Zero Cost TRICARE to Ensure Reserve Component Medical Readiness

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Priority
Joint-Personnel

The Issue

National Guard and Reserve servicemembers continue to face challenges in obtaining health care access to meet medical readiness requirements and ensuring continuity of care, especially when deploying overseas. Significant numbers of servicemembers without health care directly impacts National Guard deployability levels.

Recommendation

  • Consider providing health care coverage to all Reserve Component servicemembers, including the possibility of eliminating servicemember premiums
  • Authorize TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) eligibility for National Guard and Reserve servicemembers who are federal employees in their civilian capacity

Point of Contact

J.C. Cardinale
Legislative Affairs Manager, Joint & Personnel

Air National Guard
Army National Guard
Employment
Personnel