Equal Health Benefits for Federal Employees who Serve in the National Guard and Reserves

I urge you to co-sponsor S. 1086 - introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and H.R. 5121 - introduced by Representative Trent Kelly (R-MS). These bills seek to remove the prohibition on eligibility for TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) for members of the Guard and Reserve (Reservists) who are also eligible to enroll in the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Plan. TRS provides Reservists access to quality, low-cost, health insurance. However, since Federal Employees Reservists are eligible for FEHB, they are prohibited from purchasing TRS, even though they are subject to all of the requirements of being a Reservist, including combat deployments.

From an individual-perspective, TRS is a much more affordable program. The average FEHB monthly employee premium for family coverage in 2018 for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Standard plan (the most popular FEHB plan since 1990) is $590.00 per month compared to $222.00 per month for TRS. This means that on average a Federal Employee Reservist is ‘penalized’ nearly $4,500 more per year for health coverage than their part-time counterparts.

It's important to note that these bills do not shift all Federal Employee Reservists to TRS. Rather, it allows them the option of purchasing TRS coverage in addition to FEHB. This is a benefit they would otherwise have available to them as part of their Reserve commitment were it not for legal technicalities. For these reasons, I urge you to co-sponsor Sen. Hatch's bill, S. 1086 or Rep. Kelly's bill, H.R. 5121. Thank you for your attention and support to this very important matter.

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Public Comments (365)
Jun 27th, 2018
William C. from Moorhead, MN writes:
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Its pretty discouraging to be denied more affordable healthcare just because I made the decision to work at my base full time instead of one weekend a month. Friends of mine who work at small businesses have better health care for more affordable rates than my family does. This is common sense legislation that can and should be acted upon now!
May 31st, 2018
Someone from Fargo, ND writes:
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I've seen My Premiums Rise and My Co-Pays Rise with MY BC&BS PLAN year after year since the UN-AFFORDABLE Care Act was passed. Enough is Enough.
May 29th, 2018
Christina J. from Grand Forks, ND signed.
May 9th, 2018
Someone from Denver, IN signed.
May 4th, 2018
Someone from Maryville, TN writes:
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My husband was in the Air National Guards for 35 years. I can’t afford the other insurance as I am now a widow.
May 4th, 2018
Marc S. from Orange City, FL signed.
May 2nd, 2018
S.Cosmo A. from Woodland, CA signed.
May 2nd, 2018
S.Cosmo A. from Woodland, CA signed.
Apr 30th, 2018
Gerald S. from Bristol, CT writes:
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I have not heard one thing about the new co-pays for nTricare for life Some of my Meds have gone from $26 to $ 56 Dollars when did this happen. Congress let this happen!
Apr 30th, 2018
Gerald S. from Bristol, CT writes:
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I have not heard one thing about the new co-pays for nTricare for life Some of my Meds have gone from $26 to $ 56 Dollars when did this happen. Congress let this happen!

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