An Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) medical insurance issue that
originated from the Fort McCoy fiscal year (FY) 2008 AFAP conference
and other top issues from the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) and
U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) level AFAP conferences will be
forwarded to the Department of the Army (DA) AFAP conference. The DA
AFAP conference will be held Jan. 26-30, 2009 in Alexandria, VA.
The five top issues from the FORSCOM AFAP Conference included
one that came from the Fort McCoy AFAP process: the availability of
TRICARE Prime healthcare insurance.
Ann Wermer, Fort McCoy AFAP program manager, said the issue,
which tied for fourth most important issue at the conference, was
reworked from information submitted by Fort McCoy AFAP personnel.
The issue revolves around retirees, students, and voluntarily
geographically separated military families in the North and West
regions having to travel distances to a Prime service area or choose
TRICARE Standard which is more costly. The lack of TRI-CARE Prime
service availability creates a financial hardship and affects the
health and well-being of beneficiaries residing in these regions.
TRICARE South is enrolling retirees in existing networks established
for TRICARE Prime Remote.
Fort McCoy military personnel eligible for TRICARE medical
coverage currently are covered under the TRICARE Remote option.
Because of this, their family members who live in the North and West
TRICARE regions have to travel to a TRICARE Prime service area or
choose TRICARE Standard, which is more costly to the beneficiary and
The top five issues from the FORSCOM AFAP Conference were
submitted to the DA AFAP Conference for further consideration, Wermer
The other FORSCOM issues to advance were (to eliminate) the
Indefinite Re-enlistment Program, (to increase staffing to reduce)
Shortages of Medical Providers in Military Treatment Facilities, (to
authorize for all deployed Soldiers) Rest and Recuperation Leave, (to
increase the coverage from $400,000 to $1 million) for Service Members
Group Life Insurance Coverage, and (to change the way dependents are
calculated and give local commanders increased latitude to determine
the (Military Housing Area mileage) in their area for) Basic Allowance
The top issues for the Army Reserve AFAP Conference were 1.
(two-way tie) Temporary Military Access Card for Guardians Designated
in Deployed Soldiers' Family Care Plan and Health Care Access for Army
Reserve Soldiers and Family Members in Remote Overseas Locations, 2.
(two-way tie) Student Loan Repayment Program For Army Reserve Company
Grade Officers and Exceptional Family Member Program For Reserve
Component Soldiers and 3. Marketing of Army Reserve Child and Youth
Wermer said these issues also were sent to the DA AFAP
Conference for consideration.
AFAP issues begin at the local level where they are submitted
Fort McCoy currently is seeking AFAP issues that will be
discussed at the installation's FY09 AFAP Conference Oct. 22-23.
Volunteers for delegates, and
facilitators, recorders, transcribers, and issue support persons are
requested by Friday, Aug. 15.
"Every issue submitted will be reviewed, monitored and
tracked to seek a resolution," Wermer said. "Issues that can
be resolved at the local level will be solved here. If issues can't be
solved at the local level, and they have a potential Armywide impact,
they will be submitted to a higher-level AFAP conference, such as
USARC or FORSCOM. Many improvements throughout the Army have come as a
result of the AFAP process."
Fort McCoy sends representatives to the conferences as funding
is available so they can bring Fort McCoy input to the process and
report back on the important issues and discussions, she said.
Maj. Sharon Russ of the 181st Infantry Brigade represented Fort
McCoy at the FORSCOM AFAP Conference.
Maj. Jonathan Cox of Fort McCoy and Sgt. 1st Class Michael
Kelley of Milwaukee represented the 84th Training Command (Leadership
Readiness) at the Army Reserve AFAP Conference. Wendy Burdick of the
84th Training Command (LR) also served as the room manager for the