Nearly 175,000 military retirees, family members may soon have no Tricare Select coverage

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Nearly 175,000 beneficiaries who are working-age military retirees and their family members who were enrolled in Tricare Select may soon find their health care coverage has been dropped, because they haven’t set up payment plans for the newly required enrollment fees.

By law, in order to continue coverage under Tricare Select, retiree sponsors were required to start paying new monthly enrollment fees as of Jan. 1, and they were required to set up a payment plan by Dec. 31 by allotment, bank account or credit card.

About 20 percent of this population, or 174,754 out of 872,886 beneficiaries, haven’t

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