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TRICARE Prime Enrollment Fees for Retirees Under Age 65

Issue Number 511
Status Unattainable
Issue Title TRICARE Prime Enrollment Fees for Retirees Under Age 65
Scope The annual TRICARE Prime enrollment fee for retirees under age 65 is $230 per service member and $460 per family annually, regardless of pay grade at retirement. This results in some retirees paying a disproportionate percent of their retirement pay for TRICARE Prime. For example, at 20 years of service an E-7 makes approximately $16,548 annually, a CW-2 $19,680 and an O-5 $34,740, yet each pays the same enrollment fee.
Issue Recommendation Implement a fee schedule for TRICARE Prime enrollment that is based on pay grade at retirement.
Military Component Active and Reserve Components
Demographic Group Retirees
Subject Area Medical
Geographic Area Universal
Entered AFAP Mar 2002
Final Action Date Nov 2002
Accomplishments The Nov 02 GOSC agreed that this issue is unattainable. DOD does not support basing health benefits on rank at retirement. Since 1966, Congress has consistently treated all military retirees the same for health benefits (including enrollment fees, deductibles and cost shares).
Outstanding Requirement
Submitting Command US Army Forces Command
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