The current House bill would also create a disincentive to hiring members of the National Guard and Reserve by levying an eight percent payroll tax penalty against employers that do not provide continuous health coverage to its employees. Continuous coverage for National Guard and Reserve members is not always necessary because they frequently transition to and from active duty where they have access to TRICARE.
I am pleased that veterans’ service organizations, including The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, the Wounded Warrior Project, Vietnam Veterans of America, Blinded Veterans Association, Jewish War Veterans, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, have also expressed concerns on these issues.
While I received assurance from Chairman Waxman that efforts would be made this fall to consider several amendments to resolve these problems, the bill currently fails to protect veterans and service members adequately.
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