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June 14, 2017

NCCOC 2nd VP Harley Ellinger posted:

- "As we become ready for our August Recess Legislative Visits in North Carolina, I would like you to review the latest version of TRICARE (not TRICARE FOR LIFE – over age 65). I am sure this will be a topic of the NATIONAL MOAA POINT PAPERS. Rest assured the other topics: commissary, housing, Widow’s Tax, sequestration, COLA, and overall compensation or military pay. It is now time to become informed on these subjects."

- "I will continue to pass on information, and of course the POINT PAPERS OF NATIONAL MOAA when they arrive."

TRICARE Changes Coming Soon...from a June 9, 2017 message from David B. Lobb, COL US Army (Ret.)SC MOAA Council President

- The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) brought sweeping health care reforms, many of which will take effect in just a few months. MOAA is working closely with TRICARE program officials to learn what new processes and responsibilities these changes will bring for TRICARE beneficiaries and when they will occur.

- The new TRICARE Select option, which replaces TRICARE Standard and Extra, begins Jan. 1, 2018 - just 6 short months from now. TRICARE Select is the self-managed preferred provider organization (PPO) option. It provides freedom of choice of providers, with reduced/fixed fee beneficiary out-of-pocket costs for care in the network. TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Reserve Select, TRICARE Retired Reserve, and TRICARE Young Adult and TRICARE for Life will remain as is.

- Under the new model, beneficiaries must make an active, annual choice of health plan for themselves and/or their family. Because 2018 is the first year of the plan, there will be a grace period, and beneficiaries will be automatically renewed in their existing TRICARE option as of Dec. 31, 2017. This means beneficiaries currently in TRICARE Standard or Extra will be converted automatically into TRICARE Select.

- Active duty family members newly entitled to TRICARE will be automatically enrolled in TRICARE Prime if they live in a Prime Service Area (generally around a military treatment facility). If not, they will be enrolled in TRICARE Select.

- Two populations may be at risk of losing coverage:

* Active duty members who retire and do not elect to enroll in an option. MOAA is advocating for a seamless enrollment default option for this population, as well as increased transition education services.

* Retiree beneficiaries who fail to pay their enrollment fees. Officials have stated that eligible beneficiaries will never lose their benefit, as they will always be eligible for care at military hospitals. However, this would most likely be on a space-available basis.

- Enrollment Details

* Year 1 (2018): Auto renewal (Jan. 1, 2018) and grace period: Can change TRICARE Prime or Select at any time in 2018

* Year 2 (2019) and beyond: Can elect TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select coverage (enroll, dis-enroll, or change) only during annual open season (1 Nov - 20 Dec) or if the beneficiary has a qualifying life event:

- Marriage, divorce, or annulment

- Birth or adoption of a child

- Placement of a child by a court in a member's home

- Change in sponsor status

- Loss of eligibility (due to age, Medicare, etc.)

- Move to a new ZIP code

- Loss/gain of other health insurance

- Death of a sponsor, spouse, or child

- Change in eligibility status of any single family member in another family ( e.g. joint service member)

- All qualifying life events require a Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) update. If beneficiaries request a change in coverage, it must occur within 90 days of the life event.

- Beneficiary cost shares will be based on the sponsor's “date initially entered into service” (DIEMS). Per the 2017 NDAA, those who have entered into service prior to Jan. 1, 2018, are grandfathered into existing cost shares - unless the 2018 NDAA incorporates provisions from the administration's budget proposal to repeal grandfathering (see “ TRICARE Fees to Get a Big Raise”).

- As many of these changes show, beneficiaries will be expected to take more responsibility for their health care. MOAA will continue to work closely with DoD to ensure program changes will be beneficiary-centered and clearly communicated to all stakeholders.

What is the most important thing you can do right now? Make sure your DEERS information is updated for both you and your family. Here's how to update DEERS.

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"NEVER STOP SERVING!"

"NEVER STOP SERVING!"

* The TIME to Never Stop Serving is more important than ever as MOAA and the North Carolina Council of Chapters move into 2017...the newest changes happening in our nation's legislative body should make this year an important one for getting many of the top issues for the Military Officers Association of America enacted.

* As always, NCCOC Chapters are encouraged to emphasize the importance of being enrolled in MOAA's Legislative Alerts to all members in order to get our "One Powerful Voice" in front of the Congress.

* Thanks!

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North Carolina Legislative Agenda/Successes June 24, 2016

North Carolina Legislative Agenda/Successes

June 24, 2016

* In a June 24, 2016 e-mail from Jeri Graham, NCCOC Past President and Legislative Chair for the North Carolina Veteran's Council, it was reported that an 1130 committee meeting re: HB 842 was scheduled. Because of good interventions to keep this bill moving, the good news is that it's working.

* Here are some more good results so far for the legislative bills that the NCVC has been working on:

- HB 256 - ratified and should be signed soon:-)

- S 105 - voted positively (second committee meeting) - Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs.

- HB 842 - hopefully there will be a reversal of the bill being sent to Appropriations since no monies are involved; previously sent out of Rules to Health, after which they sent it to Appropriations.

* This is probably all we'll get accomplished in the Short Session which is probably pretty good since it has been such a difficult time with considering the impact of HB 2.

* Jeri has had discussions with Ken Melton re: Engage 4th Branch...hopefully, all can see minor changes such that when you log on to www.4thbranchnc.org you shouldn't have to keep registering each time...whew! Plans are such that the contractor for Engage 4th Branch will be getting out more frequent messaging...pushing for weekly messages. Jeri has asked Melton and Assoc. to please adapt their legislative reports so messages can be shared on websites and newsletters.

* Stand by for more news, as it becomes available.

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MOAA UPDATES ON THE 2016 NDAA May 20, 2016

MOAA UPDATES ON THE 2016 NDAA

May 20, 2016

* Two recent posts on the MOAA website provide important information on veteran benefits in the proposed 2016 NDAA.

- Featured Legislative Alert.

- Lt Gen Dana Atkins, MOAA President discusses the Association's take on the changes in a YouTube video

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"Storming the Hill" as part of the North Carolina Veteran's Day in Raleigh April 15, 2015
"Storming the Hill" as part of the North Carolina Veteran's Day in Raleigh

"Storming the Hill" as part of the North Carolina Veteran's Day in Raleigh

April 15, 2015

* CAPT David Lee, USNR-Ret., North Carolina Council of Chapter 2nd V.P. (L) and COL Vern Pike, USA-Ret., North Carolina Council of Chapters Past President (R) man the MOAA table at the Veteran's Recognition Day in the NC Legislative Building in Raleigh this date.

* Following the morning's activity in the 1100 Hall of the Legislative Building, all the veterans were invited to the House Chamber for remarks and a Q&A session with the House Speaker Tim Moore (lower photograph).

Scroll over the thumbnail pictures to the right to see some of the other veterans organizations participating in this important day of recognition.

- Vietnam Veterans

- American Legion

- NC Veterans Business Association

- Veterans of Foreign Wars

- NC Division of Veterans Affairs

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"Storming" Stormers April 15, 2015
"Storming" Stormers

"Storming" Stormers

April 15, 2015

Thanks to the North Carolina Council of Chapters Officers, Presidents and members who stormed the North Carolina Legislature April 15, 2015.

Scroll over the thumbnail photographs to the right to see additional photographs from the legislative day to honor veterans:

- Color guard prepares to present the colors.

- Veterans assembled in front of the NC State Legislative Building for opening ceremony.

- Bagpiper leads the veterans into the legislature building following honors to the colors.

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Team NC "Storming the Hill" in DC April 14, 2015
Team NC "Storming the Hill" in DC

Team NC "Storming the Hill" in DC

April 14, 2015

Pictured (L to R): COL Mike Rogers, USA; Mrs. Andi Wrenn, Currently Serving Spouse Advisory Committee; COL Ed Baisden, USA-Ret.; COL Jeri Graham, USA-Ret., President, NC Council of Chapters

- The more than 160 national, state and local MOAA representatives gather on the steps of the capitol (lower photograph) prior to making our case before Congress to prevent big DoD proposed TRICARE fees hikes, to sustain military pay and benefits, to eliminate sequestration and more.

- Thank you MOAA...Keep fighting the good fight!!

- Click here and visit the Photo Gallery to learn more and see pictures from the event...

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NCCOC Legislative Chapter Representatives April 15, 2015

NCCOC Legislative Chapter Representatives

April 15, 2015

* NCCOC 3rd Vice President, COL Harley Ellinger, requests your presence in the North Carolina Legislature Building to lobby for the interests of the military. COL Ellinger also requests you to make an appointment with a senator or representative from your area to present the case for support of the military in North Carolina.

* The immediate need is the passage of the Bailey/Patton law to exclude retired people from paying income taxes in North Carolina. This would make us more military friendly compared to our surrounding states!

* This date (April 15, 2015) is military day (North Carolinas Veteran Council) in the State Legislature of North Carolina. Our president of the NCCOC, COL Jeri Graham will be in Washington DC that day to Storm The Hill with National MOAA, and consequently will not be with us in Raleigh.

* Enclosed are the attachments for use by President Graham's visit to Washington DC, and the Bailey argument.

* NCCOC will have a table in the lobby or gathering area of the Legislative building with printed materials, and we will gather there before proceeding to our various appointments. The speaker of the house may have a meeting of all the military people present in the legislative building.

* Can you attend?? Please drop an e-mail to COL Harley Ellinger,3d VP for Legislative Affairs, NCCOC

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Address:

- Legislative Building, 16 West Jones St., Raleigh, NC

- Legislative Office Building, 300 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC

- Open and read any of the below reference files that contain documents which elaborate on issues which we hope to present in Raleigh on April 15th.

- Chapter officers are also encouraged to share these issues with their membership...want to add to the "One Powerful Voice®" that is MOAA? Send a letter, fax or e-mail to your legislator, OR sign on to the newly established 4th Branch Engage platform that has been developed by the North Carolina Council in cooperation with other state organizations and add your voice there!

Email: COL Ellinger

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MOAA Legislative Goals 2015

MOAA Legislative Goals

2015

Here is the list of Legislative Goals that MOAA has as their priority for addressing before the current session of Congress:

• Sustain military pay comparability with the private sector

• Block erosion of Basic Allowance for Housing and commissary benefits

• Bar disproportional TRICARE fee hikes

• Prevent Medicare/ TRICARE payment cuts

• Protect military retirement/COLAs

• Sustain wounded warrior programs and expand caregiver support

• End disabled/survivor financial penalties

• Fix Guard/Reserve retirement

• Improve spouse and family support

• Assure timely access to the VA, and eliminate the VA claims backlog

* The NC Council, Chapters, Legislative chairs and members of our state chapters are encouraged to weigh in on these, and any other issues that may be deemed important, by contacting their state and national legislative representatives.

* Remember that MOAA's imprimatur is "One Powerful Voice©," which means that your input is essential...

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MOAA PUBLICATION - STATE REPORT CARD December 2014

MOAA PUBLICATION - STATE REPORT CARD

December 2014

Follow the below link to open/read the MOAA publication on state by state efforts to support, or lack support, on issues important to the military...active, retired and surviving spouses.

Link: Click here:

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NC Lawmakers Finally Adjourn 2014 August 22, 2014

NC Lawmakers Finally Adjourn 2014

August 22, 2014

* The below information, along with the attached, downloadable file - The 4th Branch End of Session Report 2014 for MOAA Website - were received from Sherry Melton, Ken Melton & Associates, and summarize the 4th Branch analysis regarding: 1) Legislative Priorities; 2) Revenue Roadblocks for Equal Tax Treatments; 3) Future Tax Reform Plans; and 4) a Bills Report.

* The North Carolina Council recommends all Chapters read and further provide this information to members to keep them informed of important legislative issues facing the military, and taxpayers of North Carolina.

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* The 2014 “short session” of the NC General Assembly finally came to an end on Wednesday, Aug. 20, seven weeks after the start of the state’s new fiscal year. The legislative session began with predictions from House and Senate leaders that they would finish the state’s business by late June or early July. Protracted disagreements over important bills (a revised state budget, insurance coverage for autism therapy, coal ash management, Medicaid reform, regulatory reform, and a new public-private economic development partnership) caused one delay after another, however. Add to the controversial issues a $445 million budget hole and the fact that 2014 is an election year and it is not necessarily surprising that the legislative session was a difficult and contentious one, or that state legislators could not even agree on how or when to finalize their work and return to their districts.

* At one point near the end of the session, there were actually up to six different “Adjournment Resolutions” eligible for consideration – some of which had lawmakers returning to Raleigh in August and November to continue work on unresolved issues that were holding up adjournment. In the end, however, the adjournment resolution that both chambers passed did not call for legislators to return to the state’s capital city before the start of the regular 2015-16 legislative session in January.

* Gov. Pat McCrory could still call the legislature into a special session for a specific reason before January, but it is unclear at this point whether he would do so. Some economic development professionals and state lawmakers from eastern North Carolina are currently petitioning the governor to do so soon so that they can work on an agreement for economic development funds, or incentives, to potentially help the state Department of Commerce land employers purportedly looking at locating in the state and bringing jobs with them.

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MOAA got it right!! July 10, 2014

MOAA got it right!!

July 10, 2014

*The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission report that was released on July 3, 2014 has confirmed what MOAA has reported all along... military personnel costs have remained steady at 30% of the defense budget for more than 30 years.

* Click on the below link to open MOAA's website and read the information from Col. Mike Hayden, USAF Ret., MOAA's Director of Government Relations who regularly testifies before the Congress on this issue.

* Thank you MOAA for keeping the pressure on the Congress and holding the line to protect unwarranted cuts to military pay and benefits.

Link: Click here:

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