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Does TRICARE Care?

Terri Barnes, a military wife and mom of three children, contributes a weekly blog to Stars  & Stripes entitled "Spouse Calls." This week she weighs in on the confusion military families face trying to comprehend TRICARE's new policies on coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA).

Does Tricare really care? Anyone following recent policy changes and the meager and conflicting public statements from Tricare Management Activity, the government-run provider of military health care, may have cause to doubt.

Following the policy developments has been difficult, but a few vigilant military spouses, news outlets and advocacy groups have been watching and reporting on the health care news and its impact on military families.

Most concerning are changes quietly made to Tricare policy in June regarding applied behavioral analysis (ABA), a widely used and commonly accepted therapy for autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Read the full blog here.


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