News Briefs: March 27, 2015

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News Briefs

Today

Exercise-Exercise-Exercise — U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks conducts an antiterrorism/force protection exercise during the afternoon. Clinic staff may be seen evacuating the area, and Military Police vehicles and teams may be seen moving in and around the clinic. Residents may see and hear alerts and announcements from the clinic mass notification system during the exercise.

Call 433-5529.

 

ACA — On the five-year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, the Dept. of Health and Human Services is announcing that as a result of Marketplace coverage and Medicaid expansion, hospital uncompensated care costs were reduced by an estimated $7.4 billion in 2014, compared to what they would have been in the absence of the coverage expansion. Based on this analysis, Medicaid expansion states account for an estimated $5 billion of that reduction.

An additional report detailing the ways Medicaid expansion is benefiting states both directly and indirectly by generating additional federal revenue, increasing jobs and earnings, increasing Gross State Product (GSP), increasing state and local revenues (via additional provider taxes and fees and increased prescription drug rebates), and reducing uncompensated care and hospital costs, is also available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2015/MedicaidExpansion/ib_MedicaidExpansion.cfm.

TSP and the Debt Limit — As of Monday, the U.S. Treasury was unable to fully invest the Government Securities Investment (G) Fund due to the statutory ceiling on the federal debt. However, G Fund investors remain fully protected, and G Fund earnings are fully guaranteed by the federal government.

This statutory guarantee has effectively protected G Fund investors many times over the past 25 years. G Fund account balances will continue to accrue earnings and will be updated each business day, and loans and withdrawals will be unaffected.

To learn more, visit www.tsp.gov/investmentfunds/fundsheets/fundPerformance_G.shtml#debtLimit

 

VA News — The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating the way it determines eligibility for VA health care, a change that will result in more veterans having access to the health care benefits they’ve earned and deserve.

The VA eliminated the use of net worth as a determining factor for both health care programs and copayment responsibilities. This change makes VA health care benefits more accessible to lower-income veterans and reorients. Visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits or call VA toll-free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387).

In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the VA, Tuesday, announced that it will change the calculation used to determine the distance between a veteran’s residence and the nearest VA medical facility from a straight line distance to driving distance. Visit www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2687.

Also, the VA is accepting applications for the 2015 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, to be held Sept.13-18 in San Diego. The annual event is expected to attract veterans from all over the country who have sustained a variety of injuries ranging from traumatic brain injury and polytrauma, to spinal cord injury or loss of limb. The deadline to apply is May 1. Visit www.summersportsclinic.va.gov.

 

SATO — CWT/SATO Travel, Schofield Barracks, is assisting walk-ins for emergency travel or travel within five business days. Ticket exchanges will be by appointment only (going somewhere other than authorized on your travel orders).

You may email your appointment request to schofield@cwtsatotravel.com or call 1-800-349-8231.

 

31 / Tuesday

Aloha AKO — All AKO email access ends today. Users won’t be able to log into their @us.army.mil accounts. Messages sent to AKO email addresses will be forwarded to the corresponding Enterprise email address through June, and starting July 1, all email sent to an AKO address will be returned to sender as undeliverable.

Visit https://esdcrm.csd.disa.mil/app/answers/detail/a_id/88.

For problems with AKO mail, call 1-866-335-2769.

 

 April

 

20 / Monday

Winging it — Wheeler’s Wings of Lightning dining facility reopens today; until then, food is being served out of Hangar 111. Hours of operation remain the same.

Visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/logistics/services.htm for DFAC updates.

 

29 / Wednesday

Denim Day — Personnel are encouraged to wear denim jeans and a “Take A STAND!” T-shirt on April 29 and Fridays in April to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Visit www.sapr.mil or www.sexualassault.army.mil for more details.

Need help or to talk to someone? Call toll-free to 1-877-995-5247.

 

May

 

15 / Friday

End of an AERToday marks the conclusion of the 2015 Army Emergency Relief campaign, “Making a Difference.” Donation forms are available at Schofield Barracks’ Army Community Service or at any Community Readiness Expo held at the Nehelani on Thursdays.

Return completed donation forms to ACS. Call 655-7132 or visit www.aerhq.org to make an online donation.

 

June

16 / Tuesday

EEO Training — Mandatory annual training for civilian employees/supervisors and military supervisors of civilian employees takes place today and June 17 at Schofield Barracks’ Nehelani, and again at Fort Shafter’s Hale Ikena, June 22-23. Mulitiple one-hour class time slots to choose from. Call 438-4963.
Ongoing

 

Women’s History Month — Learn more about women’s contributions throughout history at www.defense.gov/home/features/2015/0315_womens-history/?source=GovDelivery.

 

Noise —Got comments? Call the 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office at (808) 655-6354 regarding exercises and training. Call the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Noise Concern Line at (808) 656-3487 to report noise concerns.

 

 

 

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