By Tom Philpott, Military.com, February 9, 2006

The Bush administration, in its fiscal 2007 defense budget, unveiled its plan to raise TRICARE fees and deductibles for military retirees under age 65 and their dependents.

Co-payments in the TRICARE retail pharmacy network also would climb, but for all beneficiaries except those on active duty.

Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, immediately endorsed the plan, describing it as a necessary “renorming” of TRICARE fees and deductibles left unchanged since they were set in 1995.

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