Starke, Fla. -- Military retirees on the First Coat may be impacted by changes in Tricare benefits that kick in later this year.
Mitchell Hullum, 50, is concerned about the changes that may result in him losing what is called Tricare Prime coverage.
"What bothers me the most these are our retired veterans," said Hullum who makes the hour drive to Jacksonville to get care at Naval Hospital Jacksonville.
A spokesperson for Tricare told First Coast News, "In general, Tricare Beneficiciaries living more than 40 miles from a military installation or BRAC site may be impacted."
Chief Austin Camacho also noted that no activity duty members or their families will lose access to Tricare Prime.
"Those affected who are within 100 miles of the remaining Prime Service Area will be able to re-enroll in Prime if they waive our normal drive time standards," said Camacho
Hullum says if Tricare Prime is no longer an option for him and his family his medical costs will go up significantly.
"I could easily expect to be spending $200-500 a month in medical," said Hullum who noted a big difference between Tricare Prime and Tricare Standard.
Tricare in a statement said all affected beneficiaries will be notified by mail.
First Coast News