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

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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.
Public Comments
7 hours ago
Someone from El Paso, TX writes:
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It is had to witness what is going in National guide and Reserve service men and their family health insurance. You can call them when you need them but why can't they care about their wellbeing. We need health care coverage for them now!
Apr 17th, 2018
Billie P. from Fort Riley, KS writes:
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My husband was a DOD technician. I understand how important medical is to a family . I believe DOD technicians deserve this. I vote, yes !! If you wear ACU’s everyday, you deserve tricare medical coverage for you & your family.
Apr 16th, 2018
sebastian m. from Indianapolis, IN signed.
Apr 10th, 2018
Edgar G. from Oak Lawn, IL signed.
Apr 10th, 2018
Someone from MANDEVILLE, LA writes:
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Make sure to check out LIUNA Local 1776, the one's who have been pushing this for over 10 years! www.local1776.org FACT: A Fed Employee’s eligibility for FEHB prevents them from taking advantage of the more affordable TRS health insurance. CONCERN: Lack of access to TRS financially penalizes Fed Employee Reservists and their families upwards of $4500 per year. PROPOSAL: Allow Fed Employees access to the more affordable TRS in addition to FEHB.
Apr 10th, 2018
Jacob T. from Skowhegan, ME signed.
Jan 16th, 2018
Joseph F. from Tuscola, TX signed.
Sep 4th, 2017
Someone from Eastover, SC signed.
Jul 12th, 2017
Belinda C. from Orange Park, FL signed.
Jun 30th, 2017
Yolonde A. from Columbia, SC signed.
Jun 30th, 2017
Burton S. from Boonville, NY signed.
Jun 29th, 2017
Michael R. from West Leyden, NY signed.
Jun 19th, 2017
Someone from New Braunfels, TX writes:
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This needs to happen.
Jun 12th, 2017
Terry A. from Swansea, SC writes:
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This is long over due. The National Guard and Reserve's contribution to our country's security needs to finally be recognized. We all sacrifice to perform our duty.
Jun 7th, 2017
Someone from Sherwood, AR writes:
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Its' about time we make this a reality.
Jun 6th, 2017
Charles V. from Columbia, SC signed.
Jun 6th, 2017
Someone from Eastover, SC writes:
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I feel that allowing duel status federal techs tricare is an essential benifet that needs to happen. I only feel that it is not allowed as an agreement between the government and insurance companies.
Jun 3rd, 2017
Stephanie P. from Greeley, CO signed.
Jun 2nd, 2017
Someone from Myerstown, PA writes:
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Thank you for considering this bill.
Jun 2nd, 2017
Raymond G. from Hanahan, SC signed.
Jun 2nd, 2017
kyle r. from Summerville, SC signed.
Jun 2nd, 2017
Someone from Charleston, SC writes:
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Passing this bill would be awesome for technicians that are also soldiers!!
Jun 2nd, 2017
Mario R. from Summerville, SC writes:
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All options (TRS) should offered to all the service members in dual status.
Jun 2nd, 2017
Tieysha M. from Orangeburg, SC writes:
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Every Service Member should qualify
Jun 2nd, 2017
Richard G R. from Summerville, SC writes:
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Please support this bill. Thanks
Jun 2nd, 2017
Someone from Gaston, SC writes:
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No member of the National Guard should be denied the option of TRS. I feel it is a form of discrimination.
Jun 2nd, 2017
Jimmy W. from Lexington, SC writes:
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It would be great to be offered the TRS like my fellow Guard and Reserve members.
Jun 2nd, 2017
Amber A. from Columbia, SC signed.
Jun 1st, 2017
Someone from Irmo, SC writes:
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Please consider the positive impact this would have on those serving in these positions as well as the families of those individuals
Jun 1st, 2017
Someone from Tallassee, AL writes:
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I don't see why it's not been fixed ,this is backwards and wrong . Let us have an option for coverage
Jun 1st, 2017
Travis R. from Hopkins, SC writes:
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The Prohibition on eligibility for TRICARE Reserve Select for members of the Guard and Reserve is a disrespect to any who have served their country. To be told you cannot use a benefit you have earned is Ludacris and should have been noticed by senators years ago.
Jun 1st, 2017
Frank C. from Columbia, SC writes:
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I have only been a federal employee reservist for a about a year, but having an option for tricare would be very benefitial. I dont go to the doctor much, but to still have decent coverage I have to pay 4 times as much as my fellow guards man, just in case something comes up. It would be great to have this as an option since we are required to serve in the guard to maintain our technician job.
Jun 1st, 2017
Lindsey Y. from Irmo, SC signed.
May 31st, 2017
Someone from Hampton, SC writes:
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It will be nice to have
May 31st, 2017
Richard H. from Pineville, LA writes:
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I am a federal military tech. Tricare should be availible to all NG and Reservist no matter what health benifits we have access to. It would save me about three hundred dollars a month. Please support this bill.
May 31st, 2017
Someone from Hanover, MD signed.
May 31st, 2017
Vernon C. from Mc Cormick, SC signed.
May 31st, 2017
Dianne M. from Highland Park, NJ signed.
May 31st, 2017
Someone from New Orleans, LA writes:
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Please pass this legislation!!! I'm paying so much more money in health insurance since I became a Fed Tech and nothing else has changed in my status as a Guardsmen. This is a wildly unfair practice.
May 30th, 2017
Someone from Anniston, AL writes:
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Please pass this legislation as it is time to stop discriminating against Federal Employee Reservists and allow them the same TRS eligibility as other part-time Guard and Reserve personnel.

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