We live more than 50 miles from Ft.Leonard Wood, so we have never been able to use the hospital. However, Tricare is fantastic health insurance, and no premiums to pay, ever. We were Tricare Select (they change the name every few years, it was Tricare Prime), and now since I'm on Medicare I have Tricare for Life, and my wife will switch over next month. We have had no complaints, and we get to use the pharmacy at FLW for free prescription fills and refills. We drive up there every 90 days for prescriptions, and hit the commissary, too. Not having the use of a military hospital has never hurt us. They opened a new VA clinic here in town last year, but we're happy with our private doctor, and since their pharmacy is not as extensive as the one at FLW, I've only visited it once to check it out. So they are not leaving retirees high and dry, or anything like that.
During the run up to Obama Care we were notified of changes to Tricare Prime for Military Retirees. Before Obama we could select civilian doctors who were allowed to be Primary Care Managers as long as their office was within 100 miles of a military base. Under Obama that distance was changed to only 40 miles so we lost a very good family practice doctor. We were left literally with one doctor to chose from, and we don't like him or his practice. He is 40 miles from the Navy Base in Jacksonville but he is almost an hour from us. Bottom line; we don't go to the doctor anymore unless it is bad. According to the article this policy was ordered by Congress in 2016 so I blame the Obama administration, and Congress of that time for screwing retirees over, and the current administration and Congress has not done anything to change it.
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