The defense bill submitted by the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has suggested several changes to how prescription drug benefits are charged and provided to veterans.
Of major concern to veterans is the increase in drug co-payments required for brand-name prescriptions that are filled at retail pharmacies in Tricare’s network or through the mail order program. Another change being made to reduce drug costs will require Tricare for Life (TFL) beneficiaries to use the mail order system for long-term prescriptions. This requirement will last for a year before a veteran can opt out and return to using retail pharmacy services.
The co-payments will cap at the percentage increase of the COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) for military benefits. This plan would ignore the Obama administration’s previous plan to tie Tricare fees to medical inflation. The HASC also avoided supporting many of the Tricare fees the administration proposed.
The full defense spending bill will go before the House later this year. When changes are made to military benefit programs either through the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs all veterans in these programs are entitled to be notified of how the changes will impact their benefits and services.
Even after approval for veterans’ disability benefits you may run into problems with your benefits being reduced or revoked. A veterans’ disability attorney can help you review any changes to your individual benefits that you feel are incorrect or unfair.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-888-234-5758.