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Tricare Update: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) required civilian health plans that provide medical coverage to children to make that coverage available until the child turns 26 years of age. This particular provision of the health reform law became effective 23 SEP. However, The PPACA did not give DoD the authority to offer this benefit through Tricare. There are provisions in the Senate and House versions of the pending National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2011, S. 3454 & H.R. 5136 (respectively), that would extend dependent medical coverage up to age 26 under a premium-based program. The Tricare Management Authority told the National Association or Uniformed Services they are prepared to implement changes when enacted.
Tricare already meets or exceeds most of the other new health care provisions which took effect 23 SEP under PPACA. The Act provides new or expanded options and consumer protections for those with private health insurance coverage. Most provisions under PPACA, such as restrictions on annual limits, lifetime maximums, ?high user? cancellations, denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions, have not been a concern for the active duty military and retiree families under Tricare. Because Tricare is an entitlement provided for by law, Tricare=s coverage has no lifetime cap. Under the basic entitlement, Tricare costs are determined by legislation and in general, active duty families and military retirees pay low, or no, annual or monthly fees, unlike coverage under most commercial health insurance plan. There is no cost for medical care for active duty service members.
SOURCE (US GOVT, NOT SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT LAWS):
Robins AFB, Georgia, Military Retiree Newsletter, Retired Activities Office, Volume 39, October 2010