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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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May 24th, 2017
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Brian D. from Alger, MI signed.
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Brian D. from Alger, MI signed.
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May 24th, 2017
Desmer W. from Twin Lake, MI writes:
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I'm a Dual-Status Title 32 "Military" Technician. This means my job as a Federal Technician requires continued military service to remain employed. I have deployed on 3 separate tours and service for a total of 15 years as of next month. Normally I would qualify for the Tricare Reserve Select program because of my military service. Yet, because I am a Federal Technician and eligible for the interior Federal Employees Health Benefits FEHB, I should legally barred from Tricare eligibility unless on active duty orders lasting 90 consecutive days or longer. All we want is the same access to benefits that we have earned instead of being discriminated against because of our civilian employment. Any other reserve soldier with civilian employment is able to choose their preferred health care program. Why can't we? It is discrimination, pure and simple. It is also very poor for trying to maintain a skilled reserve force if the most skilled members are seeking new employment and leaving the military because they can't get the benefits they earned.
May 24th, 2017
Parker T. from Three Forks, MT signed.
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Mike L. from Orem, UT signed.
May 24th, 2017
Richard W. from Park Ridge, IL signed.
May 24th, 2017
Linden A. from Chicago, IL writes:
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This is so important in my decision to continue to serve.
May 24th, 2017
Someone from Ames, IA signed.
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Scott C. from Vilonia, AR signed.
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Nick P. from Little Rock, AR signed.
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Someone from Salt Lake City, UT signed.
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Johns J. from North Little Rock, AR signed.
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Paul S. from Ooltewah, TN signed.
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Someone from Sherwood, AR signed.
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Someone from Jackson, NJ signed.
May 24th, 2017
Allen C. from Falling Waters, WV writes:
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Please pass this bill. You don't know how much this would mean to me and my family.
May 24th, 2017
Justin B. from Mesa, AZ signed.
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Christopher P. from Pine Bluff, AR signed.
May 24th, 2017
Richard M. from Albion, MI writes:
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How about adding Gray area (retired but not receiving retirement pay) Reservists and National Guard to this bill.
May 24th, 2017
Billie Jo M. from New Rockford, ND writes:
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This country needs to ALL it can for it's Veterans!!! A sacrifice that is UNPAYABLE!
May 24th, 2017
Matthew H. from Uniontown, OH writes:
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Signed. It is ludicrous Soldiers who are dual status can't get Tri-care select reserve like the other Soldiers.
May 24th, 2017
Someone from Malvern, AR signed.
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David R. from Holland, MI signed.
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Michael M. from Ogden, UT signed.
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Mivhael M. from Ogden, UT signed.
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Marie H. from Kennewick, WA signed.
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Matthew D. from East Lansing, MI signed.
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Someone from Holland, MI signed.
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Oksanna H. from Ogden, UT signed.
May 24th, 2017
Levi B. from Santaquin, UT writes:
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The "penalty" in cost mentioned above does not include increased co-pays and deductibles of FEHB compared to TRS. This savings if extended to National Guard and Reservist would, in my opinion, would assist in retention of those individuals as some leave or are discouraged to join the federal work force so they can be able to afford healthcare for their families.
May 24th, 2017
Wayne T. from South Jordan, UT signed.
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Edgar G. from Oak Lawn, IL signed.
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Meghan D. from Ankeny, IA signed.
May 24th, 2017
Hayley B. from Sandy, UT writes:
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This bill should pass. There should be no difference in the option for health care. Technicians earn the right for the same health care options as their fellow guardsman and guardswomen.
May 24th, 2017
Mauricio R. from Fontana, CA signed.
May 24th, 2017
Someone from Clinton Township, MI writes:
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It's about time

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