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Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) reintroduced the National Guardsmen and Reservists Parity for Patriots Act as H. R. 20 8, which would fix the inequities created by the early retirement provision in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
CAPITOL HILL CONNECTION hopefully add clout to his bill. A com- Gray-area buy-in was originally sug- panion bill should be introduced by gested by ROA in 2005. A group of Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R–Ga.) in the Military Coalition associations worked Senate. with Rep. Latta’s office to develop the The new House bill was reintro- legislation. Even before passage, costs duced on the first day of the 111th to gray-area retirees have decreased, fol- Congress and has 25 co-sponsors, but lowing premium reductions that were the original bill ended the 110th session instituted by Department of Defense’s D.C. Listening Post House Makes Another Try with 83 co-sponsors. Rep. Wilson’s of- Health Affairs on Jan. 1, 2009. Monthly At Fixing Early Retirement fice worked in collaboration with ROA TRS premiums dropped for individuals Rep. Joe Wilson (R–S.C.) reintro- to develop the original bill. ROA mem- from $81 to $47.51; family coverage fell duced the National Guardsmen and bers need to get their elected officials from $253 to $180.17. This adjustment Reservists Parity for Patriots Act as to sign up to support this badly needed would mean that a gray-area retiree H.R.208, which would fix the ineq- bill. family would pay about $644 a month uities created by the early retirement when legislation is finally passed. provision in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 New Gray Area Tricare Bill National Defense Authorization Act Gets a Swift Start SCRA Now Covers (NDAA). This new legislation would Last year, a piece of good legislation Cell Phone Contracts require retroactive eligibility to include was introduced too late. No longer a Following recent congressional up to 600,000 Guard and Reserve mem- freshman, Rep. Bob Latta (R–Ohio) amendments, the Servicemembers bers who have supported contingency has learned from his mistake and has al- Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides help operations since Sept. 11, 2001. ready introduced the Tricare Continu- with certain cell-phone contracts. This “Our National Guard and Reserve ity of Coverage for National Guard and was included in the Veterans Benefit tro
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