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AUSA Continues the Fight – ‘08 Legislative Priorities

  • Oppose Health Care Cost-Shifting from the government to military beneficiaries - NO new or increase in TRICARE Fees
  • Repeal in its entirety the SBP – DIC offset for survivors
  • Expand the concurrent receipt entitlement legislation to include all veterans that medically retired (disabled)
  • Enact legislation to allow military retirees to use pre-tax earnings to pay health insurance premiums.
  • Modernize the Reserve Component retirement system to reduce the age at which retired RC Soldiers begin to receive their pay and benefits from 60 to 55
  • Protect the full value of retiree and annuitant income and non-monetary benefits that are an integral part of military retirement (commissary, PX and etc)

AUSA Led the Way – Past Successes
  • Prevention of new co-pays and fees for under 65 TRICARE beneficiaries
  • Elimination of the SBP – Social Security offset
  • Approval of concurrent receipt
  • Waiver of the Medicare Part B penalties for military retirees(part of the Medicare legislation)
  • TRICARE for Life for over 65 retirees and the Pharmacy Benefit for all beneficiaries
  • Reduction of the Catastrophic cap from $7500 to $3000
  • Elimination of financial penalties for federally employed Retirees
  • Full funding of TRICARE/Pharmacy Programs for all beneficiaries