Gates said he will propose modest increases to the TRICARE fees for working-age retirees — not active-duty troops. Gates also said he wants to avoid increasing premiums for active-duty personnel and their families.
Politico reports the current TRICARE enrollment fee was set in 1995 at $460 per year for the basic family plan. It hasn’t been raised since. The Secretary says the fees for a comparable health insurance program for federal workers cost roughly $5,000. Health care costs for the Pentagon are expected to hit $65 billion by 2015.
Gates’ idea may have a tough time getting through Congress though. Both Democrats and Republicans have been reluctant to raise TRICARE premiums for any military personnel.
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