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Capitol Health Call
November 12, 2003

Genetic Discrimination Ban

JAMA. 2003;290(18):2396. doi:10.1001/jama.290.18.2396-a

President George Bush has signaled Congress that he will veto any version of a supplemental spending bill for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq if the legislation contains a provision allowing National Guard troops to enroll in Tricare, the Department of Defense health plan.

Although 20 000 reservists currently serve in Iraq and another 100 000 are mobilized in the United States to support the effort, they do not have access to government-subsidized health care. (The only exception is for reservists injured in the line of duty, who receive acute military care.) Tricare is now available only to active-duty forces and retired service members and their families.

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