4-26-2013

FRA Storms Capitol Hill

Members of FRA's National Board of Directors and other Association leaders brought the enlisted perspective to Capitol Hill this week as they visited their respective elected officials in Washington, D.C.   These shipmates shared the Association’s position on priority legislative issues with their respective senators and representatives, asking them to oppose the Administration’s call for drastically higher TRICARE Prime fees and pharmacy co-pays and new enrollment fees for TRICARE Standard and new TRICARE-for-Life (TFL) beneficiaries. They also asked that current TRICARE Prime beneficiaries that live outside TRICARE’s Prime Service Areas (PSA) be allowed to continue to have access to Prime coverage (grandfathered) until they re-locate or change their current primary care provider.Shipmates also askedthat Congress make adequate physician reimbursements (“doc fix”) for Medicare/TRICARE patients permanent. Furthermore, FRA leaders asked lawmakers to take action to reduce the disability claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and extend disability benefits to Blue Water veterans exposed to the Agent Orange herbicide while serving off the coast of Vietnam.

FRA thanks the more than 3,800 shipmates who supported our efforts with email messages sent through the FRA Action Center this week.