The Pentagon lost the first battle in its effort to replace the current TRICARE system with a single consolidated health plan.
The Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee this week presented its version of the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4435). In doing so, the subcommittee rejected DoD’s plans “that would have increased out-of-pocket costs for military families, including the elimination of most TRICARE plans … ”
This is only a first step in a lengthy, fluid process. The proposed defense authorization act is subject to numerous changes in Congress that will take place over the coming months.