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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
May 28th, 2017
Someone from Edgewood, NM signed.
May 27th, 2017
Someone from Murfreesboro, TN writes:
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As a former Federal Technician and National Guardsman, I know how important this bill is to those who stand to benefit from it. The insurance that technicians are required to purchase costs more than twice what Tricare costs, yet they cannot legally purchase the cheaper option while their M-Day counterparts can. Please vote yes on this bill to support our Federal Employees in uniform!
May 27th, 2017
Someone from Florence, SC signed.
May 27th, 2017
Christopher L. from Roseville, CA signed.
May 27th, 2017
Jessica J. from Concord, GA signed.
May 27th, 2017
Hermes B. from San Mateo, CA signed.
May 27th, 2017
Sasha P. from Farmington, UT signed.
May 27th, 2017
Someone from Sumter, SC signed.
May 27th, 2017
Matthew B. from Anderson, SC writes:
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When uniformed service members who serve their country and state, regardless of the "status", they should have the best option for health care as their brothers and sister on the regular army side. To negate this option is a gross misjustice and can be fixed by congress doing what is morally and ethically correct. Please send the word or support this legislation so we can pave a way for the current and technicians of tomorrow. Your families deserve the very best since you give your very best! LIUNA Strong!
May 27th, 2017
Kevin S. from Elgin, SC writes:
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We should have equal health-care coverage across the board.
May 27th, 2017
William M. from Irmo, SC writes:
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All members of the military should have access to the same healthcate
May 27th, 2017
Someone from Blythewood, SC signed.
May 27th, 2017
David K. from Gaston, SC writes:
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This has been to long in coming for the people who are in the NG and Reserve!!!!
May 27th, 2017
Brian S. from Gaston, SC signed.
May 27th, 2017
Fredrick R. from Columbia, SC signed.
May 27th, 2017
Roger W. from Estill, SC writes:
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We should be able to choose what we feel is best for our families.
May 27th, 2017
Nathan Y. from Irmo, SC signed.
May 27th, 2017
Gary D. from Columbia, SC writes:
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We do just as much if not more than a regular Active Duty soldier does. Not only do we have our technician jobs, we also have to deal with the Army side of things. Not allowing us to have the same benefits that normal soldiers have makes zero sense. Give us all the benefits we deserve.
May 27th, 2017
David W. from Elgin, SC writes:
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This would help considerably, it's not fair that we should be made to have health care that is at such an inflated rate for a decent policy. I have BCBS because it is great insurance, but it's taking food out of my kids mouths.
May 27th, 2017
Troy B. from La Place, LA signed.
May 27th, 2017
Sean M. from Columbia, SC signed.
May 27th, 2017
Thomas M. from Columbia, SC signed.
May 27th, 2017
Sam M. from Cope, SC signed.
May 27th, 2017
LoEna M. from El Paso, TX signed.
May 27th, 2017
Emily V. from Alexandria, VA signed.
May 27th, 2017
Bob G. from Spartanburg, SC writes:
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Are they not patriots also? I urge you to correct this problem now.
May 26th, 2017
Theresa G. from Lexington, KY signed.
May 26th, 2017
Ambrose C. from Wheaton, IL writes:
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This would immensely help those of who served time and time again in the sandbox. Please help us.
May 26th, 2017
Ambrose C. from Wheaton, IL writes:
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This would immensely help those of who served time and time again in the sandbox. Please help us.
May 26th, 2017
Ashley H. from Green Cove Springs, FL signed.
May 26th, 2017
Christopher R. from Hampden, MA signed.
May 26th, 2017
Mack W. from Grand Blanc, MI signed.
May 26th, 2017
Someone from Fayetteville, AR writes:
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This must happen. It is a disservice to the men and women who are federal employees and also serve in the National Guard and Resrves.
May 26th, 2017
Someone from Morton, MS signed.
May 26th, 2017
Someone from Georgetown, TX writes:
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Hope this gets passed, so we can actually get the same incentives as non-dual status techs. Next thing should be getting us the right to get re-enlistment bonuses...
May 26th, 2017
Someone from New Gloucester, ME signed.
May 26th, 2017
Sarah M. from Montclair, CA signed.
May 26th, 2017
Sharon D. from Townsend, MT signed.
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Sharon D. from Townsend, MT signed.
May 26th, 2017
Sharon D. from Townsend, MT signed.

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