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MOAA UPDATES ON THE 2016 NDAA May 20, 2016

MOAA UPDATES ON THE 2016 NDAA

May 20, 2016

* Two recent posts on the MOAA website provide important information on veteran benefits in the proposed 2016 NDAA.

- Featured Legislative Alert.

- Lt Gen Dana Atkins, MOAA President discusses the Association's take on the changes in a YouTube video

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Storming the Hill

April 13, 2016

Two principal issues that were addressed during MOAA's annual Storming the Hill dealt with TRICARE and SBP/DIC.

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Letters to Congress March 25, 2016

Letters to Congress

March 25, 2016

* Do the postcards and letters you submit to Congress from MOAA's Legislative Alerts on their website make a difference??

* Read the below, downloadable file on the MOAA web to learn more about the importance of everyone's participation in communicating with the Congress on matters regarding efforts to protect the earned entitlements of all military - active, retired, survivors and Guard and Reserve.

* Not already subscribed to MOAA's Legislative Alerts? Click here.

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MOAA - Your MOAA Letters Matter (pdf 336 Kb)

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Engage 4th Branch New Government and Veterans Resource to Contact Our NC Legislators

Engage 4th Branch

New Government and Veterans Resource to Contact Our NC Legislators

* Click here to open the NCCOC website to learn about the new resource and register.

- Thank you for your interest and participation in this new and valuable way to keep our state legislators up to speed with issues of concern to all military, active and retired.

^top   Contact   Legislative Issues   Permalink   Posted: 03/18/15

Town Hall Meeting...Rep. Jonathan Jordan and Challenger Ms. Sue Counts September 16, 2014
Town Hall Meeting...Rep. Jonathan Jordan and Challenger Ms. Sue Counts

Town Hall Meeting...Rep. Jonathan Jordan and Challenger Ms. Sue Counts

September 16, 2014

* The New River Chapter revived their highly successful interest in Ashe County politics by holding a Town Hall meeting, akin to the debate we sponsored in 2010.

* Pictured right are New River Chapter 1st VP Charles Knapp, Sue Counts, Moderator Ron Fitzwater and State Representative Jonathan Jordan.

* The meeting was held at the Ashe County Courthouse and was a huge success for informing the voters of Ashe County in advance of the forthcoming November election.

Link: Click here to read an article on the meeting posted in the Watauga Democrat...

^top   Contact   Legislative Issues   Permalink   Posted: 09/19/14


MOAA got it right!! July 10, 2014

MOAA got it right!!

July 10, 2014

*The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission report that was released on July 3, 2014 has confirmed what MOAA has reported all along... military personnel costs have remained steady at 30% of the defense budget for more than 30 years.

* Click on the below link to open MOAA's website and read the information from Col. Mike Hayden, USAF Ret., MOAA's Director of Government Relations who regularly testifies before the Congress on this issue.

* Thank you MOAA for keeping the pressure on the Congress and holding the line to protect unwarranted cuts to military pay and benefits.

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^top   Contact   Legislative Issues   Permalink   Posted: 07/12/14

North Carolina's Division of Veterans Affairs 50th Anniversary Commemoration

North Carolina's Division of Veterans Affairs

50th Anniversary Commemoration

* By authorization of the Governor, the Honorable Pat McCrory, the Director of the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs, Ilario G. Pantano has sent a letter dated February 28, 2014 to All Parties seeking to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

* At no cost, organizations like small businesses, county or city offices, Veteran services, schools, museums, libraries, nursing homes, and of course Posts or Chapters of the VFW, VVA, DAV and the American Legion, etc. can participate and receive the commemorative materials.

* The below downloadable file is the letter from Mr. Pantano.

* The below link is to the website that has all the information on how to become a Commemorative Partner.

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140228 - NCDVA Vietnam 50 Commemoration (pdf 313 Kb)

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Increase COLA Repeal is Just the Beginning MOAA President VADM Norb Ryan, USN-Ret.

Increase COLA Repeal is Just the Beginning

MOAA President VADM Norb Ryan, USN-Ret.

* The below link is a message posted on the MOAA website on February 20, 2014 that explains that efforts by the Association to repeal the COLA increase is just the beginning.

* Take steps now to work with MOAA and help prevent further cuts to military benefits for all service personnel.

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^top   Contact   Legislative Issues   Permalink   Posted: 02/20/14

Do Associations Matter? - Redux Follow-on Post Concerning Membership

Do Associations Matter? - Redux

Follow-on Post Concerning Membership

* The attached link opens a post on the MOAA website by Lt Col Shane Ostrom, USAF (Ret.) and Deputy Director, Transition Center for MOAA. It includes a summary of some of the benefits accrued for the military since 2001.

* As we embark on another year of program efforts in our own New River Chapter, lets do all we can to encourage other eligible persons to not only join us, but to help increase the One Powerful Voice® that is the imprimatur of MOAA.

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REPEAL OF THE COLA Does Membership in MOAA Matter??

REPEAL OF THE COLA

Does Membership in MOAA Matter??

* Following up on the below posting that discussed action underway to repeal the HUGELY unpopular proposal by the Congress to reduce annual COLA payments to military personnel under aged 62, the below link to an article from military.com verifies that such an action is imminent.

* In remarks on the webpage, "You guys have already won," Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.), ranking Republican, assured military association leaders who testified against the recent devaluation of military retirement as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act."

* Sen. Inhofe's reference was not only a testament to the unrelenting efforts on the part of MOAA to support military personnel, but it also reflects the pressure brought to bear on the Congress from the hundreds of thousands of e-mails sent in by MOAA members, and others, who subscribe to the weekly "Legislative Alerts" on the national website and enables sending communications to federal, state and local representatives to guarantee they understand the concerns of service personnel - active, retired, Guard and Reserve, former, and the surviving spouses of those for whom the Congress was getting ready to "break their promise!"

Thank you MOAA, and thank you everyone for answering the call to the Legislative Alerts on this issue.

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^top   Contact   Legislative Issues   Permalink   Posted: 02/04/14

Investing in North Carolina's Future - An Update

November, 2013

* This is an update on progress by the 4th Branch - the Federal Retiree Task Force of North Carolina - with the legislation in the North Carolina house for extending the Emory, Bailey, Patton settlement to all government employees.

* As you may know, the 4th Branch did an economic analysis of what the Federal, State, Local and Military retiree brings to the State of North Carolina. The results of that study showed that for every $1.00 the state gives us in tax benefits we give them $2.50 in return. The study shows that we are an asset and not a liability to North Carolina.

* Are you getting tax relief for your retirement pay?? If your retirement benefits are $1,000.00 a month you get an additional $70.00 a month or $840.00 a year in tax relief thanks to the Federal Retiree Task Force.

* Effective this year, retirees who do not have enough creditable service will NOT receive this benefit unless Bailey is extended by the NC Legislature.

* Contributions to provide additional funding to assist the committee working on getting “Bailey” through the North Carolina legislature can be mailed to:

Federal Retiree Task Force, 86 Pine Lake Drive, Whispering Pines NC 28327

Link: Click here to open the Documents link and read more!

^top   Contact   Legislative Issues   Permalink   Posted: 12/12/13

MOAA Annual Meeting - Recap

November 16-17, 2013

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New River Chapter Receives MOAA 5-Star Streamer November 16, 2013

New River Chapter Receives MOAA 5-Star Streamer

November 16, 2013

New River Chapter President, CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN-Ret., receives the 5-Star Streamer at the Annual Meeting Levels of Excellence dinner from GEN John H. Tilelli, Jr., MOAA Board Chair on Saturday night, November 16, 2013 at the Antlers Hilton, Colorado Springs, CO.

Follow the link below to open the Photo Gallery on the North Carolina Council website to view more pictures from the Annual Meeting.

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^top   Contact   Legislative Issues   Permalink   Posted: 11/20/13

HEALTH REFORM ARRIVES September 27, 2013

HEALTH REFORM ARRIVES

September 27, 2013

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On October 1, major provisions from the 2010 Affordable Care Act will go into effect.

Many MOAA members using TRICARE, TRICARE for Life (TFL) and Medicare, or VA health care are concerned by the launch of the new health insurance initiatives and want to know how they’re impacted.

It’s important to understand that TRICARE, Medicare, and VA health care are separate from the new health care marketplace (exchange). If you have TRICARE, TFL and Medicare, or VA health care you should not sign up for a marketplace plan. You should make the same decisions about your healthcare coverage that you make every year.

We answer some of your most frequently asked questions:

Q: I use TRICARE (Standard, Prime, Extra, etc.), TFL and Medicare, or VA health care. Will I need to use the healthcare exchanges?

A: No. The new health exchanges are intended to help people who do not have insurance. You already have qualified health insurance with TRICARE, TFL and Medicare, or VA health care. You should make the same decisions about your healthcare coverage that you make every year.

Q: If I have TRICARE or TFL and Medicare, VA health care do I need to worry about the new requirement to obtain health insurance and associated penalties??

A: No. Congress recognized that military and VA health care programs fulfill a special need, and that it would be inappropriate to wrap all health programs together so military and VA beneficiaries have the same coverage as all other Americans. At the urging of MOAA and other organizations, Congress passed the TRICARE Affirmation Act in 2010 that specifically exempted TRICARE and VA beneficiaries from the individual mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Q: Can I expect my TRICARE enrollment fee, premiums, deductibles or co-pays to go up because of this legislation?

A. No, there’s nothing in the legislation that would change any TRICARE fees.

That said the Pentagon has attempted to dramatically increase TRICARE fees for the past few years. We expect that to continue. MOAA will continue to fight disproportionate fee increases.

Q: I understand the Affordable Care Act cut Medicare funding by $500 billion. Will that cut payments to doctors and threaten TFL?

A. It’s true that health care reform reduces Medicare spending by about that much, but most of those changes are relatively less painful ones that probably won’t affect TRICARE or TFL beneficiaries much.

They include $118 billion from eliminating the extra subsidy to the Medicare Advantage HMO program (which was sold to Congress as a cost-saver, but actually costs 14% more per person than Standard Medicare), cutting about $150 billion from non-rural hospitals (which the hospital associations say they can handle because expanding insurance coverage to most Americans will mean they won’t have to eat the cost of serving the uninsured), and cutting back abuses in medical equipment These are things most of us would probably push to consider if it were our own money paying for them (which it actually is).

Q: Are you saying that the funding cut won’t affect Medicare beneficiaries at all?

A. No. But the implications are probably longer-term ones than shorter-term ones.

The real issue under national health reform is that the money from these Medicare savings will be used to fund expansion of health insurance coverage to those who don’t have it now instead of being used to pay for needed fixes to Medicare.

It’s hard to argue that reducing the number of uninsured would be a bad thing. But using the relatively “easy” Medicare savings initiatives to fund that means that when the baby boomers start swamping Medicare and Social Security in the next few years, Congress will be forced to look at more painful ways to fund that need.

Sequestration didn’t touch Medicare and Social Security, but it’s only a matter of time until reforms of these entitlements are considered.

Q: What if I have TFL and Medicare and someone tells me I need to get a new plan because of the new healthcare law?

A: This is not true. Dishonest people may try to take advantage of consumers by telling them they need to buy a plan when they don’t need one. In fact, it is against the law for someone to sell you a marketplace plan if they know you have TFL and Medicare. Don’t let someone sell you a marketplace plan by telling you it’s a Medicare Supplemental (“Medigap”) plan. Medigap plans are not sold through the marketplaces. Never give your Medicare number or Medicare card to someone you don’t know, such as an unsolicited caller or a salesman at your door. If you think something unsavory is going on, you can learn how to report suspected fraud at www.StopMedicareFraud.gov.

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^top   Contact   Legislative Issues   Permalink   Posted: 09/27/13

Sequestration Has Notched Another Casualty Blue Angels Schedule Officially Cancelled for the Rest of 2013

Sequestration Has Notched Another Casualty

Blue Angels Schedule Officially Cancelled for the Rest of 2013

* A memo from the Blue Angles Association received via e-mail shared the following:

* Subject: Blue Angels News Flash, It's Over for 2013

* Dear Members, the Boss wanted you to hear it from our BAA first.

* It will be announced tomorrow that the Blue Angels 2013 Season is over.

* They will be allowed 11 hours/month. Obviously, that is not enough to fly demonstrations. They plan to use the time to their best advantage by doing promotional events, renew relationships both at home and on the road, visit places and spend time where it can contribute the most.

* This is a sad day after over 66 years of Blue Angels Air Shows.

* In the world we live in, the U.S. Navy with the ability to provide freedom of the seas, demonstrate our resolve with a show of force without crossing a border, or reach out and touch someone if necessary is the best investment we have. The Blue Angels demonstrate the epitome of that power.

* The CNN YouTube video (below) also reports that the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds have also received a season ending budget ax.

^top   Contact   Legislative Issues   Permalink   Posted: 04/11/13