Eileen Huck, deputy director of government relations for National Military Family Association, called the policy change “unfortunate” and added that “many service members and families are understandably upset.”
“However,” she said, “the reality is GI Bill transferability has always been a retention tool rather than a benefit, although that distinction was not always clearly communicated to families.”
“We’ve had complaints from people that they’re shocked at how long it’s taking to get their household goods picked up, and we’re hearing lots of complaints about packers, because they’re not able to find people to do the packing, so that’s raising a whole host of issues,” Hruska said.
Eileen Huck, deputy director of government relations for the National Military Family Association, said the organization is appreciative that DoD is giving a year’s advance notice of the policy change and recommends that service members who think they may want to transfer the benefit take advantage of the lead time.
The association still sees grandfathering as “a bad idea,” said Karen Ruedisueli, deputy director for government relations. “But simply eliminating it is not the solution,” she said. “The fee increases imposed on new entrants are excessive, particularly when you think about the cumulative impact of higher visit co-pays, pharmacy co-pays, retiree enrollment fees and the new non-network deductible.
Eileen Huck, government relations deputy director of the National Military Family Association, said the drop in savings was “surprising, given the rollout of private label, which was supposed to provide an increase in savings. What does this mean in terms of what they’re doing to the prices of [national] brand items?”
But this provision doesn’t fix the overall problems with the new, higher co-pays introduced in January, said Karen Ruedisueli, government relations deputy director for the National Military Family Association. Instead, it “just increases overall out-of-pocket costs by hiking up retiree enrollment fees and the catastrophic cap while creating a new non-network deductible ― cost increases we’ve always opposed since Congress mandated them for new entrants and their families.”
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“Our military families make sacrifices every day that often go unnoticed. And when a service member is injured or suffers invisible wounds, that sacrifice takes an even bigger toll” said NMFA Executive Director, Joyce Raezer.
“It’s great the Navy is giving families more flexibility to schedule the move when the timing is good for them,” said Eileen Huck, government relations deputy director for the National Military Family Association. “Especially for older kids, moving in the middle of the school year is disruptive.
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Kelly Hruska, who monitors survivor issues for the National Military Family Association and The Military Coalition, an umbrella group of military associations and veteran organizations, said “we had the problem at the beginning of the year with certain members of Congress saying SBP-DIC was solved.”
When the coalition continued to list ending the SBP-DIC offset as a legislative priority, Hruska said, “I had several (Capitol Hill) staffers say to me ‘Why do you have that on there? It’s a problem solved.’
“I said, ‘The offset has not been eliminated. Why do you think it has?’
“In every case they pointed to SSIA,” Hruska recalled.