NACDS, NCPA blast higher Tricare co-pays.
WASHINGTON -- Higher copays could result in an increase of over $1 billion in federal spending for medical services, warn the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). In a recent letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House Armed Services Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee, NACDS and NCPA reiterated concerns about the impact co-pay increases could have on Tricare beneficiaries.
NACDS and NCPA said in their letter that when the Congressional Budget Office reviewed the Senate version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), it found that "co-pay increases would result in an increase of more than $1 billion in federal spending for medical services, particularly in Medicare."
In addition, the letter stated that the proposed co-pay increases in the Senate version of the fiscal 2017 NDAA "would double, and in some cases nearly triple, the amount of money a Tricare beneficiary would be required to pay out of pocket to get their prescriptions filled."