Bill would vaccinate Tricare against reform complications

Proposed bill would address the concerns of military families

A proposed Senate bill, the Tricare Affirmation Act, would change the IRS tax code to state that those covered under Tricare and other Defense Department health plans meet the minimum essential individual health insurance coverage requirement that is part of the health care reform bill that President Obama signed into law March 23. The bill was introduced March 22 by Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va)

Webb said the bill was necessary to clear up any potential confusion over whether enrollees in Tricare and related plans meet the new act’s minimum coverage requirements. Beneficiaries of Tricare for Life and military veterans’ health care programs also satisfy requirements under the Webb measure. A companion bill in the House, H.R.4887, introduced by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo), was approved by the House on March 20 by a vote of 403 to 0.

“This bill sets the record straight,” Webb said. “Supporting this bill will reassure our servicemembers that the coverage provided by Tricare will exceed the minimal essential coverage required under the health care reform bill.”

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Mon, Apr 5, 2010

So now that I've grown to trust them completely in what they do, are " and related plans " THEIR coverage, so they are exempted? Hmmmm, at the 'interest of our troups', of which I am one. Now, see how they've trained me in critical thinking skills. What a shame, you have to question the motive behind every action these days.

Thu, Apr 1, 2010

Completely unanswered in the bill will TRICARE be taxed as an earned benefit?

Thu, Apr 1, 2010

Now we need a bill that 'vaccinates' the rest of us from it.

Wed, Mar 31, 2010

Any co-sponsors signing on? Any chance of passage or is this a cynical "appearances only" bill? Will the issues of dependents up to age 26 be clarified before passage? Will the 21% cut to Medicare (and thus Tricare) providers be solved - permanently, or will fewer and fewer providers accept Medicare/Tricare? We already drive more than 1.5 hours each way to get to medical appointments in the NoVA/DC area...

Tue, Mar 30, 2010

My concern is that the bill allows coverage of children up to age 26, but tricare gets to cut them off at 21 or 23 if they are a full time student. What about those children with pre existing conditions? They still can't find medical coverage because no one will cover them.

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