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GAO Rejects Protests Against New TRICARE Contracts

Karen Jowers and Patricia Kime of Military Times Defense health officials are starting the transition to the new TRICARE contracts – deals they say will shorten some wait times and close coverage gaps, among other improvements – following the Government Accountability Office’s decision to deny a protest from a current contracted provider. Defense Health Agency officials expect the transition to be completed …

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Medicare Part B Increases

On October 18, 2016, the Social Security Administration announced that the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security benefits will be 0.3 percent for 2017.  Because of the low Social Security COLA, a statutory “hold harmless” provision designed to protect seniors, will largely prevent Part B premiums from increasing for about 70 percent of beneficiaries.  Among this group, the average 2017 …

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Senate Side Of The Capitol

NDAA Angling for Passage Before Christmas

“House and Senate negotiators putting the finishing touches on the new defense policy bill are ditching the controversial riders that could draw a presidential veto.  The final version of the National Defense Authorization Act will not include provisions dealing with the greater sage grouse or workplace protections based on sexual orientation, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.  “The provisions …

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“Cost-cutting proposals that squeeze men and women in uniform are unacceptable”

This week NAUS as a member of the Coalition to Save Our Benefits joined in a Press Release and letter to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), ranking members of the SASC, expressing our concerns about ongoing efforts to cut the commissary benefit. NAUS joins the Coalition in our …

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Holiday Season 2016: Military Shipping Deadlines

For mail addressed to/from:  APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092 Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 16 First-Class and Priority Mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec. 9 Parcel/Airlift Mail: Dec. 2 Space Available Mail: Nov. 25 Standard Post Mail: Nov. 7 APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093 Priority Express Mail Military Service: None First-Class and Priority Mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec.2 Parcel/Airlift Mail: Dec. 2 …

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Congress Working on CR to Last Through March

Lawmakers will work during the lame-duck session to pass another short-term spending measure to keep the government open through March 31, 2017.  House and Senate leadership have decided not to move ahead with any fiscal 2017 appropriations bills this year, instead opting to push through another continuing resolution at the current rate of funding for agencies.  The current Continuing Resolution …

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Air Force Enlisted Pilots

The Air Force made a bit of history last week: For the first time since it became a separate service in 1947, enlisted pilots strapped into cockpits and flew solo missions.  The two airmen in question flew the single-engine DA-20, a trainer aircraft based at Pueblo, Colorado last Thursday.  They’re among the first trainees in an Air Force program to …

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GAO report confirms early warnings: DoD must move carefully on commissary and exchange reforms

On November 10, 2016, the Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits released a statement concerning the recently released GAO report that affirms concerns about hasty changes to exchanges and commissaries voiced by military and veterans groups representing millions of commissary and exchange beneficiaries. Click Here to read the full press release.

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Coast Guard Advancing Plans for New Icebreakers

The U.S. Coast Guard is moving forward on its long-range plan to build new icebreakers, asking potential builders last week to weigh in on their plans and timeline. The request shows that the federal government is moving forward on icebreakers despite long-term questions about funding.  A single icebreaker is projected to cost about $1 billion. Alaska’s congressional delegation has been …

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Update on H.R. 4298, The Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Memorial Project from the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association Legacy Committee

Memorial Committee Update 10/10/2016 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association Legacy Committee The Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Memorial Project continues to make progress. The effort is midway through its third year since the project first began, a slow, tedious process not uncommon for the construction of Washington, DC area memorials. First discussed in May, 2014, the concept of placing a memorial …

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