TRICARE: Enrollment of the Department of Defense's TRICARE Beneficiaries in Medicare Part B

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "TRICARE is the Department of Defense's (DOD) health care system for active duty and retired uniformed service members and their families. TRICARE consists of four separate programs. Three of these programs--TRICARE Prime, a managed care option; TRICARE Extra, a preferred provider option; and TRICARE Standard, a fee for service option--cover active duty personnel, their dependents, and retirees under age 65. Prior to 2001, TRICARE beneficiaries would lose their TRICARE coverage when they reached age 65, and Medicare--the federal health insurance program that provides medical benefits to over 42 ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. June 30, 2006.

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "TRICARE is the Department of Defense's (DOD) health care system for active duty and retired uniformed service members and their families. TRICARE consists of four separate programs. Three of these programs--TRICARE Prime, a managed care option; TRICARE Extra, a preferred provider option; and TRICARE Standard, a fee for service option--cover active duty personnel, their dependents, and retirees under age 65. Prior to 2001, TRICARE beneficiaries would lose their TRICARE coverage when they reached age 65, and Medicare--the federal health insurance program that provides medical benefits to over 42 million elderly and disabled Americans--would become their primary health insurer. However, in 2001, the Congress expanded TRICARE by establishing a fourth program, known as TRICARE for Life (TFL). TFL provides supplementary health care coverage for TRICARE beneficiaries who are entitled to Medicare Part A, and enrolled in Part B. It pays for many services that Medicare only partially covers. While TRICARE beneficiaries do not have to pay for their TFL coverage, they are required to pay premiums for Medicare Part B. Section 625 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) provided enrollment incentives to TRICARE beneficiaries who were entitled to Medicare Part A, but were not enrolled in Medicare Part B during their initial eligibility period. Four federal organizations had a role in implementing Section 625 of MMA. DOD's TRICARE Management Activity (TMA), which oversees the TFL program, and DOD's Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), which maintains the military's personnel database in its Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), both had key roles in implementing the new law. In addition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)--the Department of Health and Human Services agency that oversees the Medicare program--and SSA, which enrolls Medicare beneficiaries and assists with the collection of Medicare premiums on CMS's behalf, had significant responsibilities. Interested in determining the extent to which TRICARE beneficiaries benefited from the provisions of Section 625 of MMA, Congress asked GAO to report on the implementation of this law. This report describes (1) the steps that TMA, DMDC, CMS, and SSA took in response to Section 625 of MMA, including their efforts to correct problems encountered during the law's implementation, and (2) the extent to which TRICARE beneficiaries were served."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. TRICARE: Enrollment of the Department of Defense's TRICARE Beneficiaries in Medicare Part B, text, June 30, 2006; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc301514/: accessed August 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.