Bill proposes changes to manage military health care needs

12/24/2012 | Army Times Prime (subscription required)

A compromise version of the 2013 defense authorization bill has several provisions aimed at meeting military health care needs and managing costs. Tricare participants would not have to pay increased enrollment fees, for example, but would see slight increases to pharmacy copayments, and future copay increases would be tied to cost-of-living adjustments given to military retirees. The bill would also increase access to mental health services for veterans and require the Defense Department to offer suicide prevention training via a program for reservists and National Guard members.

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