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 Senate approved by unanimous consent.
The TRICARE Affirmation Act, introduced by Skelton and also approved unanimously in the House, would explicitly state that TRICARE and nonappropriated fund (NAF) health plans meet all of the health care requirements for individual health insurance under the newly enacted health care reform law. While beneficiaries of these programs will already meet the minimum requirements for individual health insurance and will not be required to purchase additional coverage, the TRICARE Affirmation Act would provide clarification by changing the tax code to state it in law.
“Our nation’s military provides us with first-class protection, and it is our obligation to provide them – and their families – with first-class health care in return. Now that the TRICARE Affirmation Act has been unanimously approved by the House and the Senate, I look forward to the President signing my bill into law.
“TRICARE and the NAF health plans 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.”