Raising pressure on the Administration’s proposed Tricare fee increases for military retirees under age 65, there is now a Senate version of legislation that would place limits on how much the Administration can boost fees. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), a World War II veteran, and Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), a Vietnam War veteran, joined forces to sponsor the Military Retirees’ Health Care Protection Act. Similar legislation was introduced in the House last month.
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.