A new Senate proposal to cut Medicaid does not address or allay the concerns of stakeholders. The proposed legislation will negatively impact military children and their families.
Just In – Defense Health Board 10 August 2017 Report on Pediatric Care. This 200+ page report reflects the Board’s deliberations over the last year (see TFK Briefing Book, below). The DHB report clearly validates the Tricare for Kids concerns, and challenges the DoD initial and subsequent TFK responses that Tricare is providing pediatric services adequately.
More than 60 families and advocates submitted to the Military Family Readiness Council in February 2017 their personal stories regarding challenges in obtaining necessary care for their children. The MFRC shared these documents with the Defense Health Board in Spring 2017 for consideration as it conducts its pediatric healthcare review and recommendations for improvement.
Military family stories are the most powerful tools we have in advocacy to improve healthcare access, coverage and accountability for our military children.
Recommendations to the Defense Health Board for improvements in military children’s health care supports and services by the Tricare for Kids Coalition.
Military and veteran families rely on Medicaid and the pediatric care infrastructure to serve our most vulnerable children, families during transition, and for medically necessary supports and services not covered by Tricare.
Submission to the DHB to inform discussion and testimony around pediatric care including medical necessity and problems with a system for military children that is based on Medicare.
The Coalition letter to the Military Family Readiness Council (MFRC) thanking the Council for its continued interest and commitment to monitoring and pressing for action addressing the findings of the TFK (aka DoD Pediatric Report) released July 2104.
Key TFK Coalition member, the Military Special Needs Network (MSNN) letter to MFRC thanking the Council for its commitment to military families with special needs, and pointing out errors and misstatements, as well as lack of progress on ECHO improvements. Every day that DoD fails to act to improve ECHO, military families impacted by disabilities and chronic or complex conditions are not receiving the supports and services they need.
Advocate and TFK founding member Jeremy Hilton chronicled the saga and lack of progress toward EFMP reform for the Military Family Readiness Council which has shown great interest and commitment to reform. Every day that DoD fails to act, military families are not receiving supports and services they need.
This document details the significant findings of the TFK/DoD Pediatric Report to Congress released in July 2014. Congress, the Military Family Readiness Council, and advocates have requested updates but here has been no specific nor comprehensive response to date.