Veterans nervous about Tricare health changes

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Registered: 01-10-2011
Veterans nervous about Tricare health changes
Tue, 01-11-2011 - 12:10pm

As word was breaking late Thursday about the Pentagon’s massive cost-saving proposal that would raise the rates military retirees pay for health coverage, those gathered in local Veterans of Foreign Wars posts were nervous about the plan.

Veterans care is deteriorating and none of the head honchos grieve the loss of our old savings plan to them or health care.

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Registered: 03-18-2000
Tue, 01-11-2011 - 1:19pm

From the article....

>"Details were scant about what the increase could mean to mean to local veterans, as information about the size of the proposed increases were not available at deadline."<

>"Secretary of Defense Robert Gates unveiled the plan Thursday. He said the current rate was set in 1995 at $460 per year for the basic family plan and hasn’t been raised since, while a comparable health-insurance program for federal workers now costs about $5,000 per year. Gates said many retirees are employed full-time while getting full pensions, and often use Tricare instead of their employers’ plan."<

It seems reasonable that



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Registered: 03-09-2001
Tue, 01-11-2011 - 2:30pm

Well, it wouldn't be surprising. In CA we have Blue Shield threatening a 30% increase, and there is nothing the gov't, state or feds, can do about it. Since no cost controls were built into the fancy new laws (which I was initially in favor of, but not the crap they actually passed). I expect insurance companies and drug companies to do their greedy best, especially in an environment in which, no matter what, people will be forced to buy their product in some shape or form. :| IMO, those who have put their lives at risk for their country, whether permanently injured in doing so, or not, all deserve something in return, and if they were indeed promised decent health care for life by our gov't, they damn well ought to get it. Not stab the retired military in the back now with rate hikes they may not be able to handle, or go to work to pay for. Just like other seniors on very limited income, having to deal with increased insurance rates. I think raising rates for the military is just a hint of what is to come for most of us, everywhere in this country.