Sweeping health care reform legislation was signed into law and there has been considerable speculation about how the measure will impact TRICARE beneficiaries. Although the law, as originally passed, does not specifically reference TRICARE programs, the legislation will not directly impact military and veterans' health care programs.
To affirm that TRICARE meets the requirement for individual health care coverage, the House unanimously passed "The TRICARE Affirmation Act" (H.R. 4887) sponsored by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Ike Skelton (Mo.). Senator Richard Burr (N.C.), ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, successfully amended the so-called "fix it bill" (H.R. 4872) to clarify that VA health programs and TRICARE are qualifying coverages under the new health care law. The "fix it bill" passed in both the House and Senate and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama.
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