NU Online News Service, Oct. 7, 2004, 5:10 p.m. EDT
The U.S. House voted Thursday to improve access to civilian health benefits for activated members of the National Guard and Reserve.[@@]
Members moved to approve the health benefits bill, H.R. 4658, by a voice vote.
The bill would amend the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act to give activated members of the Guard and Reserve a chance to continue the health coverage offered by their civilian employers for at least 24 months. Today, activated service members can continue civilian health benefits for only 18 months.