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Help needed to extend CHAMPVA to age 26

Monday, January 26, 2015   (4 Comments)
Posted by: Jamie Tomek
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Help needed to extend CHAMPVA to age 26. Senator Schumer wants to highlight the CHAMPVA Young Adult issue and needs a “poster child” very quickly – I just got off the line with his office, who just called a few moments ago.

You’ll recall that under Obamacare, adults can pay for the health coverage of their adult children up to age 26 (from age 23, the old limit).

But, in order for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to “work” for Survivors eligible for CHAMPVA who would wish to have their adult children covered to age 26 under that program, a technical change in wording is needed to Title 38. In other words, the ACA already authorizes such coverage but the veterans laws need to be tweaked to enable the coverage to take effect. The Military Coalition (TMC) and Gold Star Wives have sought the change since enactment of the ACA without success. Now Schumer wants to use the bully pulpit to press the attack.

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Jamie Tomek


Nancy Likely Shipes says...
Posted Friday, August 7, 2015
Is this still not fixed?
Nancy Likely Shipes says...
Posted Saturday, June 27, 2015
You'll want to add paragraph breaks if you use this posting - it's hard to read in a single paragraph!
Nancy Likely Shipes says...
Posted Saturday, June 27, 2015
This is something you can bring to light. They need you. In 5 years, no one has fixed this document problem. It's not fair, and you can help make it right by contacting your legislators. Please follow this link: to find out more. Thanks from all the kids who have already given a parent for their country. Thanks for helping them to receive the same rights as all other Americans covered by the Affordable Care Act. It will be good for them to see that their countrymen really do have their backs, after all.
Nancy Likely Shipes says...
Posted Saturday, June 27, 2015
I have been leaving this post everywhere I am involved on FaceBook and anywhere else I can think of. I'd like to ask for some help with an issue keeping a very special segment of our population from the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. As we all know, children can be carried on their parents' insurance until age 26 - except for children of deceased military whose remaining parent has CHAMPVA medical insurance provided to them as a guaranteed benefit. Wording in some military document makes it impossible for CHAMPVA dependents turning 22 to keep their insurance. It's just not right that the children of our dead soldiers should be denied their rights under the ACA because of some arcane document. The ACA is now 5 years old, and these young people have yet to be brought under its umbrella. They need our help. Our legislators don't listen to very much military families have to say, and they continue to ignore this blatant denial of rights. continued...

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