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 April 23, 2010

Armywide News

TRICARE not affected by healthcare reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Army News Service) — Servicemembers and retirees enrolled in one of the several forms of TRICARE won’t have to buy additional health insurance and won’t see a change in their healthcare coverage in the near future, according to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

The new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed by President Barrack Obama in March requires all Americans to have health insurance, and places strict guidelines for insurance companies to follow. However, TRICARE already meets the goals and requirements of the reform, and will not be affected, according to the Army Surgeon General’s office. TRICARE will remain under the sole authority of the Defense Department and the Secretary of Defense.

The new act states that parents can choose to keep children on their health insurance plan until their 26th birthday, but that is not the case for TRICARE.

By law, TRICARE covers eligible dependent children up to the age of 21, or up to age 23 if enrolled full time at an accredited institution of higher education and reliant on the sponsor for more than 50 percent of their financial support.

For more information about the TRICARE program in the Fort McCoy community, call the Health Benefits Adviser at 608-388-2246.

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