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Office of General Counsel

Defense Health Agency OGC legal professionals provide timely and accurate legal counsel to DHA clients that positively supports both the delivery of world class health care to Military Health System beneficiaries and the Agency’s combat support mission. We provide legal counsel to the DHA under the authority, direction, and control of DOD’s general counsel, who serves as the director, Defense Legal Services Agency.

Our DHA OGC legal professionals include:

  • Attorneys
  • Paralegals
  • Investigators
  • Administrative personnel
  • Claims experts
  • Other individuals

We provide legal counsel in a wide range of matters including:

  • Click to closeDirect CareDirect care refers to military hospitals and clinics, also known as “military treatment facilities” and “MTFs.”Direct care and legal support to military medical and dental treatment facilities
  • TRICARE and Click to closeprivate sector careNetwork and non-network TRICARE-authorized civilian health care professionals, pharmacies, and suppliers.private sector care
  • Labor and employment law
  • Congressional correspondence and strategic communications
  • Medical research and development
  • Combat support operations
  • General litigation
  • Public Health
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Ethics
  • Government contracting

We also manage the TRICARE Appeals and Hearings system.

DHA OGC branches report to the DHA general counsel through a principal deputy general counsel, two deputy general counsels, and branch chiefs. These include:

  • Management and Administration Branch
  • Direct Care Legal Support Branch
  • TRICARE Branch
  • Litigation Branch
  • Labor and Employment Law Branch
  • Ethics Branch
  • Medical Research and Development Branch
  • Contract Law/Information Technology/Headquarters/Program Management Support Branch
  • Contract Law/Military Medical Treatment Facility Support Branch
  • Fraud and Penalties Branch
Last Updated: June 21, 2024
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