Shea-Porter Amendments Protect TRICARE From Cost Increases

Amendments Included in the National Defense Authorization Act


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced that she succeeded in adding amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will protect TRICARE from cost increases.  Shea-Porter’s amendments will ensure that TRICARE health care and prescription drug costs and co-payments do not increase in 2011.

Our military personnel, retirees, and their families have made enormous sacrifices on behalf of our country, and our country must honor our commitment to them,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “Our military families rely on TRICARE and they should not have to worry about cost increases during these difficult economic times. My amendments will ensure that TRICARE costs do not increase next year.”

Health care for military families has been a top priority for Congresswoman Shea-Porter. In March, she spoke on the House floor in favor of the TRICARE Affirmation Act.  This legislation explicitly states that TRICARE satisfies all of the requirements for individual health insurance in the new health care law. This legislation, which passed the House and was signed into law, ensures that those insured under TRICARE will not have to purchase additional insurance.