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New TRICARE Drug Prices Take Effect Oct. 1, Pentagon Says

August 29, 2015

TRICARE LogoMilitary families and retirees who regularly refill some brand-name medications at retail pharmacies will need to either switch to home delivery, get their drugs at a military treatment facility or start paying for them out of pocket beginning October 1.

Right now, TRICARE subsidizes all covered brand-name medication at in-network, civilian retail pharmacies. Users pay $20 for a 30 day supply, while Tricare covers the remaining cost. But the new rule will force users who buy “maintenance” drugs at those locations to pay the entire cost out pocket.

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Special thanks to Gordon Lau for this information. Gordon and his family live in Washington state.

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