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President’s Column:  January 2018

President’s Message

Greetings and I trust all had a delightful holiday time in December. Whether you celebrated Hanukkah or Christmas and New Year’s, let us look forward to a new year of prosperity and good health. And of course, peace, around the world for our Active Duty and Reserve Components.

In December, President Trump signed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It does require a budget, however, to move forward. Let us hope our Representatives and Senators can accomplish that.  To avoid a government shutdown, the House and Senate before the December recess passed another Continuing Resolution to keep spending at 2017 levels until Jan. 22, when they will try again to reach an overall budget agreement for 2018

Personnel accomplishments covered by the 2018 NDAA include:

  • a 2.4% pay increase for the Active Duty service members,
  • no change in the BAH calculations which benefits those sharing housing or married dual SMs,
  • an increase in overall troop strength, and
  • a lessening of the ‘widow’s tax’ (they gain $310 per month).

MOAA National fought well for all three of these issues. I suggest we all stay updated on the NDAA trough the MOAA.org website.

As for Tricare beneficiaries, please note that prescription drug copays are subject to an increase going forward. There are new copays and now enrollment fees as Tricare was reduced from 3 options to two-especially if you receive your medications through a retail (community) pharmacy. There are now Select and Prime only. For the majority of OWRC members, this is a non-issue at this time. There may be a few of us who have Tricare-For-Life and a spouse or child covered under Tricare. Tricare was also reduced from 3 Regional Offices to two— North and West. Please read the updates available through the MOAA.org website or go directly to Tricare website. Be informed, be ready for the changes.

Our January 20th noon meeting at Papa Bears in North Canton/Belden Village will feature Ken Harbaugh, Former LT USN, Past-President of Team Rubicon and now a candidate for OH-7 in the November 2018 elections. Please use the website and RSVP so that Papa Bears may properly staff the room. We will order from the menu with separate checks.

For our other noon ‘winter’ meeting in March (17th), we have invited Rep Jim Renacci (R, OH-16) and candidate for governor. Stay tuned for more details on that meeting. Enjoy a break from meetings in February! Again, it is a noon meeting and should not interfere with your St. Patrick’s Day activities.

Please review the 2018 meeting dates on the last page and note them on your calendars.

January Membership Meeting

Meeting Announcement

When: Saturday 20 Jan 2018

Time: 1130 Social, 12 Noon Meeting & Lunch

Location: Papa Bears, 4990 Dressler Rd, North Canton

Speaker: Ken Harbaugh, LT, USN. Former President- Team Rubicon

Bring: Acme Fresh Market Community Cashback receipts – last chance for turn-in.

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