Senior Leaders Ask for Input on Family Programs
October 29, 2013
In October, staff from the National Military Family Association attended the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition held in Washington, D.C. Association staff attended the Military Family Forums, including the Leader’s Town Hall.
What Do Military Families Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act?
October 25, 2013
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, includes a requirement for most Americans to carry health insurance. This requirement is often referred to as “the individual mandate.”
Deadline for Overseas Holiday Shipping Nears
October 23, 2013
With the holiday season approaching, the Military Postal Service Agency, a component of the U.S. Postal Service, has recommended that packages being shipped to service members overseas should be mailed by November 12 to ensure they are delivered on time. (More)
Connect to TRICARE with Your Mobile Device
October 22, 2013
More and more Americans have devices that allow them to access the Internet on the go. A recent study revealed that more than half of all U.S. adults own a smartphone while just over one-third own a tablet. Understanding this trend, TRICARE has developed a variety of mobile applications and mobile optimized sites for military families.
Shutdown’s Over – What’s Next for Military Families?
October 17, 2013
The National Military Family Association is not alone in asserting the shutdown was an American disaster, affecting us all. Standard and Poors estimated the cost of the shutdown as at least $24 billion. Sadly, the legislative deal passed by Congress and signed by President Obama on October 17, will fund the government only until January 15 and extend the debt limit through February 7. (More)
The Military Coalition Leads Call to End the Shutdown
October 16, 2013
The Military Coalition, made up of 33 military, uniform, and veteran service organizations, were joined by the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion to lead the call for an end to the government shutdown. (More)
President Signs Bill to Restore DoD Death Benefits for Survivors
October 11, 2013
By unanimous consent on Thursday, October 10, the Senate passed a measure allowing the government to pay death gratuity and burial benefits to the families of people who have died on active duty since October 1 despite the government shutdown. (More)
Honoring the Top Employers of National Guard and Reserve Members
October 8, 2013
In a ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C. on September 26, fifteen companies and organizations were honored with a Secretary of Defense-level award for their outstanding support of employees serving in the National Guard or Reserve.
Stateside Commissaries Reopened!
October 8, 2013
Saturday, October 5, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a memo stating that civilian employees who contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members would be recalled from furlough. This resulted in commissaries being reopened at stateside locations. (More)
TRICARE Management Activity Announces Calendar Year 2014 Premiums
October 1, 2013
TRICARE Management Activity has announced updated rates for two premium based coverage options, TRICARE Young Adult and the Continued Health Care Benefit Program.