What health care decision means for Tricare

The Supreme Court’s decision Thursday upholding the Affordable Care Act has little impact on Tricare beneficiaries, who will see no change to their benefits.

The ruling, which upholds the individual mandate under the government’s right to tax, will have no impact on Tricare customers because the program not only was omitted from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it later was protected under separate legislation.

The Tricare Affirmation Act was signed in 2010 to quell concerns about health care reform among Tricare users after the Affordable Care Act passed.

The 2010 act explicitly stated that Tricare beneficiaries and Defense Department civilian nonappropriated fund employees were not subject to the penalties for lacking private insurance that are part of the broader law.

Additional legislation, the Tricare Dependent Coverage Extension Act, created Tricare Young Adult (TYA), a premium-based program that extends health benefits for adult children of Tricare beneficiaries. TYA is…

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