Saturday, November 26, 2011

FRA: URGENT! Take Action on Amendments on Senate Defense Bill

John R. Davis of the Fleet Reserve Association sent out this alert:

Take Action on Amendments to Senate NDAA

Senate consideration of the Senate version of the FY 2012 Defense Authorization bill (S. 1867) has begun and consideration of floor amendments are scheduled to occur next week. Please use the Action Center to ask your Senators to oppose Senator John McCain’s (Ariz.) amendment that would eliminate the percentage cap on future TRICARE Prime increases to the percentage increase in a retiree’s annual COLA increase. The McCain amendment would allow future TRICARE Prime increases to be based on a DoD index that would measure health care inflation.

Also ask your Senators to support several key FRA-supported amendments that include:

Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid’s (NV) two amendments to expand concurrent receipt for disabled retirees;

Senator Bill Nelson’s (Fla.) amendment to stop the deduction of VA death benefits (DIC) from SBP survivor benefits;

Senator Frank Lautenberg’s (N.J.) amendment that codifies into law that military retirees have at least in-part earned their TRICARE coverage with twenty or more years of arduous military service;

Senator Mark Pryor’s (Ark.) amendment that would authorize “veteran’s status” for service members who served twenty or more years in the Reserve Component;

Senator Carl Levin’s (Mich.) amendment to allow early retirement to reduce inequities during the expected reduction in end strength; and

Barbara Boxer’s amendment that urges DoD to provide service members with flexible spending accounts to pay out-of-pocket health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

Please use this Action Center to contact your Senators on these important amendments.

Many thanks to the ever vigilant and action oriented Fleet Reserve Association.


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  1. Anonymous14:36

    Looks like McCain pulled his bill to increase TRICARE costs at the very last minute,

  2. Anonymous14:36

    Looks like McCain pulled his bill to increase TRICARE costs at the very last minute,