Senate bill does not affect Tricare



However, a separate bill approved 402-0 by the House on Saturday says that Tricare meets the minimum requirements and no further insurance must be purchased.

U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., who is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, proposed the legislation despite his opposition to the health care bill approved Sunday night.

"We will at least know that we have protected those men and women who sacrifice their lives to protect us," Skelton said before the Saturday vote.

On Monday, Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., introduced a companion Senate bill, saying there has been too much confusion about the effect of health care changes on Tricare.

"This bill sets the record straight," Webb said in a written statement.


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