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Military / Tricare
Background
News

TRICARE is the healthcare program for Uniformed Service members, retirees, and their families worldwide.

 

Many NAPHS members are TRICARE-certified.

 

Other NAPHS members work in a variety of ways, including providing direct services to military families, veterans, and active-duty military; innovative hiring programs; and more.

 

4/19/2017

Signed into law (P.L.115-26): “A bill to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the termination date for the Veterans Choice Program, and for other purposes (S.544)"

3/16/2017

Note: Annual TRICARE mental health rates now published in manuals. The Department of Defense no longer publishes Federal Register notices for fiscal year mental health rate updates for the TRICARE program. Links to reimbursement rates for freestanding partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) and residential treatment centers (RTCs) for the most recent three fiscal years (FY) are posted at http://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Business-Support/Rates-and-Reimbursement/PHP-and-RTC-Rates. This site includes links to the FY2017 PHP rates and FY2017 facility-specific RTC rates.

9/8/2016

NAPHS Briefing: "Just-published final rule modernizes TRICARE mental health benefits"

9/2/2016

Defense Department final rule: "TRICARE: Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment."  Also see 9.16.16 technical amendment.

8/3/2016

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) report: Suicide Among Veterans and Other Americans: 2001-2014.

6/7/2016

VA's PTSD Consultation Program now also available to non-VA health providers. Also see outreach materials.

5/11/2016

GAO report (GAO-16-353): “Veterans’ Health Care: Proper Plan Needed to Modernize System for Paying Community Providers”

4/18/2016

GAO report: "Human Capital: Additional Actions Needed to Enhance DOD's Efforts to Address Mental Health Care Stigma"

3/31/2016

NAPHS comment letter on Defense Department's proposed rule on "TRICARE: Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment"

3/31/2016

Parity Implementation Coalition letter on Defense Department's proposed rule on "TRICARE: Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment" 

3/1/2016

VA release: "VA Improves Timeliness of Provider Payments" in Veterans Choice Program

2/3/2016

Department of Defense guidance memo: "Provision of Telemedicine at a Patient's Location

2/1/2016

Defense Department proposed rule: "TRICARE: Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment"

12/1/2015

Department of Veterans Affairs interim final rule: "Expanded Access to Non-VA Care Through the Veterans Choice Program." Also see 4.25.16 correction.

10/29/2015

Department of Veterans Affairs final rule: "Expanded Access to Non-VA Care through the Veterans Choice Program"

10/28/2015

GAO letter report: "VA Mental Health: Clearer Guidance on Access Policies and Wait-Time Data Needed" (GAO-16-24)

10/27/2015

Defense Department notice: "TRICARE (formerly CHAMPUS) FY2016 Mental Health Rate Updates"

9/16/2015

Letter from 24 mental health groups to Reps. MacArthur and O'Rourke for the Veterans’ Mental Health Care Access Act (H.R.1604)

7/29/2015

NAPHS letter of support to Reps. MacArthur and O'Rourke for the Veterans’ Mental Health Care Access Act (H.R.1604)

5/1/2015

Department of Veterans Affairs final rule: "Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program"

4/24/2015

Department of Veterans Affairs interim final rule: "Driving Distance Eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program"

4/10/2015

Mental Health Liaison Group letter on the Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act (S.646)

3/19/2015

Veterans Affairs final rule: "Schedule for Rating Disabilities—Mental Disorders and Definition of Psychosis for Certain VA Purposes"

2/12/2015

President Obama signs into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (H.R.203)

11/28/2014

Department of Veterans Affairs direct final rule: "Exempting Mental Health Peer Support Services From Copayments."  Also see proposed rule.

11/21/2014

Department of Veterans Affairs notice: "Wait-Time Goals of the Department for the Veterans Choice Program" (updates start date)

11/5/2014

Department of Veterans Affairs interim final rule: "Expanded Access to Non-VA Care through the Veterans Choice Program."  (Also see 11.21.14 notice updating start date.)

11/5/2014

Department of Veterans Affairs notice: "Publication of Wait-Times for the Department for the Veterans Choice Program"

8/4/2014

VA interim final rule: "Schedule for Rating Disabilities—Mental Disorders and Definition of Psychosis for Certain VA Purposes"

7/17/2014

Defense Department final rule: "TRICARE Certified Mental Health Counselors"

5/20/2014

NAPHS letter of support to Reps. Gardner and Capps for Caring for America’s Heroes Act, H.R.4656

5/16/2014

NAPHS letter of support to Sens. Stabenow, Blunt, Franken, and Moran for Caring for America’s Heroes Act, S.2276

5/9/2014

Support letter from NAPHS and 27 national organizations for the Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act (H.R.4305/S.2231)

12/26/2013

Defense Department notice of demonstration: "Extension [1 year] of Autism Services Demonstration Project for TRICARE Beneficiaries Under the Extended Care Health Option"

12/17/2013

Department of Veterans Affairs final rule: "Secondary Service Connection for Diagnosable Illnesses Associated With Traumatic Brain Injury"

12/10/2013

Department of Defense notice: "TRICARE Fiscal Year 2014 Mental Health Rate Updates"

10/22/2013

Department of Defense final rule: "TRICARE; Removal of the Prohibition To Use Addictive Drugs in the Maintenance Treatment of Substance Dependence in TRICARE Beneficiaries"

2/26/2013

DoD final rule: "TRICARE: Elimination of the Non-Availability Statement Requirement for Non-Emergency Inpatient Mental Health Care"

2/27/2012

NAPHS comment letter on proposed rule: "TRICARE: Removal of the Prohibition to Use Addictive Drugs in the Maintenance Treatment of Substance Dependence in TRICARE Beneficiaries" [View]

2/27/2012

NAPHS comment letter on proposed rule: "TRICARE: Extended Care Health Option" on autism [View]

2/15/2012

Dept. of Defense notice: "Termination of the Department of Defense Web-Based TRICARE assistance program demonstration" [View]

2/1/2012

Child Welfare Information Gateway: "Working with Military Families" [View]

12/27/2011

Defense Department interim final rule: "TRICARE: Certified Mental Health Counselors"

9/16/2011

Proposed rule: "TRICARE: Elimination of the Non-Availability Statement (NAS) Requirement for Non-Emergency Inpatient Mental Health Care" [View]

8/23/2011

Veterans Affairs Department final rule: "Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program" [View]

4/27/2011

CHAMPUS: Tricare Young Adult program (interim final rule) -- to provide an extended medical coverage opportunity to most unmarried children under 26 of uniformed services [View]

3/4/2011

TRICARE: "Notice of two-year continuation of disease management demonstration project for TRICARE standard beneficiaries" [View]

3/4/2011

NAPHS comment letter to DoD on proposed rule for TRICARE reimbursement for travel for specialty care under exceptional circumstances [View]

2/12/2010

Institute of Medicine consensus report: Provision of Mental Health Counseling Services under TRICARE [View]

10/29/2009

Tricare final rule: Hospital-based psychiatric partial hospital programs (TRICARE approval of a hospital is sufficient for its psychiatric partial hospitalization program to be an authorized TRICARE provider) [View]

5/8/2009

TRICARE; Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS): Statement Concerning Additional Public Comments Following Final Rule Issuance [View]

3/9/2009

NAPHS comment letter: "TRICARE: Outpatient Hospital Prospective Payment System (OPPS): Delay of Effective Date and Additional Opportunity for Public Comment” [View]

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