NGAUS Supports Congressman Kelly’s Health Care for Our Troops Bill | Mississippi Politics and News

The National Guard Association has asked President Biden to support health services for our Troop Law.

Last month, Mississippi Congressman Trent Kelly (MS-01) and Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) introduced the Health Services Act to Our Troops. The Law on the Health Care of Our Forces (HR 3152) aims to increase access to affordable health care for members of the Guard and the Reserve who do not have private health insurance.

“The people who serve in the National Guard and the Reserve Forces are an important part of our military and play an increasingly important role in protecting us at home and abroad. Providing health care to all service members is a preparedness issue, and our guardsmen and reservists deserve access to preventive and routine health care, ”said Congresswoman Trent Kelly.

Retired Brig. Gen. J. Roy Robinson, president of the United States National Guard Association, wrote to President Joe Biden urging him to endorse the law. The President and First Lady Jill Biden are related to the Guard because their late son was a major in the Delaware Army National Guard.

“The problem is,” noted Robinson, “almost one in five Guardsmen has no private health insurance and is usually not eligible for government-provided coverage when mobilized on domestic missions.”

If the Health Care Act for Our Forces were passed, it would give members of the National Guard access to free health care through TRICARE, which provides medical and dental services. It would also help increase military readiness by ensuring access to needed physical equipment for unannounced missions, incentivizing small businesses to hire members of the Guard and Reserves, and eliminating legal wording that some military personnel also do Federal Employees are excluded from TRICARE eligibility.

“National Guard members continue to be deployed in large numbers, both domestically and internationally, to defend American security, and medical readiness is critical to rapid deployment,” Robinson wrote. “You are part of an operational force that Americans can rely on, always ready, always there. We would never discuss the need to provide full medical coverage to members of the active component – it is long time we saw the Guard and the Reserve in the same light. “

Legislation is endorsed by several other members of the House of Representatives, including Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., Co-chairs of the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus.

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