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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 24th, 2017
Marie H. from Kennewick, WA signed.
May 24th, 2017
Matthew D. from East Lansing, MI signed.
May 24th, 2017
Someone from Holland, MI signed.
May 24th, 2017
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.
May 24th, 2017
Edgar G. from Oak Lawn, IL signed.
May 24th, 2017
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
May 24th, 2017
Barbara R. from Kingsford Heights, IN signed.
May 24th, 2017
Someone from West Jordan, UT signed.
May 24th, 2017
Chris C. from Windsor, MO signed.
May 24th, 2017
Patrick B. from Luverne, MN writes:
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Long overdue!
May 24th, 2017
LeSean D. from Harvey, LA signed.
May 24th, 2017
Rhiannon N. from Hopkins, SC writes:
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Allow bonuses for technicians as well!
May 24th, 2017
Jeremiah J. from New Orleans, LA signed.
May 24th, 2017
Someone from Villa Park, IL signed.
May 24th, 2017
Travis L. from Pearl River, LA signed.
May 24th, 2017
Travis L. from Pearl River, LA signed.
May 24th, 2017
Amber E. from Gretna, LA writes:
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They deserve tricare. They deploy just like everyone else and deserve all the benefits.
May 24th, 2017
Francisco L. from Rancho Cordova, CA signed.
May 24th, 2017
Maryah O. from Ward, AR signed.
May 24th, 2017
Jessica G. from Portland, MI signed.
May 24th, 2017
Joe F. from Broken Arrow, OK writes:
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Please support this!!
May 24th, 2017
Jason F. from Lehi, UT signed.
May 24th, 2017
Jason F. from Lehi, UT signed.
May 24th, 2017
Ryan H. from Slidell, LA signed.
May 24th, 2017
Rene P. from Colton, CA writes:
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Please make this a reality. Enough of the greed.
May 24th, 2017
Someone from Midvale, UT signed.
May 24th, 2017
Fred H. from Elmhurst, IL signed.
May 24th, 2017
Ray F. from Galt, CA signed.
May 24th, 2017
Someone from Herriman, UT writes:
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I've been with Blue Cross/Blue Shield since being hired as a federal technician 5 years ago. That means I've paid approximately $20,000 more than my counterpart. I hope somebody got good use out of it, Lord knows I could have.
May 24th, 2017
Austin M. from Midvale, UT writes:
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I agree that Guard/ Reservists should be able to use TRS even though they are eligible for FEHB.
May 24th, 2017
Ryan C. from Tucson, AZ writes:
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Guards/Reserve members should not be punished on health insurance just because they happen to be in the guard/reserve.
May 24th, 2017
Someone from Bossier City, LA writes:
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How bout get rid of these dumb programs & let us be able to use the federal medical like as on active duty. we are still paying for it every month out of our check but are only able to use these if on duty for those 2 days a month. so we get charged the same as on active duty but only allowed to be covered for 2 days a month. thats bull shit.
May 24th, 2017
Someone from Des Moines, IA signed.
May 24th, 2017
Someone from West Jordan, UT writes:
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Long over due
May 24th, 2017
Someone from Clearfield, UT signed.

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