Sinema’s legislation allows TRICARE beneficiaries to receive prescriptions outside military clinics during coronavirus with no added fees
WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema introduced the bipartisan TRICARE Prescriptions Relief Act with Senator Roger Wicker (MS). The Senators’ legislation increases flexibility for TRICARE beneficiaries during the ongoing public health crisis by waiving fees for prescriptions filled outside of a military clinic.
“Ensuring Arizona TRICARE recipients can receive their prescriptions outside of military clinics at no added cost helps keep Arizona military families and retirees safe during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,” said Sinema.
Currently, military families and retirees who use TRICARE and receive their prescription drugs from military treatment facilities do not pay any copayments for their prescriptions. However, if they receive their prescription through a retail pharmacy or through mail-order services they must pay co-pays. During national emergencies, such as the current public health emergency, TRICARE beneficiaries need flexibility to acquire their prescriptions. Sinema’s TRICARE Prescriptions Relief Act allows the Secretary of Defense to waive TRICARE pharmacy copays for mail-order or retail pharmacy servicies during national emergencies including the coronavirus pandemic.
Sinema has also added a resources page to her website, www.sinema.senate.gov/corona, for Arizonans looking for the latest information on coronavirus.