Vets deserve easier access to prescribed drugs

Posted by on February 11, 2018 6:15 am
Categories: News

By Gary Profit

For most Americans, refilling a regular prescription is simple — picking up their medicine at their local pharmacy on the way home from work or while doing weekly grocery shopping. But for nearly 100,000 Michigan veterans and beneficiaries of our active duty military insured through TRICARE, the Department of Defense health insurance program, obtaining some common maintenance prescriptions can be much more complicated.

Current DoD policy requires that patients obtain maintenance medications either by mail or often inconveniently by driving long distances to a Military Treatment Facility. Unfortunately, none of these facilities are in Michigan, so the state’s veterans must drive across state lines to Ohio, Indiana or Wisconsin — each of which have only one MTF. Our veterans and the families of our active duty military deserve easier access to health care services.

Read more at The Detroit News

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