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ADVISORY: Restoring Tricare: Ensuring the Long-Term Viability of the Military Health Care System
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ADVISORY: Restoring Tricare: Ensuring the Long-Term Viability of the Military Health Care System

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  • Christina DiPasquale

Please join the Center for American Progress for a special presentation:

Restoring Tricare: Ensuring the Long-Term Viability of the Military Health Care System

May 10, 2011, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

About this event

Military health care costs have skyrocketed more than 300 percent in the past decade and now consume more than 10 percent of the baseline defense budget. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has publicly lamented that these “health care costs are eating the Department of Defense alive,” and in an attempt to begin to address this problem, he recently proposed small increases in the health care fees paid by military retirees. Gates’s modest adjustments, however, are unlikely to significantly diminish future cost growth in the Tricare military health system. As a result, the rising cost of military health care is likely to remain a controversial issue for the foreseeable future.

Join us for a discussion on how to balance the needs of the military retiree community and the American taxpayer. The panelists will critique a recent report by the Center for American Progress that maps out a set of recommendations to reduce health care expenses by $15 billion a year by 2015, enough to hold the military health care budget stable at 2011 levels. These recommendations ensure active-duty troops will continue to receive health care at no cost and that military retirees will continue to have access to top-quality, affordable health care for life.

Featured panelists:

Norbert R. Ryan Jr., USN-Ret.
, President, Military Officers Association of America

David S. C. Chu
, President, Institute for Defense Analyses

Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Moderator:

Rudy deLeon, Senior Vice President of National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

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Center for American Progress
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Washington, D.C. 20005

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