HMAC Monthly Luncheon Recap – August 2007

Speaker and Meeting Recap:

Our speaker was LTC Marshall Bolyard, USA (Ret), the Executive Director of the US Family Health Plan for CHRISTUS Health. Mr. Bolyard directs a network of health care providers, which includes more than 100 primary care physicians, more than 400 specialists and four network hospitals in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. He spoke on the proposed increase in TRICARE costs and what efforts are being made to sustain the benefit; the VA’s HERO Project and other current issues regarding quality healthcare.

The US Family Health Plan (USFHP), a TRICARE Prime option, provides complete coverage to military retirees, eligible family members and eligible family members of active duty service men and women, including activated National Guard and Reserve families. US Family Health Plan has been a stable and proven TRICARE option for over 20 years. The Plan maintains a high level of patient loyalty and satisfaction based on a commitment to quality health care, access and customer service. USFHP is strong, stable and here to stay.

Upon retirement from active Army duty as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1989, Mr. Bolyard accepted employment with the Sisters of Charity, Houston Texas, as the Project Manager of the PRIMUS clinics at Ft. Hood Texas. In 1990, Mr. Bolyard was promoted to Corporate Manager of Government Programs and moved to corporate headquarters in Houston, with responsibility for oversight of government contracts. His responsibilities included significant advocacy work within Texas and at the National level. Mr. Bolyard attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he earned his Bachelor of Science in 1967 and a MHA from Baylor University. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army upon graduation from West Point and served for 22 years as an officer in the Army Medical Department.