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Tags: Coronavirus | House | Democrats | military | prescriptions | copays

Proposed Bill Waives Drug Copays for Military Personnel, Families

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By    |   Tuesday, 28 April 2020 01:41 PM

A proposed House bill would eliminate prescription copayments for military personnel and their families during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Help Our Heroes Access Medicine Act was introduced by Reps. Elaine Luria, D-Va., and Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., on Tuesday, The Hill reports. 

“It is critical that we protect those who have fought and served our country," Luria said in a statement. 

It would “give the Secretary of Defense the authority to waive TRICARE copays on prescription drugs during a public health emergency or national emergency,” Luria said, referencing the military healthcare system managed by the Department of Defense. 

TRICARE beneficiaries currently pay a $10 copay for a 90-day supply of a generic drug and $29 for name brand drugs through mail order. 

Beneficiaries who get their prescriptions at Military Treatment Facilities do not pay a copay. But since the outbreak those facilities have seen an uptick in patients and they have suspended access for retirees and other beneficiaries. 

“The copays on mail-order prescriptions can be an unexpected financial burden during this time of uncertainty,” Luria said.

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A proposed House bill would eliminate prescription copayments for military personnel and their families during the coronavirus outbreak. The Help Our Heroes Access Medicine Act was introduced by Reps. Elaine Luria, D-Va., and Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., on Tuesday, The...
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