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Senator Dean Heller
2013-01-17 12:13:58
Heller Statement on Official Notice of Changes to TRICARE Prime (Washington, D.C.) – The Department of Defense has confirmed media reports regarding changes to the availability of TRICARE Prime that could affect veterans living in Northern Nevada. The changes were reported following passage of legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) that requires a full report on the termination of TRICARE Prime health coverage in certain areas. “I look forward to a full report from the Department of Defense detailing changes to TRICARE Prime and their plan to make sure no veteran suffers from these changes in benefits. I’m concerned that veterans in Northern Nevada will be forced to undertake longer drives to receive care and that access to medical providers will be limited. I hope this is not the case, and am hopeful that the Department of Defense will provide answers in a timely manner. Thank you to Representatives Amodei and Walden for their advocacy on this issue,” said Senator Dean Heller. News reports already indicated that the Department of Defense planned to cut TRICARE Prime in some areas, including possibly in Northern Nevada. Heller’s amendment, which was included in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act and signed into law by President Obama on January 3, 2013, requires additional detail on any changes to TRICARE Prime health coverage. Specifically, the legislation requires the Department of Defense to: Identify areas where TRICARE Prime will no longer be available. Describe transition and outreach plans for beneficiaries who no longer have access to the TRICARE Prime benefits. Include the estimated increase in out of pocket expenses to affected beneficiaries. Include the estimated savings to the Department as a result of such changes. Describe how the Department will continue to assess the impact on access to care for beneficiaries who can no longer access the PRIME benefit. Provide a report on the effects of potential cuts to TRICARE Prime for these families. Representatives Greg Walden (OR-2) and Mark Amodei (NV-2) introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives. Follow Senator Heller on Facebook On Twitter @SenDeanHeller And on YouTube *If you are no longer interested in receiving updates, please do not respond to this email, as it is an unattended e-mail address. Please click the link below if you would like to be removed from future e-mails.
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Heller Statement on Official Notice of Changes to TRICARE Prime

(Washington, D.C.) – The Department of Defense has confirmed media reports regarding changes to the availability of TRICARE Prime that could affect veterans living in Northern Nevada. The changes were reported following passage of legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) that requires a full report on the termination of TRICARE Prime health coverage in certain areas.

“I look forward to a full report from the Department of Defense detailing changes to TRICARE Prime and their plan to make sure no veteran suffers from these changes in benefits. I’m concerned that veterans in Northern Nevada will be forced to undertake longer drives to receive care and that access to medical providers will be limited. I hope this is not the case, and am hopeful that the Department of Defense will provide answers in a timely manner. Thank you to Representatives Amodei and Walden for their advocacy on this issue,” said Senator Dean Heller.

News reports already indicated that the Department of Defense planned to cut TRICARE Prime in some areas, including possibly in Northern Nevada. Heller’s amendment, which was included in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act and signed into law by President Obama on January 3, 2013, requires additional detail on any changes to TRICARE Prime health coverage. Specifically, the legislation requires the Department of Defense to: 

  • Identify areas where TRICARE Prime will no longer be available.
  • Describe transition and outreach plans for beneficiaries who no longer have access to the TRICARE Prime benefits.
  • Include the estimated increase in out of pocket expenses to affected beneficiaries.
  • Include the estimated savings to the Department as a result of such changes.
  • Describe how the Department will continue to assess the impact on access to care for beneficiaries who can no longer access the PRIME benefit.
  • Provide a report on the effects of potential cuts to TRICARE Prime for these families.

Representatives Greg Walden (OR-2) and Mark Amodei (NV-2) introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives. 

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