Military Retirees Health Care Price Goes Up

Health care will cost a little more for new military retirees starting Saturday.

Under a change announced by the Defense Department, retired military who enroll in the Retiree Program as of Saturday will pay $260 annually, up from $230. It will be $520 annually for a family, up from $460.

Retirees already in the program will not see any increase until next year because they have already paid for this year.

This is the first time premiums have gone up since 1994.


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  • by USMCretired Location: Jacksonville on Oct 2, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    I enlisted in the Marines in 1971. The military was considered by man to be a less than respectable profession. We were in the middle of an unpopular war, and there was a draft in place. My base pay at that time was $72 per month. I married and have a few children. During my first 11 years of service, my family qualified for food stamps although we never applied for them. Like the poster says, I wasn't promised a rose garden. I was, however, promised medical care for myself and my family. I've served in two wars, and while I don't consider myself better than anyone else, I do expect our government to fulfill its' promise.
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      by don't belive the recruiters on Oct 2, 2011 at 06:46 PM in reply to USMCretired
      We are the government. You'll see your benifits decline if just in cost of living increases being subpar but I doubt it will be radical. Everyone is going to be squeezed. We are badly in debt. The cuts are coming.
  • by marine brat on Oct 2, 2011 at 11:16 AM
    At this point in time, the military benifits will decline further. It's a no brainer. The money is just not there anymore. Debt worldwide is what's pulling down the stock market. The US standard of living is on the decline like it or not. The rest of the world is chatching up with us fast.
  • by Self employed Location: Choco on Oct 2, 2011 at 09:44 AM
    I didn't serve the military....but I would be delighted to have Health Ins. for my family at $520 per year. $520 won't pay for one month, and as far as retirement in this economy, it's not happening, I will have to work hard untill I die. I suppose I should have joined the Navy afterall.
  • by Retired Military Location: Greenville on Oct 2, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    To Unpampered Citizen. Apparently you never served in the military let along subjected you or your family to frequent military moves or deployment. Sure we enlisted in the military either for a job or service to our country. Your comments prove your ignorance, and you have lived in a shell (or rock) for the past 10 years. While our military (present and past) have been shot at, bombed at or physically maimed or injured, you have enjoyed the benefits or these men and women serving an protecting our country and going to places where our country sent us. 20 years may not seem like a lot to you (especially if you're arm chair quaterbacking or making comments like this) but 20 years of risking your life to protect your fellow soldier/sailor or coming home in one piece takes a physical and emotional toll, even if we did sign up for it. You are the same type of person who would make a comment about firemen or police officers retiring at 20 years too. Grow up. Open your eyes and think before you speak (or write in this particular case).
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      by Vet on Oct 2, 2011 at 11:03 AM in reply to Retired Military
      Well stated!! I can tell you are a veteran, thank you for serving our country and keeping us free.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2011 at 05:44 PM in reply to Retired Military
      Another one sided opinion. More flag waving rhetoric.
  • by Unpampered Citizen on Oct 2, 2011 at 04:27 AM
    They need to stop whining.If they cant spend that amount of money on insurance a year something is terribly wrong.Feel lucky you got it plus a check or two coming in every month.There are millions that have less with no insurance and have to pay out of pocket or possible lose their homes.I am one of them.Thanks for your service,but you are no better than the average american.One man is no better than the next not unless you are some kind of useless criminal.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2011 at 06:45 AM in reply to Unpampered Citizen
      You had a choice to enlist in the military and put yourself in harms way, but you evidently chose a softer career. Military people don't think they are better than anyone but they are promised many things when they sign on the dotted line. I am sure if your employer promises you things, you demand them or sue if they don't follow through.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2011 at 10:04 AM in reply to Unpampered Citizen
      Very well put.
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        by Draftee on Oct 3, 2011 at 07:25 AM in reply to
        As a person of poor socio economic status who was drafted, without choice, into the US Army, and sent off to fight an undjust war in Vietnam while receiving hardly any monthly compensation, I have no sympathy for a volunteer enlistee. When I returned from my 13 month tour and arrived in Oakland, California, Uncle Sam provided me an airline ticket back to North Carolina, paid me a few dollars for my unused leave days, presented me a DD214 Honorable Discharge Certificate, and I have never received another penney for an experience that was a trip through Hell.
  • by chill Location: enc on Oct 2, 2011 at 04:06 AM
    We give free medical to illegals. WE need to take care of those that serve the USA.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Oct 2, 2011 at 01:51 AM
    When I joined the military in 1976 I was promised no medical costs as long as I stayed in and if I stayed for 20 none for life. I spent almost 22 years in and now I get cheaper insurance at my job than the VA.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2011 at 09:43 AM in reply to Frank Sinatra
      What company do you work for? My health insurance has been increasing EVERY year for the last six Years.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2011 at 11:09 AM in reply to Frank Sinatra
      My dad passed in a VA hospital per my mom's choice. Would highly recommend you stay away. Slackest big fat nurses I've ever seen.
  • by Change is the only thing for sure Location: US on Oct 1, 2011 at 09:22 PM
    Wars are winding down. Everything is going to be on the chopping block as the GOP wants. The entire military retirement system will likely be changed soon per reliable sources. Weapons, technology and readiness comes first.
  • by T Maxx Location: G-vegas on Oct 1, 2011 at 06:37 PM
    U.S. government way to take care of your Vets, health care increase.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2011 at 06:33 PM
    In 2012 vote for hope and change, vote Republican
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      by Change is the only thing for sure on Oct 1, 2011 at 09:23 PM in reply to
      They will make the deepest cuts to the system- just watch.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2011 at 01:49 AM in reply to
      This is a GOP cut, get your facts right next time.
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        by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2011 at 08:45 AM in reply to
        Barack Obama is Commander in Chief.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2011 at 02:52 AM in reply to
      We need new leadership at the top. We are a failing empire at this point in history.
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        by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2011 at 02:14 PM in reply to
        It would take a magician to stop the declining standard of living in the US. The numbers just do not add up. The rest of the world is catching up to us and that is a good thing for humanity.
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