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There may be hope for those of us impacted by this reduction in earned benefits.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) introduced legislation (S. 1078) that would require the Defense Department (DoD) to continue offering the TRICARE Prime health care coverage option to beneficiaries who reside in areas where DoD plans to discontinue the program on October 1, 2013. Earlier this year, the Pentagon announced that TRICARE Prime Service Areas (PSA) will be limited to within 40 miles of military treatment facilities at active or former military bases throughout the U.S. - a move that will force 173,000 retirees and family members to switch from TRICARE Prime to TRICARE Standard.

The legislation is identical to a House measure (H.R. 1971) sponsored by Rep. John Kline (Minn.) and would help TRICARE Prime beneficiaries who are concerned about the extra cost associated with TRICARE Standard
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