H.R.4949 - Military Retirees' Health Care Protection Act109th Congress (2005-2006)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Edwards, Chet [D-TX-17] (Introduced 03/14/2006)|
|Committees:||House - Armed Services|
|Latest Action:||03/14/2006 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.|
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Summary: H.R.4949 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (03/14/2006)
Military Retirees' Health Care Protection Act - Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the Department of Defense (DOD) and the nation have a committed health benefits obligation to retired military personnel that exceeds the obligation of corporate employers to civilian employees; and (2) DOD has many additional options to constrain the growth of health care spending in ways that do not disadvantage beneficiaries, and should pursue such options rather than seeking large fee increases for beneficiaries.
Prohibits an increase after December 31, 2005, in: (1) a premium, deductible, copayment, or other charge prescribed by the Secretary of Defense for medical and dental health care coverage for military personnel; and (2) the dollar amount of a cost-sharing requirement under the DOD pharmacy benefits program.
Prohibits: (1) charges for DOD inpatient care from exceeding $535 per day; and (2) after December 31, 2005, an increase in premiums under TRICARE (a DOD managed health care program) for certain members of the Selected Reserve.