USFHP History

For more than 80 years, we’ve been proud to provide healthcare to northwest military families through US Family Health Plan.

Here’s our history:

1933—Marine Hospital opens on Beacon Hill in Seattle

This Art Deco style building was built to serve primarily merchant seamen. Over the years, the patient population grew. It soon included Coast Guard, NOAA and other uniformed personnel, among others.

1951—Marine Hospital becomes a US Public Health Service Hospital

Marine Hospital is designated as a US Public Health Service Hospital.

1981—Seven Public Health Hospitals become US Treatment Facilities

Congress passed the Omnibus Reconciliation Act. This act closed all but seven Public Health Service Hospitals. The hospital on Beacon Hill was in this group. These hospitals were designated as Uniform Services Treatment Facilities (USTFs). They continued to serve military beneficiaries under a special program. This program was called the Uniformed Services Treatment Plan. Locally, the ownership of the historic Beacon Hill hospital building was transferred to the Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority. PacMed was created to care for the military patients in outpatient clinics under this plan.

1982—Department of Defense (DoD) assumes responsibility

The DoD took over responsibility for the Uniformed Services Treatment Plan. It is no longer within the Department of Health and Human Services.

1987—Pacific Hospital and Preservation and Development Authority closes the hospital; the Plan contracts with community hospitals for inpatient care

Military beneficiaries continued to be seen at PacMed outpatient clinics under the Plan. The PacMed clinics also began contracting with private insurance companies. This enabled them to care for non-military members in the community.

1993—Uniformed Services Family Health Plan is born

The Uniformed Services Treatment Plan was renamed Uniformed Services Family Health Plan.

1997—Plan offers TRICARE® benefit

Congress renamed the seven sites providing the health plan. They are now known as “TRICARE Designated Providers.” They become a permanent part of the Military Health System.

In 1998, each of the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan providers begins to offer the TRICARE Prime benefit.

2001—Plan name shortened, and costs lowered

The name was shortened to US Family Health Plan. Copayments are eliminated for active duty dependents. Copays also are cut for members age 65 and over with Medicare Part B. This makes healthcare essentially free for these beneficiaries.

2012—Provider network grows

US Family Health Plan grew its provider network. It added other multi-specialty medical groups and can reach more patients, more easily.