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- AS TRICARE TREATMENT EXPANDS COVERAGE OPTIONS, PRICES OF CO-PAYS FOR MENTAL HEALTH DECREASE - October 13, 2016
TRICARE Lowers Mental Health Care Co-Pays, Expands Treatment Options
By Kellie Lunney, Government Executive
The cost of mental health care coverage is going down for many TRICARE beneficiaries at the same time access to more treatment is expanding, according to the military health agency.
TRICARE retirees, as well as non-active duty dependents and survivors, generally will pay roughly half the co-payment for outpatient mental health care and substance abuse treatment – from $25 to $12 per visit – effective Oct. 3. “Co-pays and cost-shares for inpatient mental health services will also be the same as for inpatient medical/surgical care,” said a press release. If beneficiaries are overcharged by TRICARE providers unaware of the changes, TRICARE will correct those claims retroactive to Oct. 3.
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