From the Document: "The Department of Defense (DOD) administers a Military Health System [hyperlink] (MHS) that provides health care entitlements authorized in Title 10 of the U.S. Code (Chapters 55 [hyperlink] and 56 [hyperlink]) and organized under a program called TRICARE. The TRICARE program [hyperlink] offers health care benefits and services to approximately 9.6 million beneficiaries (servicemembers, military retirees, and family members) in DOD hospitals and clinics known as 'military treatment facilities' (MTFs) and through networks of participating civilian health care providers. The Defense Health Agency [hyperlink] (DHA) administers the TRICARE program and contracts with several managed care support organizations to deliver health care entitlements. In recent years, Congress has demonstrated sustained interest in the MHS by enacting TRICARE reforms [hyperlink] (see Section 705 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017; P.L. 114-328) to require increased access to care, improved health outcomes and health care quality, enhanced beneficiary experience, and lower per capita costs. Many of these reforms are, or are in the process of being, integrated into the TRICARE contracts. On April 15, 2021, DHA released a request for proposals [hyperlink] (RFP) for the 'next generation' of TRICARE contracts, called 'T-5', which incorporates congressionally mandated reforms. This Insight provides an overview of T-5, DHA's acquisition strategy, and the timeline for awarding these new contracts."
CRS Insight, IN11719
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