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Federal Employees News Digest : Dec. 3, 2012
VA ramps up effort to reach women vets The Department of Veterans Affairs last month bolstered a campaign to raise aware- ness among women veterans and assure them that the agency wants to provide women with optimal health care services. Women represent 15 percent of active duty military and nearly 18 percent of National Guard and Reserve forces, and by 2020, VA estimates that women will make up 10 percent of the entire veteran popula- tion, according to a Nov. 26 news release. VA created a nationwide public service announcement as part of an ongoing effort to change the culture of the military to bet- ter meet the needs of women vets. "It is important that women veterans receive the high-quality health care and benefits they have earned through their ser- vice," VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said. Dr. Robert Petzel, undersecre- tary for health at the Veterans Health Administration, added, "Not all women who served their country identify as veter- ans and many women veterans are unaware that VA offers high-quality women's health care. One of the most important aspects of our efforts to serve women veterans is to make sure each one of them knows we're here." To see more, go to: www.va.gov/opa/press- rel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2403. An outreach toolkit is available at www.womenshealth. va.gov/toolkits.asp, and other informational materials are at www.womenshealth.va.gov/ culture_change.asp. Milestone in Tricare vaccination program Tricare said its retail pharmacy vaccina- tion program administered its one-millionth vaccine on Oct. 28. Tricare expanded its pharmacy coverage in 2011 to include the retail program. Prior to expanding coverage, administra- tion of vaccines to Tricare beneficiaries was limited primarily to physicians' offices and military treatment facilities. "The response has been phenomenal and we are excited to hit this milestone in such a short period of time," said Rear Adm. Thomas McGinnis, director of the Tricare Management Activity Pharmaceutical Operations Directorate. "Vaccines are avail- able at participating Tricare network phar- macies at no cost. And with more network pharmacies than McDonald's and Starbucks combined, there is really no excuse not to get vaccinated." Participating pharmacies and covered immunizations are listed at www.tricare.mil/ vaccines. December 3, 2012 Vol. 62, No. 21 8 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com Thrift SavingsPlanSharePrices FuNDS NoV. 26 oNe moNTH AGo oNe YeAr AGo G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund lifecycle Funds L Income L 2020 L 2030 L 2040 L 2050 Register free to get rates of return and other TSP info at: www.FederalDaily.com/pages/resources/thrift-savings-plan.aspx 14.0038 13.9876 13.7953 16.0071 15.9668 15.2027 17.7290 17.7573 14.2721 23.3464 23.1999 18.9242 19.8614 19.6338 16.3707 15.6119 15.5847 14.7264 18.4556 18.4029 16.2218 19.0983 19.0363 16.3559 19.6494 19.5796 16.5045 10.8282 10.7831 8.9334 Federal Benefits Q&A Question: "I know that the Defense of Marriage Act prevents OPM from recognizing same-sex marriages for federal work- ers living in states that allow such unions. If the Supreme Court rules that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional, will OPM immediately recognize legal same sex marriages, or will Congress need to pass legislation to allow OPM to provide spousal benefits?" Answer: In the event the Supreme Court rules that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional, it would take congressional legislation signed by the president to permit spousal benefits, including survivor annuity benefits, for federal employees who are married to same-sex spouses. Readers are encouraged to ask questions related to general employee benefits---such as CSRS, FERS, the Thrift Savings Plan, tax and estate planning, insurance, Social Security and Medicare---at the "Federal Benefits Q&A" at www.FederalSoup.com.
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