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FY 2012 Defense Authorization Act Issues Senate (H.R. 1540)


Health Care Issues Issue


TRICARE Prime fee increase


Limit percentage increase in future years to the annual percentage increase in military retired pay


TRICARE providers


Exclude TRICARE provid- ers from being considered government subcontractors (which deters some provid- ers from TRICARE


Medicare-eligibles in Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)


Administrative separa- tions for non-disquali- fying medical conditions


Burn pits and exposure to occupational and chemical hazards


New USFHP enrollees after Sept. 30, 2011, must transition to Medicare and TRICARE For Life at age 65


Prohibit barring reenlist- ment based on medical conditions a physical evalu- ation board has deemed not disqualifying for duty


No similar provision House (H.R. 1540)


Similar provision, and expressly acknowledge career servicemembers pay the bulk of their pre- miums through decades of service and sacrifice


No similar provision Final (H.R. 1540) Senate provision adopted


Senate provision adopted, specifying that contracts covering regional network providers don’t make pro- viders subcontractors


Similar provision but applies to new enrollees after Sept. 30, 2012


No similar provision


House provision adopted. Earlier enrollees grandfa- thered in USFHP, regard- less of age


Senate provision adopted


Require assessment of health risks for those exposed to open-air burn pits in combat zone; establish registry of inci- dents of exposure during deployments


TRICARE for Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)


No similar provision


Allow IRR members called to active duty for at least one year since Sept. 11, 2001, to buy premium- based TRICARE coverage


Surveys of health care provider participation in TRICARE Standard


Extend requirement for DoD to survey participation by locality through FY 2015


34 MILITARY OFFICER FEBRUARY 2012 No similar provision


House provision adopted


Provision not adopted


Senate provision adopted


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