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Defense Department health plan Tricare drops 15,000 pharmacies from network

The move upset customers and many independent pharmacies and has raised concerns among some advocates and lawmakers who feel it disproportionally affects rural veterans.

Doris Spatz takes a once-a-day pill, Kisqali, to keep her metastatic breast cancer in check. As a patient in the Defense Department health system, she can fill routine prescriptions at a military pharmacy without a copay, but also has the option of using a regular pharmacy through Tricare, the Defense Department’s private care health program.


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