Tuesday, August 22, 2006

TRICARE: Legislative Alert #06-16

The Issue: TRICARE action needed in the defense authorization conference

Action Required: Contact your Senators and urge them to solicit support from the Senate defense authorization conferees.

During the month of 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 regardless of duty status. 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.

Call or email your Senators and ask them to contact the following members of the Senate defense authorization conference: (These are all Senators:)
John Warner (Chairman), Carl Levin (Ranking Member), John McCain, Edward Kennedy, James Inhofe, Robert Byrd, Pat Roberts, Joseph Lieberman, Jeff Sessions, Jack Reed, Susan Collins, Daniel Akaka, John Ensign, Bill Nelson, James Talent, Ben Nelson, Saxby Chambliss, Mark Dayton, Lindsey Graham, Evan Bayh, Elizabeth Dole, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Cornyn, John Thune
By using the “Write to Congress” feature on the NGAUS Web site at www.ngaus.org, you can IMMEDIATELY e-mail your senator. A sample letter is included in our “Write to Congress” feature.

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 www.ngaus.org.

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

NGAUSand Health.
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