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  1. Capitol Hill Happenings We’ve Been Busy!

  2. Legislative Accomplishments 110th Congress (January 2007 – October 2008) • 2ND SESSION (2008): Military pay raise of 3.9%, 0.5% over what the President askedCivilian pay raise tied to military • New Post-9/11 GI Bill with better financial benefits Tuition assistance for spouses for portable career schoolingIncreased full time support positionsRecalculation & lowering (29-42%) of TRS premiums No TRICARE fee or pharmacy increases (3rd year in a row)

  3. Legislative Accomplishments 110th Congress (January 2007 – October 2008) • MORE OF 2ND SESSION: • Copayment waiver for preventive health services for under 65Expanded medical & dental readiness Health risk management demonstration projectSmoking cessation programs -- Rx at no cost and 24 hr quit linePresumption of service connection for retirement eligibility Increased Medicare/TRICARE provider payment rates 10.5%Began $500 per month payments for stop lossed soldiers

  4. Capitol Hill Happenings We Have New Friends On the Hill!

  5. New Faces on the Hill: • 54 New Representatives (12 with military service) • 2 New Delegates • 9 New Senators (Minnesota Race still undecided) • 4 Senators to be replaced due to appointments • New Spaces on the Hill: • Reapportionment due to population moving • Gaining House Seats: • TX (+3); AZ, FL, GA, NV, UT (+1) • Losing House Seats: • IA, LA, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA (-1)

  6. Capitol Hill Happenings We’ve Got Work To Do!

  7. Legislative Initiatives 111th Congress (beginning January 2009) Retroactivity of the early retirement provisions of the 2008 NDAA TRICARE access beginning at alert order and not 90 days prior to mob  Gray area retirees purchase TRICARE standard at full premium rate Authorize transferability of Montgomery GI Bill benefits to spouseRestore value MGIB to historic 47-50% of active duty level

  8. Legislative Initiatives 111th Congress (beginning January 2009) Expand travel allowances for those traveling IDT, including tax deductibility of expenses above the line Elimination of BAH-II Pilot program for certification for caregiver personal care attendants  Issuing a DD Form 214 for any length of active duty Military technicians treated as an exempted class of employee (retire at 25 years service, or age 50 + 20 years svc)

  9. Legislative Initiatives 111th Congress (beginning January 2009) Allow AGRs to receive bonuses in any combat zone Surviving spouses of military members to travel space a Expand tax deductibility, decreasing distance requirement to 50 miles  Amend definition of “veteran” for gray area NG - Res retirees

  10. We Need Your Help! Call, write, email, fax, talk…

  11. Respond to the CALL (Legislative Alerts) on our website: www.eangus.org under the Legislative, The Call Tab Sign up for our Minuteman Updates on our website: www.eangus.org under the Legislative Tab