Capitol Hill Happenings We’ve Been Busy!
Legislative Accomplishments 110th Congress (January 2007 – October 2008) • 2ND SESSION (2008): Military pay raise of 3.9%, 0.5% over what the President askedCivilian pay raise tied to military • New Post-9/11 GI Bill with better financial benefits Tuition assistance for spouses for portable career schoolingIncreased full time support positionsRecalculation & lowering (29-42%) of TRS premiums No TRICARE fee or pharmacy increases (3rd year in a row)
Legislative Accomplishments 110th Congress (January 2007 – October 2008) • MORE OF 2ND SESSION: • Copayment waiver for preventive health services for under 65Expanded medical & dental readiness Health risk management demonstration projectSmoking cessation programs -- Rx at no cost and 24 hr quit linePresumption of service connection for retirement eligibility Increased Medicare/TRICARE provider payment rates 10.5%Began $500 per month payments for stop lossed soldiers
Capitol Hill Happenings We Have New Friends On the Hill!
New Faces on the Hill: • 54 New Representatives (12 with military service) • 2 New Delegates • 9 New Senators (Minnesota Race still undecided) • 4 Senators to be replaced due to appointments • New Spaces on the Hill: • Reapportionment due to population moving • Gaining House Seats: • TX (+3); AZ, FL, GA, NV, UT (+1) • Losing House Seats: • IA, LA, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA (-1)
Capitol Hill Happenings We’ve Got Work To Do!
Legislative Initiatives 111th Congress (beginning January 2009) Retroactivity of the early retirement provisions of the 2008 NDAA TRICARE access beginning at alert order and not 90 days prior to mob Gray area retirees purchase TRICARE standard at full premium rate Authorize transferability of Montgomery GI Bill benefits to spouseRestore value MGIB to historic 47-50% of active duty level
Legislative Initiatives 111th Congress (beginning January 2009) Expand travel allowances for those traveling IDT, including tax deductibility of expenses above the line Elimination of BAH-II Pilot program for certification for caregiver personal care attendants Issuing a DD Form 214 for any length of active duty Military technicians treated as an exempted class of employee (retire at 25 years service, or age 50 + 20 years svc)
Legislative Initiatives 111th Congress (beginning January 2009) Allow AGRs to receive bonuses in any combat zone Surviving spouses of military members to travel space a Expand tax deductibility, decreasing distance requirement to 50 miles Amend definition of “veteran” for gray area NG - Res retirees
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