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 August 27, 2010

Armywide News

Federal rules published for TRICARE Retired Reserve personnel

FALLS CHURCH, Va. —The interim final rule for the TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR) program has been published. That brings the opportunity for members of the Retired Reserve who are not yet age 60, the so-called “gray-area” retirees, to purchase TRICARE Standard coverage — one big step closer to a planned program launch expected as early as September.
At that time, instructions about how to qualify for and purchase TRR coverage will become available. If purchased, TRR coverage is expected to go into effect as early as Oct. 1.

The statute that established TRR requires that qualified retired reservists pay premiums equal to the full cost of the coverage without government subsidy. According to the interim final rule, premium rates for 2010 will be $388.31 per month for TRR member-only coverage, or $976.41 for TRR member and Family coverage. Rates will be adjusted annually. This year’s premiums are based on the actual costs during 2007 and 2008 for providing TRICARE benefits to people in the same age categories as the retired reserve population.

The 2011 premiums will be adjusted based on 2008 and 2009 costs. Beneficiaries can read the entire interim final rule on line at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-19313.pdf.

A comment period will allow for public input before the final rule is issued. Those interested may submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal — http://www.regulations.gov — or by mail to the Federal Docket Management System Office, 1160 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1160.

Retirees who may want to purchase TRR coverage should ensure their eligibility information is correct in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). To get more information about TRR as it becomes available, visit www.tricare.mil/subscriptions and sign up for “Benefit Changes” for “Retired National Guard and Reserve Member.” Sign up for TRICARE e-mail updates at http://www.tricare.mil/subscriptions. Connect with TRICARE on Facebook and Twitter at http://www.facebook.com/tricare and http://www.twitter.com/tricare.

For more information about TRICARE in the Fort McCoy community, visit the TRICARE website at http://www.tricare.mil, call the TRICARE North Region at 1-877-TRICARE (1-877-874-2273), or call Pam Redmann, Fort McCoy Health Benefits adviser, at 608-388-2246.

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