SASC NDAA Has TRICARE Fee Increases and More
The Senate Committee version of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) allows substantial TRICARE fee increases. This Senate bill (S.1519) has been approved by Committee and will soon be considered by the full Senate. The bill repeals the so-called grandfather clause that excluded retirees who retired before the January 1, 2018 from scheduled TRICARE fee increases. The bill also increases pharmacy co-pays and provides for a smaller active duty pay increase (2.1% vice 2.4%) and makes further cuts to Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). Members are strongly urged to use the FRA Action Center to ask their Senators to oppose these provisions.
The House has already passed its version of the FY2018 NDAA (H.R.2810) and once the Senate completes its work on its version of the NDAA a conference committee will be appointed to resolve the differences between the bills and create a final bill, if approved by both chambers it will be sent to President Trump to be signed into law or vetoed.