Senate Expected to Vote on NDAA Soon
The Senate is expected to debate, consider amendments and vote on its version of the FY2018 NDAA (S.1519). The current bill allows substantial TRICARE fee increases by repealing the so-called grandfather clause that excluded retirees who retired before January 1, 2018 from any fee increases. The bill also increases pharmacy co-pays, provides for a smaller active duty pay increase (2.1% vice 2.4%) and makes more cuts to Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH).
The House has already passed its version of the NDAA (H.R.2810) without many of these onerous provisions. Once the Senate passes its bill, a conference committee will be appointed to resolve the differences between the two bills. The conference committee bill will be voted on by both chambers and if approved, sent to the President to be signed into law or vetoed. Members are urged to use the FRA Action Center online to ask their Senators to oppose these provisions in the Senate bill.