White House Rejects Plan To Revamp TRICARE Health System
In related news, Bloomberg offers a bleak status check on efforts to fix the Veterans Affairs' health care system.
The Associated Press:
TRICARE Revamp Rejected, Other Benefit Changes Backed
The White House has rejected a proposal to largely replace the military's TRICARE health care system, but has agreed to further study a proposal that would let service members participate in retirement savings plans like a 401(k). (4/30)
A $15 Billion Cure Can't Fix Veteran Health Care
Leaders of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs asked Congress for more than $15 billion to end long wait times for medical care for tens of thousands of vets. They got the money, but little has changed. The agency has been slow to spend the funds, and instead of speedier care for the former soldiers the holdups have persisted. The centerpiece of the legislation Congress passed last year — a $10 billion program to allow veterans to seek care outside the VA system — has been so underused that the agency wants to divert some of the money to other purposes. (Miller, 5/1)