Skelton introduces bill protecting insurance of servicemembers, families
By: Press Office of U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton
Congressman Ike Skelton
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 19, 2010) — Today, Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) introduced H.R. 4887, a bill that would explicitly state in law that TRICARE and the Department of Defense nonappropriated fund (NAF) health plans are protected from any health reforms currently under consideration by Congress for individual health insurance.
“Our nation’s military provides us with first-class protection, and it is our obligation to provide them — and their families — with first-class health care in return. While some members of the Armed Services Committee disagree on overall health care reform, we are united in our bipartisan commitment to ensuring that any measure signed into law will not have any unintended consequences that adversely impact the military health care programs for our men and women in uniform and their families,” said Skelton.
TRICARE and the DOD nonappropriated fund (NAF) provide health coverage to members of the military and their families, military retirees and their families, and employees of U.S. military post/base exchanges and other nonappropriated fund activities.
Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) serves as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Skelton’s website is at www.house.gov/skelton.