New TRICARE Rules May Raise Fees

According to the Defense Health Agency (DHA) some TRICARE beneficiaries under age 65 may see their TRICARE fees increased when DHA implements substantial changes that were mandated by last year’s (FY2017) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA provided a grandfather clause that would exclude retirees who retired before January 1, 2018 from scheduled TRICARE fee increases. This grandfather clause was intended to shield current retirees from any fee increases. With the implementation of enacted changes through an Interim Final Rule (IFR), the DHA will charge current retirees more in co-pays. The IFR, recently released by DHA, actually allows lower co-pays for new retirees when compared to current retirees. FRA will be working with other Military Coalition (TMC) members during the comment period to get clarification on this IFR change.

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