In This Issue:
1. National Healthcare Update
2. VFW Urges Passage of S. 1963
3. Korean War MIA Identified
1. National Healthcare Update: The VFW continues to lead the fight to ensure all DOD and VA healthcare programs are recognized as meeting minimum essential coverage standards under the new national healthcare law, but we still need your help. Congress reconvenes next week and it is imperative that they pass two bills to protect the integrity and viability of all DOD and VA healthcare programs. VFW is asking members, families and friends to contact their elected officials and urge them to support S. 3162 and S. 3148.
  • The U.S. House of Representatives needs to support S. 3162, which was introduced by Senate VA Committee Chairman Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) to protect VA healthcare programs. It passed the Senate unanimously on March 26.
  • The U.S. Senate needs to support S. 3148, which was introduced by Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee Chairman Jim Webb (D-Va.) to protect all military Tricare programs as well as non-appropriated fund health plans. S. 3148 is a companion bill to H.R. 4887, which was introduced by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) and approved March 20 by a vote of 403-0.
Tell your representatives to pass S. 3162 and your senators to pass S. 3148 when they return to Washington. To contact them, go to http://capwiz.com/vfw/issues/alert/?alertid=14894746. A VFW press release is at http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=news.newsDtl&did=5425.

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