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GAO: Defense Department Can Remove ‘Duplicative’ Family Health Plan

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health infosecThe Government Accountability Office has called on the Defense Department to eliminate what GAO calls a “duplicative” military health system.

GAO found what it believes are redundant health benefits being offered under both the TRICARE Prime benefit and regional TRICARE managed care, the office said in a report released July 31.

Auditors also discovered US Family Health Plan overlaps in a number of areas such as benefits, geographic service areas and provider networks.

DoD incurred additional costs and suffered inefficiencies as a result of the duplication, GAO says.

GAO recommends the removal of duplicative programs in order for the DoD to prevent “unnecessary costs and inefficiencies” and save resources for other TRICARE program areas.

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