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Support Senate Defense Bill Ammendments

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Several Senators have indicated that they plan to introduce important amendments on the military pay raise, concurrent receipt, SBP, TRICARE Prime, and more to the National Defense Authorization Act.
Please use the MOAA-suggested message below to urge your senators to support these critical amendments.

Suggested Message:
Several critical amendments to the Senate defense authorization bill have been introduced for consideration. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to cut debate short after only considering a handful of amendments.
I'm asking you to lend your support to the following amendments and ask Sen. Reid to bring these to the floor for a vote:
- Sens. Marco Rubio and Jon Tester's amendment (#2190) to sustain the 1.8 percent active duty pay raise established in law
- Sen. Bill Nelson's amendment (#2202) to end the unfair offset of VA Dependency Indemnity Compensation from DoD Survivor Benefit Annuities
- Sen. Harry Reid's amendment (#2215) to expand the concurrent receipt of military retired pay and VA disability pay to all disabled retirees
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar's amendment (#2209) to grant TRICARE beneficiaries affected by the reduction in TRICARE Prime Service Areas a one-time option to remain in TRICARE Prime
- Sen. Patty Murray's amendment (#2265) would make Applied Behavior Analysis therapy a covered TRICARE benefit for all active and retired uniformed servicemembers
Please do everything you can to ensure these important amendments are included in the FY 2014 defense authorization bill.

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Stop the 24% Medicare-TRICARE Cut

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Unless Congress changes current law, Medicare and TRICARE will have to cut payments to doctors by 24.4% as of January 2014.
This huge cut would deter many doctors from continuing to see Medicare and TRICARE patients.
Use the MOAA-suggested message below to urge your legislators to reverse this draconian cut and protect beneficiary health care access.

Suggested Message:
I am writing to urge you to ensure Congress acts in time to stop the 24.4% cut in Medicare and military TRICARE payments to doctors now scheduled to take effect in January 2014.
Such draconian cuts would cause large numbers of doctors to stop taking Medicare and military patients. Beneficiaries should not have to fear for their vital health coverage at the end of every year because of Congressional inaction.
Please do everything in your power to stop the 24.4% cut and change the statutory payment formula to avoid these ever-larger annual cuts.

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Ask Congress to End Sequestration Now

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Ask Congress To End Sequestration Now
Unless current law is changed DoD will be forced to cut an additional $52 billion in FY2014 and roughly $500 billion over a ten year period. Ask your elected officials to set aside partisan politics and repeal sequestration now.

Suggested Message:
Unless Congress acts to repeal sequestration and replace it with an alternative debt reduction deal, another, even more devastating round of defense cuts will be required.
DoD will likely resort to drastic cuts to cope with sequestration if it isn't repealed, including:
- Acceleration of force drawdowns
- Further reductions in flying hours and training drills and a 10% reduction in operations/maintenance accounts
- 15-20% cuts in modernization accounts
- Involuntary reductions-in-force to reduce civilian personnel costs and hiring freezes
- Halting all accessions, promotions, permanent change of station moves & discretionary bonuses
Cutting an additional $52 billion from the defense budget for the next fiscal year would be a disaster as we continue to send our service men and women into harm's way in Afghanistan, and face potential threats from elsewhere.
While debt reduction is a national priority, such a disproportional share of this burden must not be foisted on the backs of military families who already have sacrificed more for their country than any other segment of Americans.
Please put partisan politics aside and develop an alternative debt reduction package that fairly balances required sacrifices and avoids disproportional penalties for servicemembers, retirees, and their families.

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The Facts on Military Personnel/Health Care Costs

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Ensure Congress protects the military's unique compensation and health care package.

Suggested Message:
I am writing to urge you to be skeptical of claims that military personnel and health care costs are "rising out of control." In fact, they're still a third of the defense budget - the same as they've been for decades. And projected force cuts will reduce them further.
The unique military compensation and health care package is the core incentive to offset the unique and extraordinary demands and sacrifices of a multi-decade career in uniform.
Please ensure Congress doesn't retroactively devalue the very steep premiums of sacrifice current and retired servicemembers and their families prepaid to earn it.

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Published On - 8/29/17
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