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Medical News & Perspectives
August 8, 2001

Defense Retirees Receive Better Coverage

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JAMA. 2001;286(6):662. doi:10.1001/jama.286.6.662-JMN0808-3-1

Washington—In an effort to take better care of older retirees, the Department of Defense (DoD) is expanding its Tricare health plan to include former workers older than 65 years—some 1.5 million people. The plan also includes a prescription drug benefit and additional benefits for families of active-duty military personnel.

Previously, retirees lost their DoD coverage after qualifying for Medicare, a significant decline in benefits that often prompted the purchase of secondary insurance or led to a lapse in care. So, starting October 1, Tricare will remedy the situation by paying for most medical costs not covered by Medicare.

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