Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Block Veteran Health Cuts

Law360, New York (May 21, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT) -- U.S. senators introduced legislation on Friday to shield military veterans from spiking medical costs under Tricare, potentially adding further complications to efforts to rein in defense spending and the national debt.

The Military Health Care Protection Act of 2012, sponsored by Sens. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., caps health insurance enrollment fees, deductibles and pharmacy co-payments.

In doing so, it runs counter to President Barack Obama’s budget request, which boosts certain Tricare charges and creates new ones. According to the bill’s authors, similar increases...
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