Congress Considers Easing Barriers to Urgent Care for TRICARE
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In June, the U.S. Senate passed legislation authorizing funding for the Department of Defense for 2016. Included in that bill is a provision that would allow TRICARE beneficiaries to access up to four urgent care visits without first needing to obtain pre-authorization for those visits.

 

The House version of the Defense authorization bill does not include this language. A committee of select Senate and House lawmakers has been convened to iron out the differences between the two bills. UCAOA strongly supports the Senate bill language easing pre-authorization requirements and needs your help to make sure that it is retained during negotiations.

 

Take a moment today to check whether you live in a state of any of the lawmakers who have been appointed to negotiate a final bill. If you live in a state of one of these lawmakers, please email or call the staff contact with the following request:

 

As an urgent care provider, I ask for your support of Section 701, as included in the Senate Defense Authorization bill. Section 701 would allow TRICARE beneficiaries to access up to four urgent care visits without first needing to obtain pre-authorization for those visits. Pre-authorization creates an unnecessary barrier to accessing urgent care centers, which results in TRICARE beneficiaries seeking care in more costly hospital emergency departments for non-emergent conditions, especially after hours and on weekends. Please retain Section 701 in the final Defense Authorization conference agreement. Thank you for your consideration of my request.

 

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