Armed Forces News

Tricare officials have announced the start dates of a pilot program for ready reserve members who are either unemployed or employed but not eligible for employer-sponsored health coverage, and their family members. Medical care coverage will be on a cost-share basis. Start dates: Region 11 – Sept. 1; Regions 2, 5, 9, 10, and 12 – Oct. 1; Regions 3 and 4 – Nov. 1; Region 1 – Dec. 1; Regions 7 and 8 – Jan. 1, 2005; Region 6 – Feb. 1, 2005. Meanwhile, the House version of the ’05 authorization bill has a provision to extend the demonstration, currently due to expire Dec. 31, 2004, to Dec. 31, 2007. The bill would require the Defense Department to conduct the demonstration at a minimum of 10 sites.