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The December CPI is 235.390, 0.1 percent above the FY 2016 COLA baseline - See m

The December CPI is 235.390, 0.1 percent above the FY 2016 COLA baseline - See m

The CPI for January 2017 is scheduled to be released on February 15, 2017.

Note: Military retiree COLA is calculated based on the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), not the overall CPI. Monthly changes in the index may differ from national figures reported elsewhere.

Dec 16 COLA

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CVS to Leave TRICARE Pharmacy Network

On September 30th, TRICARE pharmacy contractor Express Scripts, Inc., announced that CVS pharmacies, including those in Target stores, will no longer process prescriptions for TRICARE as of Dec. 1, 2016.

The good news is that Walgreens pharmacies will return to the TRICARE network on Dec. 1.

You may recall Walgreens left the TRICARE network in 2011 after Walgreens declined to accept TRICARE payment levels.

After experiencing drops in store revenue, Walgreens had a change of heart and has agreed to accept TRICARE payments.

Now it's CVS that's balking over the same issue, and TRICARE's answer is the same as it was previously for Walgreen's - pharmacies that don't agree to the TRICARE payment can't be in the TRICARE network.

The return of Walgreens means the TRICARE network will still include 57,000 retail pharmacies, and 98 percent of TRICARE beneficiaries will have a network pharmacy within five miles of home.

Beneficiaries who have been using CVS will be notified about how they can transfer their prescriptions to a nearby network pharmacy. Those who use certain specialty drugs will receive additional assistance.

If beneficiaries chose to fill a prescription at CVS after Dec. 1, it will be a non-network pharmacy. This means they will have to pay the full cost of the medication upfront, and file for partial reimbursement from TRICARE

- See more at: http://www.moaa.org/Content/Take-Action/Top-Issues/Currently-Serving/CVS-to-Leave-TRICARE-Pharmacy-Network.aspx#sthash.GSkTDGTe.dpuf

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TRICARE contracts won't be chanaged

This week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a statement denying all bid protests of TRICARE's next round of contracts, known as “T-2017.”Although the full report is not out yet, this announcement allows the DoD to move ahead with its plan to consolidate its existing three TRICARE regions into two.These will consist of the East and the West regions, with the East region the most heavily populated by beneficiaries.The two new 2017 TRICARE contracts will be administered over five years, and are worth an estimated $58 billion. The original winners of the bids, HealthNet Federal Services for the West, and Humana for the East, are now able to move forward with their transition plans.The new contractors will be aiming for implementation in late summer or early fall of 2017. But DoD is planning for a longer transition period, designed to be more seamless for beneficiaries.The new contracts include several new changes to improve beneficiary access, quality, and safety of care.For example, in large TRICARE market areas there will now be case management liaisons between military treatment facilities and civilian purchased care. Also, there will be electronic notification of referrals which beneficiaries can track online - a huge improvement over paper and faxed referrals.Many new quality improvement measures should result in better care for TRICARE's 9.2 million beneficiaries.In the meantime, the GAO denial isn't necessarily the end of the line if unsuccessful contract bidders want to pursue legal action in the courts.MOAA will keep you informed of further developments. - See more at: http://www.moaa.org/Content/Take-Action/Top-Issues/Currently-Serving/TRICARE-Contracts-Won-t-Be-Changed.aspx#sthash.bIk2gjOV.dpuf

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