REP. ROSEN HELPS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO EXPAND HEALTH CARE OPTIONS FOR DISABLED VETERANS
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) helped introduce the Fair Access to Insurance for Retired (FAIR) Heroes Act, bipartisan legislation that would provide disabled veterans, who are medically retired from the military, the ability to choose between TRICARE and Medicare Part B, whichever health plan works best for their families. This bill could potentially save many veterans up to $1,300 a year on their health care costs.
“I’m happy to work across the aisle to make health insurance more affordable and accessible for our nation’s veterans,” said Rosen. “By granting disabled veterans the choice between Medicare Part B and TRICARE, we are helping them to make the best health care decision for themselves based on the quality and cost of care. Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our country and deserve the very best care, and I will continue to support policies that achieve this goal. ”
BACKGROUND: Congresswoman Rosen is one of five original co-sponsors of the FAIR Heroes Act. Under the current system, many medically retired veterans (servicemembers forced into early retirement due to injury) lose access to low-cost TRICARE plans when their injuries limit their ability to work. If these veterans are unable to work, they receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments. If they receive SSDI for two years, they become eligible for Medicare Part B. Current law requires them to purchase Medicare when they become eligible. If they decline to enroll in Medicare, they lose access to TRICARE coverage. Medicare Part B premiums are nearly five times that of TRICARE plans and difficult for those on a fixed income to afford.
The FAIR Heroes Act would make disabled veterans eligible for both Medicare Part B and TRICARE, and allow them to choose which health plan works best for them.
The FAIR Heroes Act is supported by many prominent veteran and military family organizations, such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Air Force Association, Association of the United States Army, Association of the United States Navy, AMVETS, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Military Officers Association of America, the National Military Family Association, Service Women’s Action Network, and Vietnam Veterans of America.
View full text of the legislation here.