Military Times – Medical Cuts Could Cause Irreversible Damage

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Here’s a link to this editorial from a former Navy Surgeon General:

Medical Cuts Could Cause Irreversible Damage

MOAA – Defense Bills: House and Senate Versions Compared

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Here’s an article that compares the House and Senate versions of the NDAA 20. Here are the two bullets most readers would care about:

  • A pay raise win. Summaries from leaders of both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees pledge that their final legislation will include a 3.1% military pay raise, which would align with the administration’s FY 2020 budget request and with MOAA efforts to sustain pay comparability with the private sector. While nothing’s settled until passage, this appears to be one of few issues that won’t be affected by ongoing debate – a key House member said as much at a recent news event.
  • Halfway on health care? While House Armed Services Committee (HASC) members included language that would put a stop to a proposal to cut up to 18,000 medical billets, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has not. House committee members shared MOAA’s concerns about the potential consequences of cutting roughly 20 percent of the military’s medical force. They included language requiring DoD to study the issue further and report back to Congress.

What the HASC Version of NDAA 20 Says About Medical Billet Cuts

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Here is a summary of the House Armed Service Committee’s (HASC’s) version of the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bullet point about medical billets says:

– Prohibits the Secretary of Defense and the Secretaries of the military departments from realigning or reducing military medical end strength until analyses are conducted on potential manpower realignments and the availability of health care services in the local area.

MOAA – Don’t Dismantle Military Medicine

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I’m a lifetime member of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) because they look out for our hard earned benefits on Capital Hill and their communication keeps me informed about what’s going on with military and veterans benefits. At this point, I’d find it hard to believe that readers don’t know what is going on with proposed cuts to military medicine, but just in case this PDF from them summarizes things fairly well. You might want to check it out if the issue is new to you:

MOAA – Don’t Dismantle Military Medicine

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