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A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to limit increases in the certain costs of health care services under the health care programs of the Department... Read More

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This bill was introduced on May 17, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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A BILL

To amend title 10, United States Code, to limit increases in the certain costs of health care services under the health care programs of the Department of Defense, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Military Health Care Protection Act of 2012''.

SEC. 2. SENSE OF CONGRESS.

(a) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that-- (1) career members of the uniformed services and their families endure unique and extraordinary demands and make extraordinary sacrifices over the course of a 20-year to 30- year career in protecting freedom for all Americans; and (2) those decades of sacrifice constitute a significant pre-paid premium for health care during a career member's retirement that is over and above what the member pays with money.

SEC. 3. LIMITATIONS ON CERTAIN INCREASES IN HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR UNIFORMED SERVICES BENEFICIARIES.

(a) Pharmacy Benefits Program.--Section 1074g(a)(6) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph: ``(C) The amount of any cost sharing requirements under this paragraph may not be increased in any year by a percentage that exceeds the percentage by which retired pay is increased under section 1401a(b)(2) of this title. Increases shall be made only in whole dollar amounts. To the extent that the percentage increase under such section 1401a(b)(2) in any year would yield an increase of...

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Dear Senator Lautenberg, On behalf of the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN), we applaud and support your introduction, along with Senator Marco Rubio’s (FL), of S. 3203 the Military Health Care Protection Act of 2012. This legislation aims to protect armed service retirees from proposed increases to their TRICARE coverage. We are happy to join other Veteran Service Organizations (VSO’s) such like AMVETS, The American Legion, the VFW and the Military Officer’s Association of America (MOAA) who have already voiced their support for this important piece of legislation. As it stands, the Pentagon has proposed dramatically high increases to TRICARE Standard deductibles, TRICARE Prime enrollment fees, and TRICARE pharmacy copays, while seeking new enrollment fees for TRICARE Standard and TRICARE For Life (TFL). In addition to these extreme elevations in TRICARE fees, which would triple or even quadruple what our nation’s retired veterans are paying now, the Pentagon has also proposed a new “means-testing” proposal that no other federal retiree is asked to undergo, and which would serve to penalize longer and more successful service by reductions in military health benefits. This legislation recognizes the sacrifices made over a 20 or 30 year military carrier, and identifies that military retirees have paid the costliest of pre-paid premiums, through a life dedicated to selfless service. http://www.ausn.org/Portals/0/pdfs/advocacy/Letter-Lautenberg-S3203-05182012.pdf

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