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Old 10-03-2011, 05:28 PM   #1
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TFL Proposed Fee

Things are getting out of hand......

The Depart­ment of Defense has been push­ing for TRICARE fee increases for nearly a year. This week mil­i­tary retirees who choose to enroll in TRICARE Prime will be required to pay an addi­tional $2.50 per month for indi­vid­ual mem­bers and $5 per month for mem­bers and fam­ily. The increase takes the annual pre­mium rate from $230 (indi­vid­ual) and $460 (fam­ily) to $260 and $520 respec­tively. Cur­rently enrolled retirees will begin pay­ing the new annual enroll­ment fees in Jan­u­ary 2012.

The same week TRICARE announced their new TRICARE Prime enroll­ment fees, the admin­is­tra­tion pro­posed a brand new $200 annual fee for TRICARE for Life (the Medicare sup­ple­ment for mil­i­tary retirees and their depen­dents who are older than 65). If adopted, this new enroll­ment fee would be charged begin­ning in 2013, and it would grad­u­ally increase. Accord­ing to the White House the pro­posal would save $6.7 bil­lion over 10 years.

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Old 10-03-2011, 06:27 PM   #2
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There is another thread going I started with roughly the same topic. I asked when TFL would be affected and yours is the first comment I've seen on it.

It certainly doesn't surprise me that there will be a fee attached. I've watched over the past 50 years since I joined the Army as our benefits slowly disappeared. Although there never used to be a TFL, many have accepted it as part of the original "the Army takes care of its' own". I have mixed feelings about this as I'm willing to do my share to help the economy. But why does it always have to be the military that is the spearhead for bad things? My guess is because the government knows that military people have historically falled in line and sacrificed, regardless of the call. We don't raise our voices near enough unfortunately.
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