Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), Chair of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Defense’s release of its report on “Restructuring and Realignment of Military Medical Treatment Facilities.”
“I’m concerned that the DoD, in its haste to cut costs and fund programs and needs unrelated to health care, may be putting our military families and retirees at serious risk, telling approximately 100,000 retirees and 95,000 active duty family members that they will need to use the TRICARE network instead of the MTF without a sound plan to guarantee that there is adequate capacity to provide the same level of quality health care as they receive now. It is important to control costs and make the system more efficient, but the goal should not be to shift care for perceived savings without proper data and analysis,” Rep. Speier said.
“During a series of recent visits to military bases and medical facilities throughout the country, the top concern raised was access to health care, changes to the system, and how privatization can and did threaten worse outcomes and higher costs when done without care and consideration. As a Member of Congress who has spent her entire career fighting government waste, fraud, and abuse, I agree that we can and must always seek efficiencies with the goal of using those savings to address critical shortfalls and improve medical care for our servicemembers, families, and retirees. In this case, we need to be certain that the DoD is not jeopardizing our military health care system for the sake of other spending.”