A new bill that is passing through the Congress has been proposed that would freeze Tricare fees for military retirees. The Defense Department has been trying to raise some of the different copayments and enrollment fees to try and balance health care costs. But Congress feels strongly that the costs should not be passed on to the Servicemembers, so they are working to make sure that the Federal Government picks up the bill for the cost of any additional Tricare payments.
Tricare is the program that pays for full medical and Dental benefits for those that are in the military, and for their dependants. The bill is sponsored by Chet Edwards, D-Texas and he is one of the close allies of the President. At one point Representative Edwards was seriously considered as a possible vice presidential running mate.
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Edwards is the chairman of the subcommittee of the House Appropriations committee that deals with quality of life programs for the military and Veterans. So when Edwards puts his might behind a bill that is pro military support it is not likely to be overturned very easily.
There is a broad bases support right now for benefits and support for many of the different programs that help our citizen soldiers. Real life programs are being expanded that allow for support for different members of the Military in education, post military training, and to help with the transition to college, training or jobs after their military service is done.