NERA News

NERA’s mission is to promote and maintain national security by ensuring a strong and well-trained Naval, Coast Guard and Marine Corps Reserve. NERA is a founding member of The Military Coalition (TMC). By partnering with 31 military, veterans and uniformed services organizations, NERA is able to promote sea service reservists benefits by aligning with the grassroots support of more than 5.5 million TMC members and their families.

 

Note: Federal Benefits Open Season is November 12, 2018 through December 10, 2018.  FEDVIP offers ten different dental plans and four different vision plans. Visit visit TRICARE.benefeds.com.

Legislative Updates


NERA follows numerous legislative proposals in Congress that concern our members. Here are the highlights of the current legislative initiatives NERA is tracking:


FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

FY 2019 NDAA: The most pressing legislative issue at the time of this writing is the FY 2019:

  • National Defense Authorization Act. Both the House and Senate have passed versions of this act with several differences between the two. A joint conference committee is awaiting convening to resolve these differences.
  • The main difference is a Senate provision that establishes a single co-pay TRICARE structure by combining cost-sharing under TRICARE Select and TRICARE Prime. NERA is opposed to this because of the impact of higher co-pays and enrollment fees, catastrophic caps and new non-network deductibles eroding the health care benefit.
  • The House version has provisions for a direct employment pilot program for reserves and veterans; and compensation and credit for retired pay purposes for maternity leave taken by reserve members. NERA supports both of these. There are no similar Senate proposals.
  • The Senate version establishes eligibility of reserves for high deployment allowance for long or numerous deployments; and a provision for non-reduction in pay for reservists serving on duty. NERA supports both proposals. There are no similar House proposals.
  • Both versions maintain Selected Reserve authorized strength at 59,000 for Navy Reserve, 38,500 for Marine Corps Reserve and 7,000 for Coast Guard Reserve. Full time support for reserves are maintained at 10,101 for Navy Reserve and 2,261 for Marine Corps Reserve.
  • Both versions authorize a 2.6% pay raise for military personnel, the largest increase in 9 years.

 

There are numerous other differences, but these are the most notable provisions that could have an effect on our members.

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In the News

 New Vision and Dental Plans Coming Soon to Military Families and Retirees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in partnership with the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), announced the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) will be offered for the first time to TRICARE eligible retirees and their families during the 2018 Federal Benefits Open Season. Active duty family members will be eligible to enroll in FEDVIP vision insurance.

The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program ends on Dec. 31, 2018. Those enrolled in TRDP must choose a dental plan through FEDVIP to have coverage in 2019. Enrollment is not automatic. Today’s announcement affects 1.63 million beneficiaries enrolled in TRDP and offers a choice to an additional 1.3 million eligible retired beneficiaries not currently enrolled in TRDP.

Most beneficiaries in a TRICARE health plan may enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan. This comprehensive vision coverage, including eyeglasses or contacts, is in addition to the routine eye examination benefit that many beneficiaries have under TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select.

The Federal Benefits Open Season enrollment period, Nov. 12, 2018 through Dec. 10, 2018, runs concurrently with the TRICARE Open Season. Coverage will be effective Jan. 1, 2019.

FEDVIP currently serves more than 3 million Federal employees, retirees and their families. FEDVIP enrollees give the program high marks for quality and value. It provides comprehensive dental and vision insurance at competitive group rates with 10 dental and four vision carriers for enrollees to choose from.

“OPM is thrilled to offer a variety of quality vision and dental plans to our military retirees and their families, and for the first time, an option for vision insurance to active duty family members,” said OPM Director Jeff Pon.

 “We look forward to providing FEDVIP to the military, their families, and retirees.”

For more information, visit TRICARE.benefeds.com to sign up to receive messages, updates, and reminders on the FEDVIP throughout the rest of this year.

Boots On the Ground

A Librarian-Sailor Goes to War

 

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Summer 2018 Mariner

2018 NERA/USAA Scholarship Winners

The Naval Enlisted Reserve Association (NERA) offers a college scholarship program for NERA members and their families. These scholarships recognize the sacrifices made by Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserve component members, retirees and families members. They are made possible by generous grants from USAA (www.usaa.com) and additional donations from NERA and its members.

Visit www.nera/scholarships.org for the new 2019 scholarship information.

Congratulations to the following scholarship winners!

$3,000 NERA Members Awards

Madeline Morris and Ariana Ellsey

$2,500 NERA Family Awards

Tanner Croom

Kurtis LaMore

Guillermo Leon

Hallie Rose

 

 

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