Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan has been notified by the Department of Defense (DoD) that enrollment premiums will increase effective October 1, 2013 as follows:
If you are currently paying your premium through your Military Retirement no action is required. Your premium will continue to be deducted automatically.
If you currently pay by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or Credit Card, please update your information by completing the Automatic Payment form. To protect your security, we do not store payment information. Therefore, we require that you update the automatic payment form each time rates are changed.
If you would like to begin Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or Credit Card for future premiums please complete the Automatic Payment form.
Please return the form prior to October 1, 2013. You may fax your completed form to 410-424-4608.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
Q: Why is my TRICARE Prime enrollment fee increasing?
A: The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 allows TRICARE to increase TRICARE Prime enrollment fees using the same cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) percentage used to increase military retired pay. For Fiscal Year 2013, TRICARE used the COLA for January 1, 2013, of 3.6% to calculate the fee amounts.
Q: When does my TRICARE Prime enrollment fee change?
A: TRICARE Prime enrollment fees are subject to change each fiscal year (October 1). You should receive your annual renewal notice in August or September each year, which notes any fee changes. Beneficiaries who are classified as "survivors of active duty deceased" or "uniformed services medically retired service members and their dependents" will not pay the increased enrollment fee. Their fees remain frozen as long as at least one family member remains enrolled in TRICARE Prime and there is no break in Prime enrollment.
Q: Does the TRICARE Prime enrollment fee increase effect those enrolled in the US Family Health Plan?
A: Yes. The TRICARE Prime enrollment fee also applies to beneficiaries enrolled in the US Family Health Plan, including those 65 and older who do not have Medicare Part B.
Q: With annual enrollment fee increases, how do I pay my TRICARE Prime/US Family Health Plan Prime enrollment fees?
A: Enrollees may pay their TRICARE Prime/US Family Health Plan enrollment fees on monthly, quarterly, or annually basis via electronic funds transfer (EFT) from a financial institution (Complete Automatic Payment form for this option), recurring credit card charge, or allotment/deduction from a Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Coast Guard, or Public Health retirement pay account. Checks can only be accepted for the initial enrollment fee payment; all future payments have to be through some other electronic means as noted above.
Q: Do my co-pays, point-of-service deductible, and fiscal year catastrophic cap amounts increase with the increase of my TRICARE Prime/US Family Health Plan enrollment fees?
A: No. All these payments remain the same. Remember, your enrollment fee counts towards your catastrophic cap.
For additional details please refer to the TRICARE® Web site.
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