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Modernization of the Tricare Benefit

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Defense Health Board Falls Church United States

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TRICARE, the Department of Defenses DoD health care service program, complements and supplements the militarys direct care system with a network of civilian providers to serve 9.6 million beneficiaries, including Active Duty Service Members ADSM, retirees, and their dependents. Established in 1993, TRICARE traces its roots to programs established by legislation in the 1950s and 1960s for the DoDs health care system to accommodate the increasing population of military retirees and dependents following World War II and the Korean War. Todays TRICARE enables integrated health care across military treatment facilities MTF, or direct care, and networks of civilian providers, or purchased care. Civilian managed care support contractors MCSC help to deliver the TRICARE benefit in purchased care worldwide through multi-year contracts. The DoD updates these contracts periodically to reflect changes in the militarys medical requirements and support the Military Health Systems MHS effort to provide quality health care to beneficiaries.

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Technical Report



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