Tricare Prime enrollment fees to increase|
Posted 7/11/2012 Updated 7/11/2012
366th Medical Group
7/11/2012 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Enrollment fees for military retirees will increase on Oct. 1 within the limits set by Congress last year.
TRICARE Prime enrollment fees will increase for some retired military personnel and their families by 3.6 percent and for most by 17 percent starting Oct. 1.
On July 2, TRICARE Management Activity announced its new annual fee structure for military retirees enrolled in Prime. For those who enrolled before Oct. 1, 2011, annual fees will increase for individuals from $230 to $269.28, and from $460 to $538.56 for families.
Those who enrolled after Oct. 2, 2011, and all new beneficiaries will pay $269.28 a year for individuals, up from $260, and $538.56 for families, up from $520.
The increases fall in line with legislation passed in 2011 restricting the amount the Pentagon can increase annual fees to the military cost-of-living adjustment. The TRICARE fee increases are equal to the cost-of-living adjustment in military retired pay made Dec. 1, 2011.
Survivors of active duty deceased sponsors or medically-retired uniformed service members and their dependents are exempt from enrollment fee increases.
They continue to pay the rate they paid when the survivor or medically-retired member enrolled