Posted by Service Officer on October 31st, 2011
Good morning! My apologies for the mass email. I’m a Japan-based reporter for Stars and Stripes (www.stripes.com), the international newspaper that has been covering the U.S. military since World War II. I got your emails from the RAO at Clark and I’m hoping you can help us.
We are preparing to publish a story on the upcoming Tricare pilot program, which will create a closed network of health care providers in the Philippines as a way to cut down on fraud. I’ve been speaking with veterans there who have told me there are deep problems with the current system and its ability to reimburse veterans in a fair and timely way. Namely, the up-front payments and the certified provider list are making it difficult for veterans to get the benefits they earned.
I’m looking to speak with more veterans who have personal stories about problems with Tricare, especially those who may not be seeking needed health care because they worry they won’t get reimbursed. I have heard of at least one veteran who may have died partly because he did not want to spend his savings and not get reimbursed. If this is happening to others, we want to know about it.
Please let me know if you can help. Just send me an email if you are interested and we can arrange a time to talk.
Feel free to pass this email along to other veterans. Thanks in advance for your help!
Travis J. Tritten
Stars and Stripes
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