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Military Families Can’t Put Adult Children On Health Insurance

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

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The good news for families in the military who are insured through Tricare: their health insurance has remained unchanged post-reform. The bad news: they can’t participate in one of the highly-publicized benefits of it.

Unlike civilians with normal health insurance plans, families with Tricare won’t be able to keep their adult, non-dependent children on their coverage until the age of 26.

Defense funding authorization bills currently pending in the House of Representatives and the Senate seeks to remedy this disparity.

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Military Health Insurance Plan Will Remain Intact

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

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Some current military and veterans have worried about how healthcare reform will affect them. Will they be subject to the individual mandate, in the case that their current insurance isn’t deemed sufficient?

Not to worry! Tricare and Tricare for Life (the latter for those eligible for Medicare) will remain unchanged by the law. Active duty and retired military, their families, and National Guard and reserve members will retain their health insurance plans. Shared responsibilities for co-payments or deductibles won’t increase.

Tricare benefits are managed by the Department of Defense.

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Bill’s Impact on Military Health Insurance Plan

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

(Image: The U.S. Army under CC 3.0)

Most of the United States military–both active-duty and retirees–as well as their families, currently receive health insurance through a program known as TRICARE. Nearly 10 million serving in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard receive care through the program.

There have been some concerns that the TRICARE program wouldn’t be considered a qualifying health insurance plan in order to avoid penalties under the upcoming insurance mandate. Although the version of the legislation that passed did not mention TRICARE by name, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and a group of senators have publicly stated that the coverage counts towards fulfilling the requirement of minimum coverage.

One of the groups that expressed opposition towards the provision, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, has apologized for the misunderstanding.

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