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June 8, 2019                                                                               

Dear MOAA members,

Here are some clear results of our collective efforts to make a difference!   Pat yourself on the back for your advocacy work!   Our MOAA President and CEO summarized the positive legislative results of late and recognize that when MOAA members use every opportunity to reach out, our powerful voices can be heard.  

  1. On 6 June 2019, the new VA Community Care Program (VCCP) was officially rolled out and provides a major way for the VA to provide health care in the coming years. By creating a single managed program, we expect to see a great access to care, including non-emergency urgent care walk-in services closer to home for veterans.   You can find the final regulation for the VCCP at www.missionact.va.gov      I repeat the LINK to this week's MOAA Newsletter article on this topic. We certainly hope that MUSNAVC had 100% of members opted in to weekly receive this important update.  You'll note that ADVOCACY is the top section of the MOAA Newsletter.
     
  2. The House Committee Defense Bill has been released and supports the 3.1 percent raise. The Senate ASC also supported this raise in April.
     
  3. Healthcare Issues
    • Military Medical End-Strength Reductions - MOAA's advocacy efforts on this issue continue to make a difference.  Our concerns about how these reductions will affect military readiness and beneficiary access to care have been heard and appropriate steps are being taken to prevent reduction of military end-strength until all important parameters are developed and shared with Congress.  Our efforts don't stop here. Stay informed and respond to MOAA's Calls to Action          
    •  Directing DOD to include information about blast exposure to service members' medical records.
    •  Requiring DOD to include the location of exposure to any burn pits or other toxic exposures in its burn pit registry.
    •  Requiring DOD to provide an annual report on military suicides.


Special words of support to our service members who are serving, often in harm's way, all around the globe.  And to all who are dealing with the effects of floods, tornadoes and other natural disasters around the world.


Jeri I. Graham, COL, USA (R)
Member - MOAA Bd.  Directors
Pres. - MOAA Uniformed Services Nurse
Advocates Virtual Chapter

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