November 2006

ARMED FORCES NEWS
TRICARE REIMBURSEMENT RATE SLASH LOOMS

November 3, 2006

Unless Congress does something about it when the lawmakers return to Washington later this month, Medicare payments to physicians will be chopped by 5.1 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2007. This would be a severe blow to Tricare and Tricare for Life beneficiaries because Tricare reimbursement rates are tied directly to Medicare rates. If the rate cut occurs, many doctors have said they will no longer be able to accept new Medicare -- thus Tricare -- patients, and some have declared that they will stop seeing existing patients. Veterans' organizations are asking their members to contact their elected officials to urge them to reverse these cuts before they start in January. 

ARMED FORCES NEWS
VFW CITES WOMEN VETS' BREAST CANCER RISKS

November 3, 2006

The Veterans of Foreign Wars has called for government agencies to evaluate the risks of developing breast cancer that military women face due to environmental factors unique to military service. VFW's Resolution 651 of Aug. 2006 urges the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies to develop a comprehensive study to determine if breast cancer is increasing at a faster rate for current or retired military women than the population at large. "With one out of every nine women being diagnosed with breast cancer, and 40,000 women unfortunately dying every year, the VFW worries that military personnel may be subjected to higher risks because of their exposure to possibly 'toxic' environments the military must operate in as part of being a proficient fighting force," said VFW official John McNeill.
 

ARMED FORCES NEWS
TRICARE LAUNCHES REVAMPED WEB SITE
November 10, 2006


The Tricare Web site has a new name, a new look and a new home. It is now part of Tricare.mil, the official Web site for all Tricare information. Tricare beneficiaries now can go to one site to look up benefit information, schedule an appointment or track claims, said Army Maj. Gen. Elder Granger, deputy director, Tricare Management Activity. Tricare.mil contains five main content areas: My Health (Tricare Online) -- personal health information and online appointment scheduling for Tricare Prime enrollees; My Benefit -- Tricare benefit information; MHS Staff -- resources for Military Health System staff members; Tricare Providers -- information for Tricare network providers; and Pressroom -- the latest news about Tricare and the military health system. In the next phase of Web site improvements, expected in winter of 2007, beneficiaries will be able to enter their profile and receive benefit information tailored to them. 
 

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