Pa. Gov. Rendell Urges State Pick Up National Guard Life Insurance Tab

August 22, 2005

  • March 22, 2006 at 9:54 am
    Jon Eich says:
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    Help the 3,350+ members of the Pennsylvania National Guard who have been called to active duty. They are currently paying for life insurance offered by the government out of their military stipends.

    In August 2005, the Associated Press reported, \”Most National Guard soldiers and airmen are enrolled in a life insurance plan made available by the federal government known as Servicemembers\’ Group Life Insurance. In July, Congress raised the maximum amount of coverage to $400,000, from $250,000, while increasing the annual premium to $312.\”

    Legislation has been pending in the PA Legislature that would pay for this life insurance for active duty members of the Guard. The bill is House Bill 1068, which was introduced on March 23, 2005 – 1 YEAR AGO. It was passed by the PA House on December 20, 2005, and introduced in the PA Senate on January 6, 2006, where it was referred to the Banking and Insurance Committee.

    The cost of providing life insurance to active duty members of the Guard would be $1 million a year. The state has a budget surplus of over $300 million this year. No program cuts or additional taxes would be necessary to provide this benefit for the members of the PA Guard.

    This important bill has taken a year to move through the legislature — an anniversary which never should have occurred.

    YOU CAN HELP. Contact your state senator and the state senators listed below to ask for swift approval of House Bill 1068:

    Gibson E. Armstrong, Chair
    Banking & Insurance Committee

    Jake Corman
    34th District and Banking & Insurance Committee

    Thank you for your help with this important matter.

    Jon Eich

    Jon Eich for State Senate – 34th District
    Committee to Elect Jon Eich
    PO Box 875
    State College, PA 16804
    Phone: 814-876-2264 (cell)
    Fax: 814-231-4081

  • December 13, 2006 at 6:25 am
    Wayne Martin says:
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    The beneficiaries of National Guard members who die in the line of duty are already entitled to:

    $100,000 from the general fund (Act 101)

    $1,000 from Pennsylvania National Guard Association Group Term Life Insurance Program

    Free tuition at state-related schools

    Probably several other programs I don\’t even know about.

    I served as an officer in the Pennsylvania National Guard for over 10 years and several overseas deployments. I urge you not to pass this bill. Instead consider funding a health insurance program for all members of the National Guard, so that when called for duty they can ALL pass the medical screening and deploy. Currently, the healthy soldiers are constantly deployed, while the unhealthy soldiers stay home. These unhealthy soldiers remain in the Guards long enough to collect on all the benefits the legislature keeps handing out.

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