Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding TRICARE. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter.
I share your concerns about keeping TRICARE affordable. The health and welfare of those men and women who have bravely served our country both in times of peace and war deserve our full support. To that end, I have consistently worked to ensure that any TRICARE fee increases proposed by the Department of Defense do not put an undue burden on our soldiers, military families, and veterans.
On December 31, 2011, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 into law. This legislation included a provision which gave the Department of Defense the authority to increase TRICARE enrollment fees in order to help reduce the growing cost of healthcare within the Department of Defense budget. These healthcare costs have grown from $1.5 trillion in 2001 to an estimated $2.7 trillion in fiscal year 2013, an increase of 84 percent. The National Defense Authorization Act would tie TRICARE yearly enrollment fee increases to the annual cost-of-living increase provided to military retirees, which averages around 3.1 percent.
I am profoundly grateful for the service ofAmerica’s veterans and for the sacrifices they have made to defend and preserve our great nation. As such, I believe we have an important responsibility to ensure that our veterans are provided the benefits and assistance that they so greatly deserve. Please be assured that I will continue to work with my colleagues on behalf of the many veterans in the state of Washington.
Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. You may also be interested in signing up for periodic updates for WashingtonStateresidents. If you are interested in subscribing to this update, please visit my website at http://cantwell.senate.gov
. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance
United States Senator
For future correspondence with my office, please visit my website at
Notice how she dodges the questions and does not address my concerns. She just explains how its going to be…….