Service members, their families and eligible retirees would not have to make copayments for prescription medications during national and public-health emergencies, under a measure now pending before Congress. Reps. Elaine Luria, D-Virginia, and Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Delaware, introduced H.R. 6673 to the House Armed Services Committee April 21. TRICARE beneficiaries now must make $10 copays for 90-day supplies of generic and $29 for name-brand prescription medications issued through mail order. Such prescriptions are free when issued by military treatment facilities (MTFs). During the present COVID-19 pandemic, some MTF commanders have restricted retirees’ and beneficiaries’ access to these brick-and-mortar pharmacies. As such, these beneficiaries have been forced to switch their prescriptions to mail-order delivery.
“The copays on mail-order prescriptions can be an unexpected financial burden during this time of uncertainty,” a press release issued by Luria’s office stated. The bill has support from 13 veterans’ service organizations.