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MISSION CRITICAL Legislative news you need to know. Non-active


duty TRICARE users currently pay:


$0


for 90-day supplies of generic drugs via TRICARE’s home delivery


$20


for a 90-day supply of an approved brand- name drug via home delivery


$10


for a 30- day generic supply at an in-


network retail


pharmacy $24


for a 30-day supply of a brand- name drug at a retail pharmacy


$901 $585 $735 $798 $580 Current Fee Structure 2018 Grandfathered 2018 New Entrants


*Assumes typical family size with provider and care venues for a healthy family with relatively low health care utilization for an E-5 and above (annual deductible included and no pharmacy usage). **$300 family enrollment fee eff ective in 2021 not included.


SOURCE: DHA/FY2017 National Defense Authorization Bill


quality of life. Private insurance does not impede providing ser- vices in this way. MOAA and the TRICARE for Kids Coalition fought to have this prohibition removed by law — and succeed- ed. This will bring vital support for military families during stressful times. Military spouses can seek


reimbursement for licensure costs. According to MOAA’s 2014 survey with Syracuse Uni- versity’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, roughly half of military spouses indicate their career fi eld requires some sort of licensing or certifi cation. Military spouses typically must leave their jobs when they PCS, which takes a fi nancial toll on their families. The burden in- creases when they must bear the costs of applying for a new license and take new exams to fi nd employment in their new state. The conferees approved


16 | MILITARY OFFICER | January 2018


language that would permit the services to reimburse up to $500 of licensure costs incurred as a result of a PCS. Impact Aid has increased.


Conferees approved a substan- tial increase to DoD Impact Aid, restoring supplemental Impact Aid to 2014 levels and doubling Impact Aid funding for schools with military-dependent chil- dren with severe disabilities. A controversial provision in


this year’s bill extends funding for a benefi t set to expire in May 2018.Conferees agreed to permanently extend the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA) and index future increas- es to COLA. SSIA was created in 2008 to


provide partial relief for military survivors aff ected by the widows tax, a fi nancial penalty where the military Survivor Benefi t Plan (SBP) is off set dollar-for-dollar by the VA’s Dependency and In-


HOW WILL TRICARE CHANGES AFFECT YOU? Estimated annual health care costs for a typical family.* Active duty Standard/Select Retiree under 65:


$2,896


Prime Standard/Select $2,896


$960 $958** $1,095 $1,715


SSIA: A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION


TRICARE For Life $2,896


When the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA) was established in 2008, some survivors balked at the mere $50-a-month allowance. At the current $310 a month, SSIA covers roughly 25 percent of what it will take to fully repeal the Survivor Benefi t Plan/ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation off set, or the widows tax. MOAA has long advocated


for full repeal of the widows tax and was grateful when Congress established SSIA as an incremental step toward addressing the issue.


‘This is real movement on something folks on Capitol Hill once said was impossible. We’re not in favor of the funding method, but we understand the Senate-proposed pharmacy copayment increases were destined to be approved. Thankfully, those funds are going


straight to our survivors.’ MOAA Vice President of Government Relations Col. Dan Merry, U AF (Ret)


Col. Dan Merry, USAF (Ret)


MO A will continue to work with the Armed Services committees to get


ommit ees to ge the remaining


75 percent for full repeal.


5 per ent for full GRAPHIC: JOHN HARMAN/STAFF MOAA will continue


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