The Department of Defense (DOD) maintains our Military Health System (MHS) which provides healthcare services to 8.3 million active and retired military personnel. This system is completely separate from our Veterans Administration. The primary objective of the MHS is to maintain the health of servicemembers so that they can carry out their military missions. This involves the medical testing and screening of recruits, emergency medical treatment of combat troops, and the maintenance of physical standards of those in the armed services. These healthcare services are provided at 530 Army, Navy and Air Force hospitals, clinics, ships and other facilities worldwide. However, much like the overcrowded VA, our Military Health facilities cannot accommodate the demand for care by all active duty service people, their dependents and retirees (many of whom are not eligible for VA services). Therefore, the DOD offers an insurance plan called the TRICARE system for those who cannot get care at military health hospitals or clinics. TRICARE contracts civilian healthcare providers to treat active-duty service members, retirees and their families. It provides these servicemembers with government-subsidized private medical and dental care as well as mental health services. TRICAREâ€™s beneficiaries include members of our Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and select National Reserve and Guard members.
H.R.42 – Military Health Care Affordability Act
H.R.1464 – Military Mental Health Empowerment Act
S.628 & H.R.975 â€“ Servicemember Mental Health Review Act
I oppose reforming current military personnel health policy and wish to defeat H.R.42, H.R.1464, and S.628 & H.R.975
I support extending through 2015 the prohibition on increases in certain health care costs and restrictions on health benefit adjustments for members of the Armed Forces, retirees, and their dependents, including charges and premiums under TRICARE (a DOD managed care program) and cost-sharing requirements under the DOD pharmacy benefits program, and wish to pass H.R.42
I support ensuring that information concerning the availability of mental health services to members of the Armed Forces, as well as privacy rights related to the receipt of such services, is provided to: each officer candidate during initial training, each recruit during basic training, and each other member at such time as the Secretary of Defense (DOD) considers appropriate; requiring each department Secretary to: seek to eliminate perceived stigma associated with seeking and receiving mental health services; and promote the use of such services on a basis comparable to the use of other medical and health services, and wish to pass H.R.1464
I support extending through 2014 the authority of the Physical Disability Board of Review to review the disability determinations of individuals who, since September 11, 2001, are separated from the Armed Forces due to unfitness for duty because of a mental condition with a disability rating of 20% or less and are found to be ineligible for retirement; adding to those eligible for such review individuals who, before December 31, 2014, are separated due to unfitness because of a mental condition not amounting to disability, including separation based on a personality or adjustment disorder; requiring the Board to: review, upon request, the findings and decisions of the appropriate physical evaluation board with respect to such latter individuals; and include as Board members at least one licensed psychologist and one licensed psychiatrist who have had no fiduciary relationship to the Department of Defense since December 31, 2001; allowing the Board to review disability determinations of non-requesting individuals, after obtaining their consent; requiring the Secretary of the military department concerned to correct the military records of individuals in accordance with Board recommendations, unless such Secretary finds that the Board has made a clearly erroneous recommendation, and wish to pass S.628 & H.R.975