SD Chamber Endorses Rep. Susan Davis’s Bill to Increase Healthcare Access for Disabled Veterans
WASHINGTON – The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce announced its support for Davis’s bipartisan bill to increase healthcare opportunities for disabled veterans.
The Fair Access to Insurance for Retired (FAIR) Heroes Act will allow veterans who were medically discharged to choose their healthcare coverage through Medicare or TRICARE.
“I’m thrilled to get the support of the Chamber for my bill and thank them for all it does for our veterans,” said Rep. Davis, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. “Considering the sacrifices veterans make on our behalf, we owe it to them to ensure they are getting the care they deserve and in the manner that is best for them. The FAIR Heroes act will give our veterans greater choices in selecting healthcare plan that works for them.”
Disabled veterans lose access to TRICARE - the military’s health system - if they have filed for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. They must instead enroll in Medicare Part B, where premiums are nearly five times higher than TRICARE. Allowing disabled veterans a choice could save them up to $1,300 a year.
“Veterans deserve the opportunity to choose which health system makes the most sense for them,” the Chamber’s letter of support states. “H.R.4571 could decrease costs for these veterans as, currently, there is a late enrollment penalty associated with TRICARE.”
Along with the support of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the FAIR Heroes Act has been endorsed by the Wounded Warrior Project, the Air Force Association, Association of the United States Army, Association of the United States Navy, AMVETS, Army Aviation Association of America, Chief Warrant & Warrant Officers Association of the U.S. Coast Guard, Got Your 6, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Military Officers Association of America, the National Military Family Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Service Women’s Action Network, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Vietnam Veterans of America.