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1 Retiree Presentation North Texas Chapter 10 March 2011

2 SGM Leroy Bussells, USA (Ret.) Asst. Director Retiree & Veteran Affairs AUSA 10 March 2011

3 Retiree Population -- Growing YearActive SoldiersRetired Soldiers ,0006, ,00042, ,000102, ,323,000282, ,000425, ,000489, ,675828,288* 1993 * 211,476 annuitant surviving spouses Each year approximately 28,000 Soldiers retire Each year approximately 28,000 Soldiers retire “You are MORE THAN A MILLION STRONG!!!” “You are MORE THAN A MILLION STRONG!!!”

4 Declining Military Experience in Congress 106th 107th 108th 109th 110th 111th Senate 48% 38% 35% 31% 29% 25% House 32% 30% 27% 25% 23% 22% 112 th Congress: Senate – 25% House – 19%

5 The Environment Unemployment at 9+/- % SECDEF wants $100 Billion Saving in 5 Years VA and DoD Healthcare Costs have increased dramatically Stress on the Force and Families Health Care Cost Shifting “Entitlement Reform” – Commission of Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

6 What’s Hot on Hill Budgets for 2011 – 2012 – “Cuts” Costs of Long Wars. DoD Budget: “Peace Dividend?” Wounded Warrior / Survivor Issues “Entitlement Reform” Threats – Commission of Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Healthcare Reform & Medicare/ TRICARE Payment Formula Soldiers and Families Have Real Benefit Concerns

7 Recent Legislative Gains TRICARE For Life/ TRICARE Pharmacy Elimination of the SBP – Social Security Offset Combat Related Special Compensation – Concurrent Receipt (50% or greater disable) Six Year Phase in of CRDP for IU’s Medical Retirees eligible for CRSC (’08) Commissary Benefit now in Law Defeated Major TRICARE Fee Increases Repeal Medicare/TRICARE Payment Reduction for Doctors Retirement Credit for G/R after Jan ’08 Gray-Area Health Care Wounded Warrior Caregiver Compensation TRICARE Coverage for Dependents up to Age 26

8 2011 Top Goals Oppose Health Care Cost-Shifting from the government to military beneficiaries - NO disproportional TRICARE Fee increases Repeal in its entirety the SBP – DIC offset for survivors Expand the concurrent receipt entitlement legislation to include all veterans that medically retired (disabled) Ensure no cuts to Medicare/TRICARE Payments Enact legislation to allow military retirees to use pre-tax earnings to pay health insurance premiums. Modernize the Reserve Component retirement system to reduce the age at which retired RC Soldiers begin to receive their pay and benefits from 60 to 55 Protect the full value of retiree and annuitant income (COLA) and non-monetary benefits that are an integral part of military retirement (commissary, PX and etc) Amend Title 10 to forgive overpayment of retired pay after death of retiree

9 2011 NDAA Authorizes $30.9 billion for the Defense Health Program. Authorizes TRICARE coverage for eligible dependents up to age 26 Requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a plan to enhance the quality, efficiencies, and savings within the military health care system. Extends for 1 year the limitation on charges for inpatient care in civilian hospitals under TRICARE Standard. Requires the Secretary of Defense to develop and implement education and training programs on the use of pharmaceuticals for patients in, or in transition to, a wounded warrior unit, medical caregivers, medical and non-medical case managers, military leaders, and family members Authorizes $71.2 million to be appropriated for the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Sets the stage for the creation of a unified medical command to increase efficiency in providing health care to our service members.

10 Concurrent Receipt “Disabled Retiree Tax” Thousands of disabled retirees lose $1 retired pay for ea $1 from VA. Congress has fixed some but more needs to be done Cmbt Non-Cmbt Related Related 20+ Yrs/100% Disabil Yes Yes 20+Yrs/50+% Disabil Yes In Process 20+ Yrs/0-49% Disabil Yes No Under 20 Yrs Yes No

11 SBP Progress Passed Law Four Years Ago Phasing Out Age-62 SBP “Widows Tax” (1 Apr 08) But SBP Inequity Remains: VA Indemnity Payment (DIC) Offsets Paid Insurance on Retired Pay (SBP) FY ’08 NDAA: $50 mo. added to SBP, Increases annually to $310 over 10 yrs. Ends 1Oct 2017

12 SBP-DIC Offset SBP: Paid by DoD 55% of Covered Retired Pay for Survivors of Retired Members 41% of High-3 Base Pay For Survivors of Active Duty Deaths DIC: Paid by VA if Death is Service- Connected Flat Rate for All ($1,154/Mo)

13 SBP-DIC Offset (cont) (Active Duty Deaths) DIC Now Deducted from SBP Dollar For Dollar ($1,154/Mo) Wipes Out Most SBP for E-6 and Below Active Duty Deaths Can Assign SBP to Children Only AD Deaths since 7 Oct 2001 Lose All SBP When Child is 18

14 SBP-DIC Offset (Retiree Deaths) SBP & DIC Paid for Different Reasons SBP is Purchased Insurance DIC Should Be Added Indemnity for Service-Caused Death Survivors of Fed Civ Vets Don’t Forfeit SBP When DIC Payable

15 Military Healthcare

16 Healthcare Legislative Wins for 2010/11 No TRICARE Copays/Fee Hikes Medicare/TRICARE Provider Pymnts Preventive Services Copays/Deductibles Improve Access to Health Providers TRICARE Retired Reserve – “Gray Area” Health Coverage – Rates effect 1 Jan – Member $408, Family $1020 -Monthly

17 Special Compensation for Wounded Warrior Caregivers – Lots of Concern/Interest Slow Implementing – Not as Broad As Some Thought Reserve Component Transition Assistance Prohibition of MIL-CIV conversions Expansion of TRICARE Dental to Survivors TRICARE coverage for eligible dependents up to age 26 – Estimated Costs Are About $2400 a Year Healthcare Legislative Wins for 2010/11

18 Healthcare Legislative Goals for 2011 Ensure proper DoD/VA Care for Wounded Warriors and Families Improve TRICARE Access and Provider Participation – More Providers i.e. Docs and Other Health Care Workers Fix Medicare/TRICARE Pay Formula – 1 Jan Medicare Rates Fixed - Were Due to Be Cut 25% - good until the end of 2011 Protect Against Benefit Cuts/Avoid Disproportional Cost-Shifting

19 TRICARE FACTS 9.7 Million Beneficiaries WEEKLY: 21,800 inpatient admissions 1.6 million outpatient appointments 2,300 births 2.5 million prescriptions Annual Costs Per Beneficiary: TRICARE Prime = $4,202 TRICARE Standard = $3,584 TRICARE For Life $3,874* *Does not include Medicare costs

20 Proposed TRICARE Fees Sec Gates has been very vocal about TRICARE Fees: “Healthcare eating Defense Department Alive” Proposed Fees: Increase TRICARE Prime fees by 13% - $230 single/460 family per year to $260/$520 Index future increases to Medical Inflation Pharmacy Fees: Eliminate co-pays for generic drugs through mail order Increase co-pays $2-$3 Rx for drugs from retail pharmacies USFHP enrollees transition to TRICARE For Life/Medicare upon age 65 in the future.

21 Monetary Impact of TRICARE Fee Adjustment Year Tied to Retired Pay COLA DoD Proposal (Tied to HC Inflation Difference (loss of purchasing power) 2011$ $ $ $ $ $552.24$ $ $586.48$ $ $622.84$ $ $661.46$ $ $702.47$ $ $746.02$ $ $792.27$ $ $841.39$ $763.64$1,136.64$ $885.27$1,535.48$ $1,026.26$2,074.28$1, $1,189.72$2,802.14$1, $1,379.21$3,785.41$2,406.20

22 TRICARE Fees DoD Past Arguments for Fee Increases: Need to Restore 1995 Share of DoD Cost Need to Reflect Civilian Practices Cost of Legislated Benefit Increases Need to Free Funds for Weapons

23 Previous Proposed Increases Were Disproportional Far Exceed Retired Pay Increases Would Erode Retired Pay/SBP Value Congress Rejected Far Smaller Fees for Non-disabled Vets’ VA Care Congress Knew TFL Wasn’t Cheap OMB/DoD Ignoring TFL Funding Law

24 Beneficiary Fees vs. DoD Costs Fees Should NOT Reflect % of DoD Costs Bureaucracy Doesn’t Incentivize Efficiency Ops/Readiness/Inefficiency Costs Are “Cost of Nat’l Defense”, Not Patient Responsibility

25 Positive Ways to Cut DoD Health Costs Incentivize Preventive Care Eliminate Copays/Deductibles for Cost-Saving Treatments/Meds Continue efforts / pilots to re-direct and educate beneficiaries to proper care venues Promote Mail-Order Rx in Positive Way – Now termed “Home Delivery”

26 Positive Ways to Cut DoD Health Costs Promote Retention of Employer Ins. Make TRICARE True 2 nd -Payer Provide Optional Subsidy for RC Maximize Use of Military Medical Facilities Medical Home Model Overhaul PreAuth and Referral Sys

27 TRICARE Fee Conclusion Have not Dodged Bullet Allows Shift to What Service Members Have Earned Allows Reasonable Dialogue and Trade-Offs AUSA’s Position: AUSA does not want any TRICARE fee increases; however, if they are approved, the association is urging members of Congress to insure that any annual increase not be tied to medical inflation. We strongly believe that, in recognition of military beneficiaries’ lengthy service and sacrifice, the percentage increase in any year should not exceed the retired pay COLA percentage.

28 Eligible if enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B ($96.40/mo. cost) – ($ for new enrollees) - Retirees, their family members & survivors - Certain former spouses - Medal of Honor recipients, their families & survivors Is 2 nd payer to Medicare in CONUS Is 1 st payer overseas Is LAST payer when there is other health insurance TRICARE For Life (For Over-65 Beneficiaries)

29 TRICARE For Life—How it Works You visit your Medicare provider Your provider files a claim with Medicare Medicare pays its portion and sends the remaining amount to TRICARE TRICARE pays remaining amount to your provider You get an explanation of benefits from Medicare and TRICARE Contact Wisconsin Physicians Service-TFL 

30 Medicare Card No TRICARE For Life card Just show this Medicare card along with your uniformed services ID card Call MEDICARE or visit if you need a new card. Shows your eligibility for Parts A & B and the effective dates of coverage.

31 Medicare Part B Premiums  Premiums Based on the Cost of the Overall Program  Government Pays 75% of the Cost  Individual, Through Part B Premiums, Pays Approximately 25%.  A Sliding Income Scale Will Determine the Percentage of the Total Premium That You Will Pay  Under $85,000 you pay approximately 25% ($110.50)  Over $85,001 to $107,000 you pay 35% ($154.70).  Over $107,001 to $160,000 you pay 50% ($221.00).  Over $160,001 to $213,000 you pay 65% ($287.30).  Over $213,000 you pay 80%. ($353.60)

32 Update DEERS !! Visit an ID card-issuing facility Find nearest at Call Mail proof of Medicare eligibility to: DMDC Support Office ATTN: COA 400 Gigling Road Seaside, CA Permanent family member ID card at age 75 – We are pushing to lower this to age 65 SSN Being Eliminated from ID Card

33 TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy (TMOP) – “Home Delivery” 4 Options Under TMOP: Use military treatment facility Use TMOP Use TRICARE retail network pharmacy Use Non network retail pharmacy Costs: range from $3 - $9 for day supply – Changes Proposed Registration: required (form available online) More Info:

34 Who Is Eligible: Retirees (any age!) Gray area reserve retirees not yet 60 Medal of Honor recipients Spouses, unremarried surviving spouses, and eligible children of both groups Where Available: U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands – other overseas areas have been added Cost: Dependent on location; monthly rates $25-$120 Costs borne by participant; no govt subsidy Administered by DDP*Delta) TRICARE Retiree Dental Plan Enhanced (TRDP )

35 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)  Retired pay receives annual COLAs Based on CPI, 3rd Qtr to 3rd Qtr of CY Payment date – 1 st workday of January Partial COLA - first year of retirement ****COLA For ’10/’11 was 0.0% **** Negative number is carried over to the next year We are now in positive territory (.04) So anticipate a small COLA for 2012 “NOT A PAY RAISE”

36 Years Required for Annuity to Exceed Premiums for Spouse SBP Years Years for Annuity to Premiums Paid Exceed Premiums Paid 5 Years8 Months 10 Years 1 Year, 1 Months 15 Years 1 Year, 6 Months 20 Years 1 Year, 10 Months 25 Years 2 Years, 2 Months *30 Years 2 Years, 5 Months *No further cost after 360 (30 years) premium payments and age 70 *Based on DOD Office of the Actuary statistical analysis

37 Bits and Pieces TRICARE Standard, TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Reserve Select, TRICARE Retired Reserve and TRICARE for Life are all qualifying coverage under National Health Care Reform Medicare Rates have Direct Effect on TRICARE VA authorizes Benefits For Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Parkinson’s disease, Ischemic heart disease and B Cell Leukemia (Hairy Cell Leukemia) U.S. Treasury Changes Savings Bond Program – No longer issuing Paper Bonds thru Payroll deduction VA Plan to help Caregivers of Wounded Leadership change at Arlington National Cemetery – Lots of Folks watching Improvements to New GI Bill Ensure Pay Records are up to date – may affect benefits -- “MyPay” Law changed to allow Veterans and Retirees to Salute the Flag

38 How You Can Help! 1.Send a letter or to your congressional representatives. 2.Call their local offices and let them know how you feel about the issue and that you are watching how they vote. 3. Support the military organizations – AUSA and others that are championing these issues through membership in one or more of them.

39 Approved Retiree Pin WEAR IT - BE PROUD

40 Questions ?

41 SGM Leroy Bussells, USA (Ret.) Asst Director, Retiree & Veteran Affairs AUSA 10 March 2011

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43 2010 Top Goals Minimize Health Cost-Shifting More Concurrent Receipt Progress SBP-DIC Offset Match End Strengths to Missions Guard/Reserve Retirement Upgrade Medicare/TRICARE Access/Funding Family Support Programs/Funding Seamless DoD/VA Transition

44 Secretary Gates 29 September 2010 Personnel Costs Doubled in last Decade Health Care from 19 Billion to 50+ Billion Working Age Premiums & CoPays not changed in 15 years Growing Cost of All-Volunteer Force Equitable & Sustainable System of Pay and Benefits Generous Enough to Recruit and Retain Sacred Obligation

45 Amendments SBP/DIC Offset Elimination Retired Pay Restoration (Concurrent Receipt) Chapter 61 Concurrent Receipt Entitlement TRICARE Dependent Coverage Extension (to age 26) Reserve Retirement Deployment Credit Correction Reserve Retired Pay Age Reduction Federal & Military Retiree Health Care Equity Retired Pay Restoration CRSC for DoD Disability Severances Pay Military Retiree Survivor Comfort Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries TRICARE Autism Care Agent Orange Equity Women Veterans Access to Care Disabled Military Retiree Relief (Concurrent Receipt)


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