Tricare Sign On
In January 2013, Tricare, the insurance provided to active duty military personnel, retirees, and their families, ceased coverage of more than 100 laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) when ordered by physicians within the provider network. These genetic tests play a critical role they play in diagnosing and treating serious medical conditions, and should be considered standard of care. This change is part of a wider trend in the United States, where coverage of molecular diagnostic tests is at risk.
On June 18, 2014, Genetic Alliance delivered a letter to Capitol Hill expressing deep concern with the recent cease in coverage of Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) for military service members and their families. A total of 79 organizations signed the letter urging Congress to rectify this serious and ongoing issue as they move forward with the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2015.
Read the Sign On Letter
- Fact Sheet: TRICARE and Military Families (.pdf)
- Partial List of Tests No Longer Covered (.pdf) (Provided by LabCorp)
- Article in Stars and Stripes, "DHA operations chief vows some relief from surprise lab fees," Dated February 6, 2014 (.pdf)
- Article in Stars and Stripes, "Some lab fees soon will be billed to Tricare patients," Dated January 9, 2014 (.pdf)
If you have any questions regarding this effort, please contact Sharon Romelczyk at firstname.lastname@example.org