Our household is retired military.
We moved to our house in Kansas for many reasons.
One reason was military retirement health coverage.
When we decided to continue in the military
One consideration was the promise that WE would be
Cared for by the military for life.
When we lived in Flagstaff we saw that system fall apart.
Like the doctors who no longer take Medicare patients,
We kept "being released" from doctor care
Because the military TriCare system did not pay enough
To pay for the current charges of local doctors.
My husband's mantra became
If we want care we need to live close to a military hospital.
When we moved we chose a house 10 miles from a fort's hospital.
This week the military newspaper let it out that
Those who live outside of the 40 mile zone
May no longer use a military hospital.
They will have to use TriCare standard.
TriCare standard pays doctors and hospitals a bit less then Medicare.
We have a large retired military population in a town near us
It is the home of Eisenhower- Abilene Ks. It is 48 miles from the hospital.
They get...almost nothing.
Some say that those who retire should have picked up a second career
To get good medical care.
I, in turn, would like them to know
The way that TriCare standard goes-
So goes Medicare.
Stay healthy while the system figures out how to shake off
The baby boomers!