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Retired&Lovingit
10-20-2012, 12:50 AM
How long before Tricare South does the same thing? Coburn and McCain wanted this to happen last year, everyone said it wouldn't. Well, here we go.

Rizzo77
10-20-2012, 01:05 AM
Yepper. My 24 years of service apparently means nothing. But, I'll be okay with obamacare. :mad:

Vrake
10-20-2012, 01:08 AM
I know people on Medicare who treat the emergency room like a primary care doctor. It's just sad where we seem to be going.

job1037
10-20-2012, 03:14 AM
many years ago the SecNav was on board for a Q&A, I was the CMAA and the XO ask if I had any questions for the boss. I said sure, I'd like to know why we work these long hours for this lousy pay? the XO woudn't pass the question to the SecNav, and later told me I should have not asked such a loaded question and that as a chief I should know the answer, "For the benifits! is why." So I got to ask where are they?

Rizzo77
10-20-2012, 03:35 AM
Indeed. I posited this question one time before on the "civilian vs. military" pay thread, but:

They DO NOT calculate the week ends, holidays, or night times spent on duty. Nor do they calculate the deployed time, or time at sea.

I HATE those stupid, irrelevant comparisons.

Blue Warrior
10-20-2012, 12:02 PM
Why would anyone want to use Tricare Prime? At my location you have to wait up to two months to see a doctor, just so you can get referred to the specialist that you needed all along. With a $3,000 max annual cap, Tricare Standard is definitely the way to go!

Retired&Lovingit
10-20-2012, 01:50 PM
Why would anyone want to use Tricare Prime? At my location you have to wait up to two months to see a doctor, just so you can get referred to the specialist that you needed all along. With a $3,000 max annual cap, Tricare Standard is definitely the way to go!I am probably 100 miles from a military base. Tricare Prime is great insurance for my civilian Dr. Right in, often the next day, great service, all at a low low fee.

Blue Warrior
10-20-2012, 03:12 PM
I am probably 100 miles from a military base. Tricare Prime is great insurance for my civilian Dr. Right in, often the next day, great service, all at a low low fee.

Would you consider this great, low fee service you receive the exception or the rule for those who use Tricare Prime?

tiredofpc
10-21-2012, 12:08 AM
Tricare Prime is a wonderful secondary insurance for me in a large city in the Southwest. My civilian/government retirement insurance had me spending more than $4K out of pocket for three eye surgeries late '07 to mid '08. When I became eligible for Tricare, my copay for further operative procedures, went from $250/event to $25/event. Also, when Tricare Prime is the secondary insurance, providers who only take Tricare standard, Prime becomes Standard if it's the secondary insurance.
I have a friend who lives in the Northeast who has only Tricare as insurance and has much more difficulty with accessing a provider and copays. I think it's a crap shoot, you have to be an insurance industry guru to understand it, and am not looking forward to more changes.

Retired&Lovingit
10-21-2012, 01:53 AM
Would you consider this great, low fee service you receive the exception or the rule for those who use Tricare Prime?
I can't provide that answer but I bet you want to.

Blue Warrior
10-21-2012, 10:35 AM
I can't provide that answer but I bet you want to.

Actually, I'm curious about the answer for when I retire. I'm just learning about TP vs TS differences and it seems TS provides more flexibility. As active duty on TP, I can't stand having to wait several weeks to see my on-base PCM, only to ask him for a referral to go see a physical therapist or other specialist. It's ridiculous here!

imported_MSGDay
10-21-2012, 08:15 PM
I've read any number of milblogs talking about current administration attempts to weaken and even do away with TriCare. Just received my premium notice for my wife's coverage for next year and it's up $30+. How much will it go up if Obamacare kicks in?

Another reason to see our president only has one term!!! :cool:

Retired&Lovingit
10-21-2012, 08:24 PM
I've read any number of milblogs talking about current administration attempts to weaken and even do away with TriCare. Just received my premium notice for my wife's coverage for next year and it's up $30+. How much will it go up if Obamacare kicks in?

Another reason to see our president only has one term!!! :cool:That's the problem with milblogs, they are usually not factual. Do yourself a favor, stop reading such garbage and find the truth. It was two REPUBLICAN folks who brought up this idea. Why on earth do you link Obamacare with the cost of Tricare? Do you have anything to back up your concerns, other than yet another milblog?

BURAWSKI
10-21-2012, 10:11 PM
That's the problem with milblogs, they are usually not factual. Do yourself a favor, stop reading such garbage and find the truth. It was two REPUBLICAN folks who brought up this idea. Why on earth do you link Obamacare with the cost of Tricare? Do you have anything to back up your concerns, other than yet another milblog?

For some reason the military seems to favor the Republican Party. I remember when George W. Bush was elected in 2000 and it seemed that everyone was happy to see him elected thinking he would support the military. They seemed to forget that his father sold the military out by orchestrating the military drawdown of the 1990's. President Clinton wasn't elected yet but everyone seems to blame him for it. It doesn't matter who is elected President this time around because in 2013 our taxes are going to go up significantly. I have a feeling that TRICARE premiums are going to start going up as well.

Retired&Lovingit
10-22-2012, 12:18 AM
I agree, the military does seem to go Republican, for the life of me I don't know why. W used our military to settle a personal score. How many killed, wounded, how much money spent? Yet, the military continues to support that party. Truth is, Obama has been much smarter than W ever was. He killed them with disposable drones. Yet the military continues to support the opponent. Romney doesn't care about military PERSONNEL, he cares about military contracts, business.

Navy Mustang
07-16-2013, 05:01 PM
I'm one of the "lucky" retirees who is getting reduced to Tricare Standard this October (thanks McCain). Fortunately I have good insurance with my civilian job so I don't get stuck with all those pricey copays.