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Federal Employees News Digest : Jan. 21, 2013
Some Tricare prescription copays to rise Tricare beneficiaries soon will pay more for brand-name and non-formulary pre- scriptions that are not filled at military clin- ics or hospitals. The co-pay increases, which Tricare said are expected to kick in sometime in February depending on the timing of system changes, are required by the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. There is no increase to copays for generic medications The new copay for a 30-day supply of a brand-name drug purchased at a retail network pharmacy will be $17, up from the current $12. Users of Tricare's mail home delivery service will pay $13 for a 90-day supply of brand-name drugs, up from $9. The copay for generic medications remains at $5 if a prescription is filled at a network pharmacy; there is no copay for generics filled through mail delivery. Copays for non-formulary medications--- those not listed on the approved Tricare Uniform Formulary because they are too new or expensive---will increase from $25 to $44 at retail pharmacies and $43 through home delivery. From fiscal 2014 on, the new law requires copays to increase every year by the same percentage as retiree cost-of-living adjust- ments. Any increase less than a dollar will be delayed and combined with the next year's adjustment, so increases will always be $1 or more, Tricare said. To see more, go to: www.tricare.mil/ CoveredServices/BenefitUpdates/Archives/ PharmacyCopayChanges.aspx. new deployment planning resource debuts The Defense Department announced the launch of a new resource to guide service members and their families through the deployment process. DOD said the new offering, called Plan My Deployment, is modeled after another popular resource called Plan My Move, which helps service members and their families with permanent changes of station. According to the American Forces Press Service, the interactive online deployment- planning resource provides tools and infor- mation to help service members and their families negotiate each stage of the process, including pre- and post-deployment. The resource also helps families address legal, financial and emotional issues related to deployment. Users of the system can save information online for later access. The new resource is available at DOD's Military OneSource website, and is accessi- ble to extended family members, DOD said. To see more, go to: www.defense.gov/ News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=118960. January 21, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 25 8 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com Thrift SavingsPlanSharePrices FunDS Jan. 15 one MonTh ago one year ago G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund lifecycle Funds L Income L 2020 L 2030 L 2040 L 2050 Register free to get rates of return and other TSP info at: www.FederalDaily.com/pages/resources/thrift-savings-plan.aspx 14.0308 14.0133 13.8270 16.0043 16.0081 15.4146 18.6220 17.8531 15.9324 25.4709 23.7644 21.2851 21.4596 20.5234 17.6812 15.8316 15.6673 15.0793 19.1246 18.6267 17.2172 19.9677 19.3174 17.5983 20.6823 19.9077 17.9428 11.4727 10.9912 9.8033 Federal Benefits Q&A Question: "If I transfer from one government agency to another, is there an option to sell back my leave before going to the new agency?" answer: If you transfer from one agency to another agency, then you cannot "sell" your unused annual leave hours. Your unused annual (and sick) leave balances will transfer to your new agency. Readers are encouraged to ask questions related to general employee benefits---such as CSRS, FERS, the Thrift Savings Plan, tax and estate planning, insurance, Social Security and Medicare---at the "Federal Benefits Q&A" at www.FederalSoup.com.
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