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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.
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Someone from Mount Laurel, NJ writes:
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A decision to serve they US beyond our guard commitment shouldn't strip us of a benefit we have worked hard for and earned.
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Nick L. from Laurens, SC writes:
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Yes we should be eligible for TRS,, SINCE WE ARE CIVILIAN MDAY....
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Agreed, the restrictions on the Military Technician when compared to being employed in the private sector is not fair. I read the proposed bill and the current 10 USC 1076d and there are no extras loaded in this bill. It simply corrects a wrong. I would even support a version that stated "(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply to a member who is enrolled in a health benefits plan under chapter 89 of title 5."
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THAT NOT FAIR
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James W. from Richland, MI writes:
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Please pass this bill!
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Carrie W. from Richmond, MI writes:
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These reservists have filled many overseas roles as well as protecting our homeland, why would we NOT provide them the same benefits as all the other members of the military?? They are instead being penalized for serving their country?? These guys are Active at the drop of a hat, we should protect them just the same as they protect us!!!

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