DOD is waiting for a formal request from the Department of Health and Human Services before starting construction at Goodfellow AFB, Texas, on temporary housing needed for thousands of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the nation’s southern border. The Pentagon recently satisfied legal and environmental requirements needed before construction could begin, reported Stars and Stripes. Federal officials, however, are still trying to complete legal requirements needed before housing for undocumented immigrant families can be created at Fort Bliss, Texas. … The 23rd Medical Group at Moody AFB, Ga., is reassigning about 1,560 retirees and their dependents to off-base TRICARE providers later this month as part of a change designed to align the military departments’ policies when they all fall under the Defense Health Agency for clinical operations. The change requires all Air Force military treatment facilities to reduce patient-to-provider ratios from 1,250-to-1 to 1,100-to-1, according to a press release. “With the new rules in place, we will only be able to care for 8,800 beneficiaries, or about 1,500 less,” said Col. Jay Vietas, the medical group’s commander.
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