National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) FY20 Updates:
This year, the National Defense Authorization Act FY20, two separate sections may have an impact on your retirement and potentially health care benefits.
- Section 604-Consideration of Service on Active Duty to Reduce Age of Eligibility for Retired Pay for Non-Regular Service:
In the original language dating back to 2012, preplanned missions in support of combatant commanders did not include pre-mobilization and transitional health care, educational benefits, early retirement credit and other benefits that other mobilizations authorities provide.
Between 2017 and 2019, Congress and Senators successfully added most benefits back to the original language with the exception of Early Retirement credit –
it was the last gap in benefit parity for Guardsmen and Reservists. Senators pushed to have an Early Retirement credit provision added in the NDAA FY20 for Guardsmen and Reservist for any mobilizations under authority 12304b of Title 10 United States Code (U.S.C.).
For more information on eligibility for early retirement credit, visit the myPers link: https://mypers.af.mil/
- Section 701—Modification of Eligibility for TRICARE Reserve Select for Certain Members of the Selected Reserve
Congress introduced Tricare Reserve Select (TRS) in 2007 under section 1076d of Title 10 U.S.C. to assist part-time Guardsmen and Reservists with a low-cost health care with the exception of federal employees. Thus, leaving the part-time reserve component members who require it to purchase a more expensive health care coverage through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB).
Section 701 of the NDAA FY20 revised section 1076d(a)(2) to add language to provide federal employees in the Guard and Reserve the ability to purchase TRS as their health care coverage. The implementation date is set to 1 January 2030 to cover the associated budgetary costs, but there are military associations actively working with Congress to attempt to move this date to the left.
For more information on Tricare benefits, visit https://www.tricare.mil/Plans/Eligibility.
Note: To pull the final version of the NDAA Bill, visit www.Congress.gov with the President’s signature or Public Law # assigned to it.
POC for this article is SMSgt Maria Dykes, DSN: 612-9715, firstname.lastname@example.org