United States Department Of Defense ( Dod ) Military Healthcare System

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TRICARE in a Nutshell
TRICARE is the United States Department of Defense (DOD) Military Healthcare System. TRICARE provides military personnel, both active and retired, along with their dependents, a civilian health benefits. The program also covers survivors and certain former spouses worldwide. Finally, in the same way active duty or retirees become eligible, certain reserve military members and their direct dependents become entitled on the service member 's 60th birthday (DHA 1). This paper will further discuss the company’s history, available insurance products, organization, number of enrollees, and financial breakdowns.
History
Healthcare for our nation’s military personnel and their dependents was provided in military treatment facilities (MTFs), as well by approved referrals to civilian hospitals or medical practices when a military doctors or specialists were not available. Post WWII, the availability for service members to receive care at an MTF became increasingly difficult due to constraints with resources. Addressing this dire concern, Congress voted for and passed the Dependents Medical Care Act of 1956 and the Military Medical Benefits Amendments of 1966. The Act and Amendment gave power to the Secretary of Defense to be able to forge contracts with civilian health care providers. TRICARE’s predecessor, known as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS) was created in 1966 and formed the civilian health program that cares for…

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