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DOD/DODOASHA RIN: 0720-AB67 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: TRICARE; Change of "Mental Retardation" to "Intellectual Disability"  

The Department of Defense is publishing a proposed rule to change "mental retardation” to "intellectual disability” throughout the entirety of 32 CFR part 199. On October 5, 2010, President Obama signed legislation requiring the federal government to replace the term "mental retardation” with "intellectual disability” in many areas of government. This measure, known as Rosa's Law, strips the terms "mental retardation” and "mentally retarded” from federal health, education, and labor policy. "Intellectual disability” or "individual with an intellectual disability” are being inserted in place of these outdated terms. The rights of individuals with disabilities remain the same. The reason for the change is to align all TRICARE materials with the rest of the federal agencies, and with the wider trend that considers any use of "retardation” or "retarded” (once part of standard medical terminology among health care and education professionals generally) as no longer appropriate.

Agency: Department of Defense(DOD)  Priority: Info./Admin./Other 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 32 CFR 199   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301    10 U.S.C. ch 55   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Ralph (Doug) McBroom
TRICARE and Policy Benefits Office, Defense Health Agency
Department of Defense
Office of Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs
Buckley Air Force Base, 18500 E. Sixth Avenue,
Aurora, CO 80011
Phone:303 676-3533