New River Chapter Receives MOAA 5-Star Streamer November 16, 2013

New River Chapter Receives MOAA 5-Star Streamer

November 16, 2013

New River Chapter President, CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN-Ret., receives the 5-Star Streamer at the Annual Meeting Levels of Excellence dinner from GEN John H. Tilelli, Jr., MOAA Board Chair on Saturday night, November 16, 2013 at the Antlers Hilton, Colorado Springs, CO.

Follow the link below to open the Photo Gallery on the North Carolina Council website to view more pictures from the Annual Meeting.

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HEALTH REFORM ARRIVES September 27, 2013

HEALTH REFORM ARRIVES

September 27, 2013

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On October 1, major provisions from the 2010 Affordable Care Act will go into effect.

Many MOAA members using TRICARE, TRICARE for Life (TFL) and Medicare, or VA health care are concerned by the launch of the new health insurance initiatives and want to know how they’re impacted.

It’s important to understand that TRICARE, Medicare, and VA health care are separate from the new health care marketplace (exchange). If you have TRICARE, TFL and Medicare, or VA health care you should not sign up for a marketplace plan. You should make the same decisions about your healthcare coverage that you make every year.

We answer some of your most frequently asked questions:

Q: I use TRICARE (Standard, Prime, Extra, etc.), TFL and Medicare, or VA health care. Will I need to use the healthcare exchanges?

A: No. The new health exchanges are intended to help people who do not have insurance. You already have qualified health insurance with TRICARE, TFL and Medicare, or VA health care. You should make the same decisions about your healthcare coverage that you make every year.

Q: If I have TRICARE or TFL and Medicare, VA health care do I need to worry about the new requirement to obtain health insurance and associated penalties??

A: No. Congress recognized that military and VA health care programs fulfill a special need, and that it would be inappropriate to wrap all health programs together so military and VA beneficiaries have the same coverage as all other Americans. At the urging of MOAA and other organizations, Congress passed the TRICARE Affirmation Act in 2010 that specifically exempted TRICARE and VA beneficiaries from the individual mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Q: Can I expect my TRICARE enrollment fee, premiums, deductibles or co-pays to go up because of this legislation?

A. No, there’s nothing in the legislation that would change any TRICARE fees.

That said the Pentagon has attempted to dramatically increase TRICARE fees for the past few years. We expect that to continue. MOAA will continue to fight disproportionate fee increases.

Q: I understand the Affordable Care Act cut Medicare funding by $500 billion. Will that cut payments to doctors and threaten TFL?

A. It’s true that health care reform reduces Medicare spending by about that much, but most of those changes are relatively less painful ones that probably won’t affect TRICARE or TFL beneficiaries much.

They include $118 billion from eliminating the extra subsidy to the Medicare Advantage HMO program (which was sold to Congress as a cost-saver, but actually costs 14% more per person than Standard Medicare), cutting about $150 billion from non-rural hospitals (which the hospital associations say they can handle because expanding insurance coverage to most Americans will mean they won’t have to eat the cost of serving the uninsured), and cutting back abuses in medical equipment These are things most of us would probably push to consider if it were our own money paying for them (which it actually is).

Q: Are you saying that the funding cut won’t affect Medicare beneficiaries at all?

A. No. But the implications are probably longer-term ones than shorter-term ones.

The real issue under national health reform is that the money from these Medicare savings will be used to fund expansion of health insurance coverage to those who don’t have it now instead of being used to pay for needed fixes to Medicare.

It’s hard to argue that reducing the number of uninsured would be a bad thing. But using the relatively “easy” Medicare savings initiatives to fund that means that when the baby boomers start swamping Medicare and Social Security in the next few years, Congress will be forced to look at more painful ways to fund that need.

Sequestration didn’t touch Medicare and Social Security, but it’s only a matter of time until reforms of these entitlements are considered.

Q: What if I have TFL and Medicare and someone tells me I need to get a new plan because of the new healthcare law?

A: This is not true. Dishonest people may try to take advantage of consumers by telling them they need to buy a plan when they don’t need one. In fact, it is against the law for someone to sell you a marketplace plan if they know you have TFL and Medicare. Don’t let someone sell you a marketplace plan by telling you it’s a Medicare Supplemental (“Medigap”) plan. Medigap plans are not sold through the marketplaces. Never give your Medicare number or Medicare card to someone you don’t know, such as an unsolicited caller or a salesman at your door. If you think something unsavory is going on, you can learn how to report suspected fraud at www.StopMedicareFraud.gov.

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Sequestration Has Notched Another Casualty Blue Angels Schedule Officially Cancelled for the Rest of 2013

Sequestration Has Notched Another Casualty

Blue Angels Schedule Officially Cancelled for the Rest of 2013

* A memo from the Blue Angles Association received via e-mail shared the following:

* Subject: Blue Angels News Flash, It's Over for 2013

* Dear Members, the Boss wanted you to hear it from our BAA first.

* It will be announced tomorrow that the Blue Angels 2013 Season is over.

* They will be allowed 11 hours/month. Obviously, that is not enough to fly demonstrations. They plan to use the time to their best advantage by doing promotional events, renew relationships both at home and on the road, visit places and spend time where it can contribute the most.

* This is a sad day after over 66 years of Blue Angels Air Shows.

* In the world we live in, the U.S. Navy with the ability to provide freedom of the seas, demonstrate our resolve with a show of force without crossing a border, or reach out and touch someone if necessary is the best investment we have. The Blue Angels demonstrate the epitome of that power.

* The CNN YouTube video (below) also reports that the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds have also received a season ending budget ax.

^top   Contact   Legislative Issues   Permalink   Posted: 04/11/13

HEROES DAY at Appalachian State November 9, 2017

HEROES DAY at Appalachian State

November 9, 2017

* Veterans can receive free tickets to the HEROES DAY Appalachian State football game against Georgia Southern at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 9th, 2017...after following the link, scroll down to the FEATURED EVENT for details on how to get a free ticket as well as a ticket for a guest for only $20.

* Veterans and guests are also invited to come and enjoy a Heroes Day tailgate celebration beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Duck Pond at the entrance to Stadium Drive on the AppState campus.

^top   Contact   Upcoming Events   Permalink   Posted: 10/29/17

Hacksaw Ridge - Opened on November 4, 2016 Message from Director Mel Gibson
Hacksaw Ridge - Opened on November 4, 2016

Hacksaw Ridge - Opened on November 4, 2016

Message from Director Mel Gibson

* The inspirational movie about WWII Medal of Honor winner Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who saved the lives of 75 of his fellow soldiers in Okinawa opened in more than 3000 theaters in the U.S. on November 4th. In the attached video clip, director Mel Gibson shared a special message of gratitude to veterans for their service and the power of Desmond Doss's faith that enabled his extraordinary service on the battlefield.

* The New River Chapter hosted two pre-opening day showings of the film at the Parkway Theater in West Jefferson, NC on November 2nd and 3rd...tickets were made available to all Ashe County Veterans on a first-come, first-serve basis as there were only 160 seats available each evening. We wish there could have been more as the response was remarkable.

* Special thanks go out to the many generous sponsors, shown here, who helped our Chapter to make this available for our counties veterans.

* Please share with fellow veterans, and GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!

* To learn more about Desmond Doss, click here.

* To get more information on the production of the movie, click here.

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50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Ceremony September 20, 2016

50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Ceremony

September 20, 2016

* As part of a DoD initiative to recognize and thank veterans of the Vietnam War, a 50th Anniversary Vietnam Commemorative Display and Vietnam Veterans Recognition event was held on September 20, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:30 PM at the Museum of Ashe County History in Jefferson, NC. The event was sponsored in conjunction with the North Carolina Council of Chapters, a DoD 50th Vietnam War Commemorative Partner.

* All veterans - anyone who served between the years 1955 and 1975 - were encouraged to sign in and place a pin on a map of Vietnam to designate where they were stationed during the war. A formal recognition ceremony was held to provide a certificate of appreciation and a lapel pin to each veteran attending the ceremony.

^top   Contact   Upcoming Events   Permalink   Posted: 08/19/16

New River Chapter Meeting Schedule 2016

New River Chapter Meeting Schedule

2016

* The New River Chapter's Program chair and Co-President, COL Charles Knapp, USA (Ret) recently published a flyer which contains information on the dates and locations for chapter activities in 2016.

* Click on the file image (right) to see an expanded flyer and print one out for saving to your own personal calendar, or share with others!

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