189 of its U.S. customer service centers. Customers will be able to access all of the same services online or by telephone.
Congress is poised, for the first time since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, to miss its deadline to pass the one policy bill that’s been considered “must-pass” legislation under administrations of both parties. But the measure’s only chance of success also torpedoes Pentagon proposals for cutting DoD’s internal cost growth. Military personnel would receive a 1 percent pay raise next year.
Citing unacceptable delays by its contractor, the Pentagon waives the requirement for preauthorization of specialty care for military members, families and retirees in TRICARE’s western region.
David Santana, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, answers your calls and emails about the Medicare system.
It’s been two years since the Plain Language Writing Act became law. While agencies are doing a better job, more work needs to be done. A federal expert on plain language is offering agencies the writing tips he employs on a daily basis. At the same time, a new bill in Congress would extend the plain language act to cover federal regulations.
The Defense Department’s 2014 budget proposal reduces the size of the civilian workforce slightly, increases TRICARE premiums, and requests another round of base closures. It also calls for a slight raise for both civilian employees and uniformed servicemembers. The budget significantly exceeds the Defense spending caps in current law.
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Panetta’s request is falling on highly skeptical ears. A bipartisan group of two dozen representatives sent Panetta a tough letter.
Phoenix-based TriWest Healthcare Alliance will end its challenge to the Defense Department’s award of the TRICARE West Region contract to UnitedHealth. The decision comes weeks after the GAO dismissed TwiWest’s protest.