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Bill Aims to Extend Military Health Coverage

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Georgia Army National Guard Capt. Chad Tyson receives a hug from son Chase during a welcome home ceremony for the Georgia National Guard's Agribusiness Development Team III, which returned home to Marietta, Ga., after a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan. Specially trained by the University of Georgia Agricultural Science Department, ADT 3 assisted Afghan farmers in improving crop yield, food storage practices, and water conservation.

A bill was introduced to Congress this week that would allow dependents of military families to stay on their parents’ health insurance policies until age 26. Currently, children can stay on the insurance only until age 21, with some exceptions. Congressman Michael Walz of Florida’s 6th district, one of the bill’s sponsors, commented at a news conference Thursday that improving health insurance benefits will help the military maintain good people.

“This is a major recruiting and retention issue. We can’t have our military members worried about their families when they go downrange to take care of the nation’s business and national security,” said Walz.

The bipartisan bill is cosponsored by Congresswoman Elaine Luria of Virginia. Its next step will be to the Armed Services Committee.

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