Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The purpose of this interim final rule is to establish the TRICARE Young Adult program implementing Section 702 of the Ike Skelton NDAA for FY 2011 (Pub. L. 111-383) to provide medical coverage to unmarried children under the age of 26 who no longer meet the age requirements for TRICARE eligibility (age 21, or 23 if enrolled in a full-time course of study at an institution of higher learning approved by the Secretary of Defense), and who are not eligible for medical coverage from an eligible employer-sponsored plan (as defined in section 5000A(f)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986). If qualified, they can purchase TRICARE Standard/Extra or TRICARE Prime benefits coverage. The particular TRICARE plan available depends on the military sponsor's eligibility and the availability of the TRICARE plan in the dependent's geographic location.
The major features of the program include making coverage available for purchase at a premium which will represent the full cost, including reasonable administrative costs, as determined on an appropriate actuarial basis for coverage. There will be various premiums depending on whether the dependent's sponsor is active duty, retired or eligible under another plan such as TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Retired Reserve, and the adult dependent's health coverage—TRICARE Standard or, for those eligible and where available, TRICARE Prime. The rules and procedures otherwise outlined in Part 199 of 32 CFR relating to the operation and administration of the TRICARE program based on the sponsor's status and health coverage plan will apply for cost-shares, deductibles, and catastrophic caps upon purchasing TRICARE Young Adult coverage. Young adult dependents of members on active duty for more than 30 days are eligible for benefits under the TRICARE ECHO program under section 199.5 of this Part.
The TRICARE Dental Program (§ 199.13 of this Part) and the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (§ 199.22 of this Part) are not included as part of TYA.
Under TRICARE Young Adult, qualified young adult dependents may purchase individual TRICARE coverage by submitting a completed request in the appropriate format along with an initial payment of the applicable premium at the time of enrollment. When coverage becomes effective, a TRICARE Young Adult purchaser receives the TRICARE benefits according to the rules governing the TRICARE program that the enrollee qualified for and selected based on the uniformed services sponsor's status (active duty, retired, Selected Reserve, or Retired Reserve) and the availability of a desired plan in his or her geographic location. The rules and procedures otherwise outlined in the TRICARE Regulation (Part 199) relating to the operation and administration of the TRICARE programs will apply for cost-shares, deductibles, and catastrophic caps upon purchasing TRICARE Young Adult coverage. The young adult dependent's cost-shares, deductibles, and catastrophic caps will be based on the sponsor's status (active duty, retired, Selected Reserve, or Retired Reserve) and whether the dependent has purchased TRICARE Standard/Extra or Prime coverage. TRICARE Young Adult dependents are provided access priority for care in military treatment facilities based on their uniformed services sponsor's status and the selection of health plan.
The Continued Health Care Benefits Program (see § 199.20) shall be made available to all young adult dependents after aging out of the TRICARE Young Adult program or who otherwise lose their eligibility for the TRICARE Young Adult program.
A premium shall be charged for each individual qualified young adult dependent regardless of whether a sponsoring member has more than one young adult dependent child who qualifies or purchases coverage under the TRICARE Young Adult program. The cost shares for TRICARE Standard/Extra or Prime programs in which the adult child is enrolled shall be based on the status of the dependent's sponsor. Because of the differences in cost-shares among the programs and status of the sponsor, there will be a different premium for TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Prime. Premiums are to be paid monthly. The monthly rate for each month of a calendar year is one-twelfth of the annual rate for that calendar year.
The appropriate actuarial basis used for calculating premium rates shall be one that most closely approximates the actual cost of providing care to the same demographic population as those enrolled in TRICARE Young Adult as determined by the ASD(HA). TRICARE Young Adult premiums shall be based on the actual costs of providing benefits to TRICARE Young Adult dependents during the preceding years if the population of Young Adult dependents enrolled in TRICARE Young Adult is large enough during those preceding years to be considered actuarially appropriate. Until such time that actual costs from those preceding years become available, TRICARE Young Adult premiums shall be based on the actual costs during the preceding calendar years for providing benefits to the population of dependents over the age 21 up to age of 26 in order to make the underlying group actuarially appropriate. An adjustment may be applied to cover overhead costs for administration of the program by the government. Additionally, premium adjustments may be made to cover the prospective costs of any significant program changes.
There will be open enrollment so that a qualified young adult dependent may purchase TRICARE Young Adult coverage at any time. The effective date of coverage for TRICARE Standard will coincide with the first day of a month after the date the application and required payment is received. The effective date of coverage for TRICARE Prime will be first day of the second month after the month in which application and required payment is received. There will be a limited period for retroactive coverage. A qualified young adult dependent may elect to start coverage under the TRICARE Standard plan effective with the statutory start date of January 1, 2011, if the dependent was eligible as of that date. If retroactive coverage is elected then retroactive premiums must be paid back to the statutory start date of January 1, 2011. If no retroactive coverage is elected or the retroactive premiums are not paid within the time prescribed, then coverage will not be retroactive and coverage will apply only prospectively beginning on the first day of the month after the date of the application. There shall be no retroactive coverage offered under any TRICARE Prime plan. No purchase of retroactive coverage may take place after September 30, 2011.
With respect to termination of coverage, a loss of eligibility or entitlement for medical benefits of the sponsor will result in termination of coverage for the dependent's TRICARE Young Adult coverage on the same date as the sponsor, unless otherwise authorized. Upon the death of an active duty sponsor, young adult age dependents may purchase TYA coverage up to the age of 26. If a Selected Reserve (Sel Res) or Retired Reserve member ends TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) or TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR) coverage, respectively, eligibility for the young adult dependent to purchase coverage under TRICARE Young Adult also ends. If a Sel Res sponsor dies while enrolled in TRS, the otherwise eligible adult age dependent can purchase TYA coverage up to 6 months after the death of the sponsor. If a Retired Reserve sponsor dies while enrolled in TRR, the otherwise eligible young adult dependent may continue to purchase TYA coverage until the date on which the deceased sponsor would have turned age 60. If the Retired Reserve sponsor was not enrolled in TRR at the time of death, there is no eligibility to purchase TYA coverage until the sponsor would have turned age 60. At that point, the young adult dependent qualifies as a dependent of a deceased retired sponsor and can purchase coverage up to the age of 26.
Coverage will terminate whenever a dependent ceases to meet the qualifications for the program. Claims will be denied effective with the termination date. In addition, covered dependents may terminate coverage at any time by submitting a completed request in the appropriate format. Dependents whose coverage under TRICARE Young Adult terminates for failure to pay premiums in accordance with program requirements will not be allowed to purchase coverage again under TRICARE Young Adult for a period of one year following the date of their coverage termination. This ineligibility period shall be known as a “lockout” period. A request for a waiver of the “lockout” period may be granted by the Director, TRICARE Management Activity, based on extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the adult dependent which resulted in inability to make payments in accordance with program requirements. The Director may allow a 90-day grace period for payment to be made. However, if payment is not made by the 90th day, then coverage will be deemed to have terminated as of the last day of the month in which an appropriate payment was made and no claims may be paid for care rendered after the date of termination. Upon termination of eligibility to purchase TYA coverage, qualified dependents may purchase coverage under the Continued Health Care Benefit Program for up to 36 months except if locked out of TYA. Upon application and payment of appropriate premiums, a young adult dependent who has already purchased coverage under any of the plans offered under TYA may change to another TRICARE program for which the dependent is eligible. Eligibility is based on the sponsor's status and the dependent's geographic location.
Executive Order 12866 requires certain regulatory assessments for any significant regulatory action that would result in an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, or have other substantial impacts. The Congressional Review Act establishes certain procedures for major rules, defined as those with similar major impacts. The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) requires that each Federal agency prepare, and make available for public comment, a regulatory flexibility analysis when the agency issues a regulation that would have significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. This interim final rule will not have an impact on the economy greater than $100 million annually. Further, it will not have a major impact as that term is used under the Congressional Review Act nor will have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. This rule, however, does address novel policy issues relating to implementation of a new medical benefits program for certain dependents of the uniformed services. Thus, this rule has been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget under E.O. 12866.
Section III of this interim final rule contains information collection requirements. DoD has submitted the following proposal to OMB under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of DoD, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Written comments and recommendations on the proposed information collection should be sent to Ms. Jasmeet Seehra at the Office of Management and Budget, DoD Desk Officer, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, with a copy to the TRICARE Management Activity, 5111 Leesburg Pike, Suite 810A, Falls, Church, VA 22041. Comments can be received from 30 to 60 days after the date of this notice, but comments to OMB will be most useful if received by OMB within 30 days after the date of this notice.
You may also submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by the following method:
To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to TRICARE Management Activity, 5111 Leesburg Pike, Suite 810A, Falls Church, VA 22041, Mark Ellis, (703) 681-0039.
We have examined the impact(s) of the interim final rule under Executive Order 13132 and it does not have policies that have federalism implications that would have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. The preemption provisions in the rule conform to law and long-established TRICARE policy. Therefore, consultation with State and local officials is not required.
This rule is being published as an interim final rule with comment period as an exception to our standard practice of first soliciting public comment under a proposed rule, in order to comply with the requirements of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, Public Law 111-383, Section 702, which was enacted on January 7, 2011. This section provides “the amendments by this section shall take effect on January 1, 2011. The Secretary of Defense shall prescribe an interim final rule with respect to such amendments, effective not later than January 1, 2011.” In order to provide coverage as soon as possible consistent
Claims, Handicapped, Health insurance, and Military personnel.
Accordingly, 32 CFR part 199 is amended as follows:
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(A) Unless specified in this section or otherwise prescribed by the ASD (HA), provisions of this Part apply to TRICARE Young Adult.
(B) The TRICARE Dental Program (§ 199.13 of this part) and the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (§ 199.22 of this part) are not covered under TRICARE Young Adult.
(C) TRICARE Standard is available to all TYA-eligible young adult dependents. TYA enrollees in TRICARE Standard may use TRICARE Extra (under § 199.17(e) of this Part).
(D) TRICARE Prime is available to TYA-eligible young adult dependents of sponsors to the same extent it is available to those sponsors' dependents who do not exceed the age requirements of § 199.3 of this part, provided that TRICARE Prime is available in the geographic location where the TYA enrollee resides. This applies to TYA-eligible:
(i) Would be a dependent child under section 199.3 of this Part but for exceeding the age limit under that section; and
(ii) Is a dependent under the age of 26; and
(iii) Is not enrolled, or eligible to enroll, for medical coverage in an eligible employer-sponsored health plan as defined in section 5000A(f)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; and
(iv) Is not otherwise eligible under section 199.3 of this Part; and
(v) Is not a member of the uniformed services.
(2) The dependents' sponsor is responsible for keeping the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) current with eligibility data through the sponsor's Service personnel office. Using information from the DEERS, the managed care support contractors have the responsibility to validate a dependent's qualifications to purchase TRICARE Young Adult coverage.
(ii) The appropriate actuarial basis used for calculating premium rates shall be one that most closely approximates the actual cost of providing care to a similar demographic population (based on age and health plans) as those enrolled in TRICARE Young Adult, as determined by the ASD(HA). TRICARE Young Adult premiums shall be based on the actual costs of providing benefits to TYA dependents during the preceding years if the population of TYA enrollees is large enough during those preceding years to be considered actuarially appropriate. Until such time that actual costs from those preceding years become available, TRICARE Young Adult premiums shall be based on the actual costs during the preceding calendar years for providing benefits to the population of similarly aged dependents to make the underlying group actuarially appropriate. An adjustment may be applied to cover overhead costs for administration of the program.
(ii) Failure of a young adult dependent to maintain the eligibility qualifications in paragraph (b) of this section shall result in the termination of coverage under the TYA program. The effective date of termination shall be the date upon which the adult young dependent failed to meet any of the perquisite qualifications. If a subsequent change in circumstances re-establishes eligibility (such as losing eligibility for an eligible employer-sponsored plan), the young adult dependent may re-enroll for coverage under the TYA program.
(iii) Termination of coverage results in denial of claims for services with a date of service after the effective date of termination.
(iv) Covered dependents may request termination of coverage at any time by submitting a completed request in the appropriate format in accordance with established procedures.