Reps. Cisneros, Green, Rouda and Foxx Lead Bipartisan Letter to Request Report on Lapses in Healthcare Benefits for National Guard and Reserve Personnel

March 2, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39), Mark Green (R-TN-7), Harley Rouda (D-CA-48), and Virginia Foxx (R-NC-5), along with 20 Members of Congress, sent a bipartisan letter to the Comptroller General Gene Dodaro requesting a report on lapses in TRICARE benefits for National Guard and Reserve personnel and their families. 

“Members of the National Guard and Reserve put their lives on the line just like their active duty counterparts,” said Cisneros. “It's outrageous to have any lapses in their benefits. I join my Democratic and Republican colleagues in requesting a report from the Comptroller General so we can fix this urgent problem now. These courageous patriots and their families deserve access to the benefits they have earned.”

“Getting stuck in the web of a bureaucratic system is the last thing our brave National Guard and Reserve service members and their families deserve. They should be able to access the healthcare benefits they were promised, which they have certainly earned. I look forward to learning more about TRICARE’s process and how we can stop these lapses in benefits to ensure no hero is left behind,” said Rep. Green.

“Too often, our brave National Guard and Reserve personnel and their families experience issues accessing the health care benefits they earned serving our country — it's unacceptable," said Rouda. “The least we could do for our soldiers is to cut through the red tape and find out why these lapses in benefits are occurring. I look forward to reading the Comptroller General's report and finding common-sense solutions to right these wrongs.”

“For the last two decades, our military has heavily relied on our National Guard. As our heroes go about fighting the war on terror, they shouldn’t have to worry about their TRICARE benefits lapsing while deployed—this is unacceptable on so many levels. I’m proud to join my colleagues in this effort to get to the bottom of why these lapses are occurring and fix the problem in a bipartisan and swift manner,” said Rep. Spano.