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Congressman Mike Turner Optimistic: Re: Reinstating the HCTC

This posting is for your information and references an article posted in the Dayton Daily News on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Tom Green, who is quoted in the article, chairs your DSRA HCTC Reinstatement Committee.

PLEASE NOTE:  Our previous posting indicated that we would be issuing a DSRA Call-to-Action via the VEBA-BT website asking DSRA members to contact their respective legislators at the appropriate time urging support for the reinstatement of the HCTC. To reiterate, that posting stated:

 If later, a bill is put forward for a full vote by entire House and Senate and, if passed, it will be the final stage in HCTC reinstatement. 

We are optimistic at this point and we will need the full support of all DSRA members in the near future.

At that time, we will be asking you to call or write your Congressman/woman and Senator seeking their support of the final bill.

Please standby for another HCTC update in the near future.   Again, we will be asking you, at that time, to call and write your members of the House and Senate urging their support.

That Call-To-Action will be posted on this VEBA-BT website.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 23:08

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HCTC Update: Major Step Taken on HCTC Reinstatement

Last week, a major step was taken towards the reinstatement of the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC).

The House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees have come to an agreement to introduce legislation for the possible reinstatement of the HCTC.  This legislation will likely be part of a trade bill, called Trade Adjustment Assistance, or TAA.  

Your HCTC Committee is working hard to lobby both Committees for support.

If later, a bill is put forward for a full vote by entire House and Senate and, if passed, it will be the final stage in HCTC reinstatement.  

We are optimistic at this point and we will need the full support of all DSRA members in the near future.

At that time, we will be asking you to call or write your Congressman/woman and Senator seeking their support of the final bill.

Please standby for another HCTC update in the near future.   Again, we will be asking you, at that time, to call and write your members of the House and Senate urging their support.

That Call-To-Action will be posted on this VEBA-BT website.

Your DSRA HCTC Reinstatement Committee

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 April 2015 14:46

DSRA Benefit Trust Election Update:

The election committee for the DSRA Benefit Trust is pleased to announce that we have one candidate that has submitted their name for a position on the Board of Directors of DSRA Benefit Trust. This person is Lori Ostrander, one of our current board members.

The DSRA-BT Election Procedure, section 4.8, states the following:

4.8  If, at the end of the nomination process for DSRA BT Board candidates, the number of candidates approved to be eligible to run for the DSRA Board does not exceed the number of open positions available for election, then the DSRA BT Board may declare that an actual election is not required. In this case, all approved candidates will be considered elected Board Members. The current Board will announce the names of the new Board members to the DSRA BT membership immediately.

In accordance with this procedure, the Board is declaring that an election is not required since we have one nominee and three open positions.  Therefore, we are announcing that Lori is considered an elected Board Member.  She will fill a three-year term, expiring April 1, 2018.

We appreciate Lori volunteering for one more term.

The Election Committee

Ken Garber

Bob von Schwedler

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 March 2015 00:58

HCTC Proposed Legislation – Status Report on HR. 1143 and S.505

March 13, 2015

Since our last posting on February 23, 2015, HCTC Committee members have been contacting members of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees and other legislators seeking their support for H.R. 1143 and S. 505.  These are the two bills introduced by Congressman Mike Turner and Senator Rob Portman, respectively, which call for the reinstatement of the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC). 

As we previously wrote, these bills are being offered to help elevate the conversation among legislators about the need to reinstate the HCTC.  We continue to believe that they will not be acted on as stand-alone legislation; but, rather, will be included in other legislation being considered in 2015.

To date, March 13, 2013, the following Congressmen/women and Senators have agreed to support H.R. 1143 and S. 505.

Representatives: Tim Ryan (OH); Jim Renacci (OH); David Joyce (OH); Marcy Kaptur (OH); Gregg Harper (MS); Susan Brooks, (IN); and Brian Higgins (NY).

Senators: Sherrod Brown (OH); Joe Donnelly (IN); Tammy Baldwin (WI); Robert Casey (PA); Thad Cochran (MS);  and Roger Wicker (MS). 

If these legislators represent you, please take a moment to call or e-mail their office to thank them for helping us as we continue our efforts to get the HCTC reinstated.

We expect to increase the number of supporters for H.R. 1143 and S. 505 as our conversations continue with the various legislators.  We will continue to update you via this VEBA-BT website. 

Your HCTC Committee

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2015 11:41

Vaccinations for Members in BCBSM Medical Plans

Date: March 5, 2015

Subject: Vaccinations for Members in BCBSM Medical Plans

Some questions have arisen regarding how the medical plans offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (“BCBSM”) pay for vaccines. The desire of many of our plan participants to take advantage of the Shingles vaccine has brought to our attention some inconsistencies in billing and payment for immunizations. To address these questions and assist members in maximizing available benefits, the following information is provided.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 March 2015 12:20

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HCTC Legislation Introduced by U.S. Congressmen Turner and Ryan

February 23, 2015

Our previous posting covered the press release issued by Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown indicating legislation they introduced in support of reinstating the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC).  That press release referenced similar legislation introduced by Congressmen Mike Turner and Tim Ryan. Posted below is the press release announcing that action.

These bills are being offered to help elevate the conversation among legislators about the need to reinstate the HCTC.  We continue to believe it is most likely that these bills will become part of trade-related legislation being considered.

Updates on activities surrounding reinstating the HCTC will continue to be posted on this VEBA-BT website.

Your HCTC Committee  

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:13

Read more: HCTC Legislation Introduced by U.S. Congressmen Turner and Ryan
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