While funding for TRICARE for Life and Medicare are both protected from the federal budget sequester which begins in 2013, cuts in both programs may affect the availability of and complexity of your military healthcare.
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Six Ways Sequestration Affects Military Healthcare

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While funding for TRICARE for Life and Medicare are both protected from the federal budget sequester which begins in 2013, cuts in both programs may affect the availability of and complexity of your military healthcare.

Here are six ways that military budget cuts that may make military healthcare more challenging:

1. Medicare payments to doctors will be cut by 2 percent under sequestration.

2. Medicare-eligible TRICARE beneficiaries can continue to visit their civilian doctors and have their medical claims paid, but DoD may delay payment to civilian doctors who see TRICARE patients.

3. TRICARE for Life beneficiaries who receive care in military hospitals and clinics may find it more difficult to get an appointment because of civilian furloughs leaving hospitals short-staffed.

4. Referrals for "elective" care might be delayed or frozen.

5. TRICARE for Life beneficiaries hey may also find their military pharmacy no longer stocking some medications or filling prescriptions for a smaller number of days than usual.

6. Pharmacy civilian staff will also be furloughed and so wait times at the pharmacies may climb. TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery is an option you might want to consider.



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