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Military Update: Narrowed smoker discounts still seen as unhealthy

Standard-Examiner, Tom Philpott
Apr 8 2014 - 1:28pm

Military discounts on cigarettes sold at base exchanges narrowed by half over past two years but remain "substantial" and contradictory of health policies of the Department of Defense, according to a new analysis of cigarette pricing on base in this month's American Journal of Public Health.The survey results add momentum to a plan being eyed by...

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Military Update: Exchange-commissary merger eyed to stem store crisis

Standard-Examiner, Tom Philpott
Apr 2 2014 - 12:12pm

Crowds that shop daily in base commissaries and exchanges perhaps are oblivious to a confluence of forces threatening to dismantle their multi-billion dollar resale systems.Thomas C. Shull, chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) is not, which helps to explain his March 17 memo proposing a merger of commissaries...

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Military Update: Mandatory ‘mail order’ begins for TRICARE elderly

Standard-Examiner, Tom Philpott
Mar 25 2014 - 10:41am

About 500,000 military beneficiaries age 65 and older with chronic health conditions are being forced, starting this month, to have maintenance drug prescriptions filled by mail order rather than in local retail pharmacies.The TRICARE For Life (TFL) Home Delivery pilot is a yearlong program required by law. Defense Department health officials...

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Military Update: ‘Consolidated’ TRICARE: Higher user fees, more freedom

Standard-Examiner, Tom Philpott
Mar 17 2014 - 11:48am

TRICARE Prime, the military's managed care option for 5.5 million beneficiaries who enroll for a modest fee to be guaranteed timely access to primary care, would cease to exist within a few years under the "Consolidated TRICARE" plan proposed in the fiscal 2015 defense budget.Networks of care providers, built for Prime, would not go away and...

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Military Update: Commissaries to run as a business, not a benefit

Standard-Examiner, Tom Philpott
Mar 6 2014 - 11:57am

Behind the plan to slash taxpayer support of commissaries is a concept Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his senior advisors have embraced that base grocery stores should operate as a business and not a benefit.This shift is candidly revealed in budget documents released Tuesday and in a legislative packet for implementing the funding cuts drafted...

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DOD: Squeeze TRICARE, slash grocery savings, cap BAH

Standard-Examiner, Tom Philpott
Feb 27 2014 - 11:39am

One of the two biggest changes to military compensation proposed in the president's 2015 defense budget request would roll back, after 20 years, an offering of multiple health insurance options to millions of beneficiaries.The other would end deep discounts on groceries, a benefit that is decades old and long had been viewed as critical to a...

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Military Update: COLA cap repealed: ‘Mini-Redux awaits new entrants

Standard-Examiner, Tom Philpott
Feb 18 2014 - 4:41pm

Bowing to colossal pressure from military associations, younger retirees and angry careerists who served through long and nasty wars, Congress has repealed the retiree COLA cap it enacted only six weeks ago.Cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees under age 62 will not be set a full percentage point below annual inflation, starting in...

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Military Update: DHA chief vows some relief from surprise lab fees

Standard-Examiner, Tom Philpott
Feb 11 2014 - 11:38am

Army Maj. Gen. Richard W. Thomas, newly assigned as chief medical officer and director of health care operations for the new Defense Health Agency (DHA), acknowledges that some TRICARE patients and their civilian physicians face lab fee challenges that the DHA needs to address.A year ago TRICARE, the military's health insurance program, quietly...

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Military Update: Narrowed smoker discounts still seen as unhealthy

Standard-Examiner, Tom Philpott
Apr 8 2014 - 1:28pm

Military discounts on cigarettes sold at base exchanges narrowed by half over past two years but remain "substantial" and contradictory of health policies of the Department of Defense, according to a new analysis of cigarette pricing on base in this month's American Journal of Public Health.The survey results add momentum to a plan being eyed by...

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Military Update: Exchange-commissary merger eyed to stem store crisis

Standard-Examiner, Tom Philpott
Apr 2 2014 - 12:12pm

Crowds that shop daily in base commissaries and exchanges perhaps are oblivious to a confluence of forces threatening to dismantle their multi-billion dollar resale systems.Thomas C. Shull, chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) is not, which helps to explain his March 17 memo proposing a merger of commissaries...

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Military Update: Mandatory ‘mail order’ begins for TRICARE elderly

Standard-Examiner, Tom Philpott
Mar 25 2014 - 10:41am

About 500,000 military beneficiaries age 65 and older with chronic health conditions are being forced, starting this month, to have maintenance drug prescriptions filled by mail order rather than in local retail pharmacies.The TRICARE For Life (TFL) Home Delivery pilot is a yearlong program required by law. Defense Department health officials...

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Military Update: ‘Consolidated’ TRICARE: Higher user fees, more freedom

Standard-Examiner, Tom Philpott
Mar 17 2014 - 11:48am

TRICARE Prime, the military's managed care option for 5.5 million beneficiaries who enroll for a modest fee to be guaranteed timely access to primary care, would cease to exist within a few years under the "Consolidated TRICARE" plan proposed in the fiscal 2015 defense budget.Networks of care providers, built for Prime, would not go away and...

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