New enrollees in Tricare Prime pay adjusted annual fees

| October 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Department of Defense
News Release



WASHINGTON — Military retirees enrolling in the Tricare Prime health plan are now paying slightly higher annual fees, Pentagon officials said recently.

The fee change for fiscal year 2012 means the plan will cost $260 per year for individual members and $520 per year for members and families.

The increase amounts to an additional $2.50 per month for individual members and $5 per month for families.

Active duty service members receive health care with no out-of-pocket costs.

Annual fees for retirees enrolled in Tricare Prime prior to the Oct. 1 change will remain at $230 and $460 until Oct. 1, 2012.

Tricare Prime copays are not changing.

“We are committed to offering the best possible health care system for our entire military family,” said Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for Health Affairs. “This modest annual fee increase allows us to responsibly manage our costs in line with other secretary of defense initiatives announced earlier this year.”

Survivors of deceased active duty sponsors and medically retired services members and their dependents will be exempt from an annual increase, effective from the time they renew their enrollment or first enroll in Tricare Prime.

All service members, military retirees and their eligible family members have Tricare benefits regardless of prior health conditions.

“(We are) committed to maintaining the same unique health care protection we have always offered our warriors, both current and retired,” Woodson said. “To sustain our military health system, we are working hard to streamline, become more efficient and achieve cost savings. Together, we can manage our costs responsibly and continue to provide care for our service members, retirees and their families.”

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