Obama: More of those “New Politics”

The claim:

At 46 seconds in, “That’s why I passed laws … [which] extended health care to wounded troops who’ve been neglected” (a citation at the bottom of the screen which reads “Public Law 110 – 181. PL 110-181 came out of HR 4986 – the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008).”

The law (H.R. 4986 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 ):

Title VII: Health Care Provisions – Subtitle A: Improvements to Military Health Benefits – (Sec. 701) Extends through FY2008 the prohibition on increases in certain charges and premiums for care and coverage under TRICARE (a DOD managed care program) Prime, TRICARE Standard, and TRICARE Reserve Select.

(Sec. 702) Provides copayment limits, for the period beginning on October 1, 2007, and ending on September 30, 2008, for the receipt of generic, formulary, and nonformulary agents under the retail pharmacy system of the DOD pharmacy benefits program.

(Sec. 703) Provides that, with respect to any prescription filled on or after the date of enactment of this Act, the TRICARE retail pharmacy program shall be covered by the federal pricing limits applicable to covered drugs under the VA retail pharmacy program.

(Sec. 704) Authorizes the Secretary to pay a stipend to a reserve member who is called or ordered to active duty for a period of more than 30 days so that such member may maintain civilian health care coverage for a dependent whom the Secretary determines possesses a special health care need that would be best met by remaining in the member’s civilian health plan.

(Sec. 705) Expands eligibility for temporary health benefits coverage under federal civilian employee provisions to include any person specified in regulations prescribed by the Secretary who loses entitlement to DOD health care services. Allows such temporary coverage for up to 36 months after the loss of such entitlement.

(Sec. 706) Amends the Warner Act to continue eligibility for TRICARE Standard coverage for certain members of the Selected Reserve.

(Sec. 707) Amends the Reagan Act to extend through FY2010 a pilot program of cooperative health care arrangements between military installations and local and regional nonmilitary health care systems. Extends related report requirements.

(Sec. 708) Includes mental health care within the definition of “health care” under the TRICARE program. Requires a report from the Secretary to the defense committees on the adequacy of access to mental health services under the TRICARE program.

The truth:

Not Voting – 6

Clinton (D-NY)
McCain (R-AZ)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Obama (D-IL)
Thune (R-SD)
Warner (R-VA)

(HT: Scott Jacobs, Quenta Green)

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