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Commissary Proposals in House Subcommittee NDAA Draft

Sweeping changes in the commissary system may be coming sooner than expected —including how groceries are priced — under draft legislation that would bypass the need for pilot programs. Commissaries would be allowed to increase their profit margin so officials can reduce the amount of taxpayer dollars used to operate stores.  The current-year budget for operating commissary stores worldwide is $1.4 billion.  …

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NAUS Legislative Director Rick Jones met with Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs

NAUS Legislative Director Rick Jones attended a meeting on April 26 with Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, with other MSO/VSO leadership. Dr. Woodson will discuss where the Military Health System has progressed over the past five and a half years while he served as the Assistant Secretary, where we are today with the establishment of the …

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Court Says VA Ignored 2010 Law

A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has ruled unanimously that the Department of Veterans Affairs ignored “plain language” of a 2010 statute meant to protect VA-enrolled veterans from out-of-pocket costs when forced to use non-VA emergency medical care. The panel ordered the Board of Veterans’ Appeals to vacate its decision to deny Air Force …

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New VA Inspector General Confirmed

Michael Missal has been confirmed by the Senate to be the new inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Missal has previously worked as a senior counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and has extensive experience with congressional and federal investigations. During his confirmation hearing in November, Missal promised to focus on issues of fraud and abuse …

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HASC Shortchanging Funding

The House Armed Services Committee’s version of the fiscal 2017 NDAA (HR 4909) would eliminate $18 billion from the Pentagon’s war proposal to make room for other spending priorities, including billions to buy new weapons and fund military personnel the Obama administration did not request.  The panel is essentially only authorizing funding for operations overseas for part of the year, …

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Proposed TRICARE Fees

NAUS is taking the position of “Trust but Verify” on the statement by Rep. Joe Heck above.  We are trusting his word that the proposed reforms will work for the improvement of TRICARE benefits and not just increase the fees that beneficiaries, especially retirees, pay. In the meantime, please be sure to send your Representative and Senators your view on …

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Proposed TRICARE Fees

Next week the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will be marking up their portion of the 2017 Budget.  Pay attention to what they recommend.  What they do could drastically affect you. In the meantime, please be sure to send your Representative and Senators your view on the Pentagon plan to raise TRICARE fees. In summary, the DoD proposal would require all …

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BRAC May Be Coming Back

John M. Donnelly, CQ Roll Call, reports that a new report from the Pentagon to Congress on Thursday says about a third of the infrastructure in the Air Force and Army is unneeded and a new round of Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC) may be necessary. In some categories — including Army testing labs and Air Force space operations buildings …

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DoD Orders Evacuation of Dependents from Turkey

The Defense Department ordered departure of about 700 family members of active-duty service members from southern Turkey, due to security concerns in the region. TRICARE is waiving the primary care manager (PCM) referral requirement for all evacuated beneficiaries.  This will help them get medical care while away from their homes and doctors.  The evacuated families will relocate to various locations …

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House and Senate Announce Fiscal 2017 NDAA Markup

2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Markup Schedule: Apr 18-22:     House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Subcommittees mark-up National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Apr 25-29:    HASC Full Committee mark-up of NDAA May 9-12:      Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) mark-up of NDAA May 16-20:   House Floor Consideration of NDAA May 23-27:   House Defense Appropriations Committee mark-up of Defense Appropriations …

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