Wednesday, July 12, 2006

NGAUS Newsletter: Affordable Health Care

This is an e-mail I've received, and I want to share it with you. Have a great day.

July 10, 2006

The Issue: Affordable TRICARE access for all members of National Guard.

Immediate Action Required: Contact your senators and urge them to support the House-sponsored TRICARE language during the FY07 defense authorization conference.

During the months of July and August, the Senate and House defense authorization conferees will meet to discuss the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (NDAA FY07). One issue to be discussed during the conference is TRICARE for the National Guard and Reserve. The House bill contains the TRICARE we need and deserve; TRICARE access to all members of the National Guard at a premium cost-share of 28 percent. The Department of Defense will pay 72 percent of the premium. This is the result we have been seeking for the last six years!

It is critical the Senate conferees accept this language as part of the final conference report. The Senate version of NDAA FY07makes only minor adjustments to the Tier 2 and 3 categories passed last year.

This is our last opportunity this year to ensure that TRICARE access for all at the same cost-share is a permanent part of the conference report. We need your help now! Should the Senate recede to the House position and TRICARE access for all remains as part of the final conference report, we should finally reach our goal.


By using the “Write to Congress” feature on the NGAUS Web site at, you can IMMEDIATELY e-mail your senator. A sample letter is included in our “Write to Congress” feature.You can e-mail the pre-written message or edit the sample letter as you desire. This is the quickest and most effective method of expressing your views to your senators.Also, contact your friends and family and urge them to "Write to Congress" as well.

For more in-depth information and background visit our web site at

Please direct any questions concerning this issue to Scott Hommel, NGAUS Deputy Legislative Director at 202-454-5307 or via email:

Category: Health.

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