Here is a very informative e-mail I just received on this issue:
TRICARE FOR LIFE’S FUTURE…..
TRICARE For Life (TFL) was instituted to correct the broken promise that military retirees would receive free healthcare coverage for life and it covers the Medicare co-pay.
Now a heavy assault has begun on Veterans’/Retirees’ benefits to pay for other programs our President Elect promised during the campaign . An it is a high priority of his administration. The one item most of interest to Retired Military is in Article 189. If approved by Congress the first assault wave would hit in 2011 and would hit hard. It would initiate cost sharing to require retirees to pay the first $525 of medical cost and 50% of the next $4,725 for a first year cost of $2,888 per person. It would be indexed to increase with inflation. A reason given for this action (for PR effect) is “overuse” by Retirees. For those of you who are covered by TFL you will want to pay attention
(Below) to what BG Bob Clements has surfaced about the future of TFL. In any case, on page 189 of the Congressional Budget Office report, see the note below on how to get to that spot, there is a strong recommendation to eventually eliminate the program as it is too expensive.
Just another move to slight those of us who dedicated much of our adult lives to the defense of our country.
Strongly recommend that you contact your elected officials and register your strong opposition to the elimination of the TFL program.
For those who have never opened one of these web sites from OMB :
1. double click on the above URL
2. click on PDF
3. click on the binoculars
4. do a search for TFL
Now here it is folks and I will guarantee if you sit around on your behind and do nothing about it as they bring these options forward this coming year, you will lose one of the best healthcare benefits that the Medicare eligible retired military have. It is short of the promises made that we fought so hard for back in the late 90s and early 2000s but it is still the best healthcare program that anyone in the United States has, bar none.
People who are professionals always look for the channel of least resistance when it comes to cutting money out of the Federal and DOD budget. I can tell you this straight on, military retirees are one of those channels of least resistance noted for sitting around, doing nothing, and waiting for ole Joe to do it for them. You had better wake up. Your medical benefits are prime target. If you lose them, you have nobody to blame but yourself. Let me repeat that … you have nobody to blame but yourself.
The way to secure your benefits is to write to your members of Congress and to keep writing and writing and writing. ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH!! Keep repeating the above statement until you are blue in the face.
Now I’m going to make one more statement to all of you younger people out there who are not yet eligible for TRICARE for Life. HEALTH CARE WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME THE DOMINATING FACTOR IN YOUR LIFE. Remember that . . . . it will impact you big time with the utmost in cruelty unless you are fortunate enough to die from a heart attack . . or get run over by a truck.
The service organizations will put up a fight, but, they will need your help and can’t do it by themselves.
I hope this makes it clear as to what you can expect if you do nothing.
To show you how stupid these professionals can be at times just read the data on the noted sites closely. You will see that in spite of the MTFs (Military Treatment Facility) need to get patients back to keep their doctors busy and the hospitals from going to clinic status, these people from OMB would employ a means to keep retirees from using MTF facilities by charging them a fee for services. How dumb can you get.
Even if you are an Obama fan, and believe that change hath cometh, TFL option from OMB will not go away. They need the money they spend on you for other programs for people who produce nothing but votes to keep their boss in office.
If you know of anyone who is Retired Military, please forward this on to them.
Remember- TFL is an “Earned Benefit” that’s been granted by a previous congress.
MY LETTER TO MY REPS:
As if the recent slap from DHS wasn’t enough that us vets have been identified as “right-wing extremists”, it is now being reported that the Congress and Senate is now once again taking aim on our Tri-Care medical coverage and that “Tri-Care” for life is going to be severely modified costing us vets a huge amount of money, if not eliminated completely. After all the plans that the Obama Administration has for additional taxes, I find it amazing AND disgraceful that the very people that have and are keeping this country secure are being treated so callously by our electorate. I urge you to not vote in favor of any legislation that further degrades the medical care of the people that had dedicated themselves in the service this country for so many years. Is your medical being degraded? I think not.