Washington, D.C.— Today, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) released the statement below on H.R. 4887, the TRICARE Affirmation Act, which the President signed into law. The TRICARE Affirmation Act, which was introduced by Skelton, was approved unanimously by the House and the Senate.    


“Our brave men and women in uniform provide us with first-class protection, and it is our obligation to provide them—and their families—with first-class health care in return.  By signing the TRICARE Affirmation Act, President Obama reinforces that military health care coverage will not be adversely affected by the health care reform law.


“The TRICARE and NAF health plans are such great plans that they already meet the minimum requirements for individual health insurance coverage in the recently enacted health care bill, and no TRICARE or NAF health plan beneficiary will be required to purchase additional coverage beyond what they already have. However, to reassure our military service members and their families and make it perfectly clear that they will not be negatively affected by the health care reform law, the TRICARE Affirmation Act explicitly states that TRICARE and the NAF health plans meet the minimum requirements for individual health insurance.”