The military health system is NOT exempt from sequestration and the plan is for military healthcare to be cut by $3 billion under the budget sequester. How will this impact the quality and consistency of the military healthcare you have come to depend upon?
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Sequestration and TRICARE: Protecting Military Healthcare Benefits

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"I depend on my TRICARE; will the quality of my healthcare be damaged by the federal budget sequester?"

The military health system is NOT exempt from sequestration and the plan is for military healthcare to be cut by $3 billion under the budget sequester.

How will this impact the quality and consistency of the military healthcare you have come to depend upon?

DoD Civilian Furloughs Will Impact Military Healthcare Services

DoD officials stated that most of the 800,000 DOD civilians support military programs around the world. Eighty percent of DOD civilians work outside of the National Capital region.

Under sequestration these civilians may be furloughed for up to 14 days, (not the 22 days originally announced) beginning June 2013. Furlough days could result in a 20 percent pay cut for the weeks these furloughs apply.

While these are civilian jobs, nevertheless these furloughs will be felt by you in the military in many ways. All parts of the country and military communities overseas will be affected.

DoD civilians subject to furlough make up 40 percent of the total workforce in military hospitals and clinics. This could result in reductions in clinic hours and care for military servicemembers and their families.

DoD has identified limited exceptions to the furloughs, including civilians in war zones, foreign workers overseas, and political appointees and it could at any time expand those exceptions.

Civilian furloughs mean longer wait times for healthcare services and prescription drugs.

What About Health and Community Support Services?

Offices that service military families - Army Community Service, Fleet and Family Support Centers, Airman and Family Service Centers, Marine Corps Community Services - may have to limit or adjust hours and services due to the civilian furloughs.

They are also subject to hiring freezes.

Smaller staffs will result in longer waits for those military families needing vital services such as mental health counseling, financial advice, new parent support programs, survivor outreach, and victim advocates.



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