Fee Increase for TRICARE Prime Enrollees
TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) announced this week that annual enrollment fees for military retirees participating in TRICARE Prime will increase effective Oct. 1, 2012. Last year’s fee increases varied based on enrollment date, but the new annual fees will rise to $269.28 for all individual enrollees and to $538.56 for families, aligning the fee structure for all beneficiaries. Medically-retired uniformed service members and their dependents, as well as survivors of active duty deceased sponsors, are exempt from these increases.
The fee hikes are the result of 2011 legislation that restricted TRICARE increases to retirees’ 2012 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Despite these increases, the Department of Defense (DoD) calls for additional Prime fee hikes for military retirees and new enrollment fees for TRICARE Standard, Extra and TRICARE-for-Life beneficiaries in 2013, all pegged to future health care inflation. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees have rejected these proposals, however the full Senate has not yet finalized its 2013 Defense Authorization Bill.