Armed Forces News

May 11, 2012

House Defense Bill Calls for Health-Care Savings
The House version of the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill includes provisions that would establish a
five-year pilot program that would require retirees who are covered by TRICARE for Life to get their
prescriptions filled and refilled through the agency’s mail order pharmacy. Retirees could opt out of
the mail order program after one year. The bill also calls for TRICARE pharmacy cost-sharing rates.
Generic medications obtained from retail pharmacies would cost $5, formulary medications would cost
$17, and non-formulary medications would cost $44. Mail order costs would be lower. Generic
medications would be free, formulary medications would cost $13, and non-formulary medications would
cost $43 through mail order. Annual increases in TRICARE pharmacy cost-sharing rates would be limited
to an amount equal to the percentage that retiree pay increases, as of Oct. 1, 2013. The House Armed
Services Committee completed markup of the legislation May 7.

 

 

 

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