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Webb Statement on TRICARE and Health Care Reform

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The following statement is from Jim Webb's office. According to this article, the main purpose of Webb's legislation is to "set the record straight," because "here has been too much confusion about the effect of health care changes on Tricare." In other words, Webb's legislation will make doubly sure that Tricare is in good shape, even though there's no indication that it isn't.  
Today, Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) introduced a bill that would explicitly state in law that TRICARE and Department of Defense (DOD) nonappropriated fund (NAF) health plans meet the minimum essential coverage for individual health insurance required by the health care reform bill passed yesterday by the House of Representatives. While beneficiaries of these programs will already meet the minimum requirements for individual health insurance and will not be required to purchase additional coverage, the TRICARE Affirmation Act would provide clarification by changing the tax code to state it in law.