Congressman Steve Stivers today announced that two of his veterans bills, the HIRE at Home Act and the TRICARE for Kids Act, were included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the House today. The NDAA was passed by a conference committee this week and is expected to be taken up by the Senate in the near future.
WASHINGTON D.C.– Congressman Steve Stivers today announced that two of his veterans bills, the HIRE at Home Act and the TRICARE for Kids Act, were included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the House today. The NDAA was passed by a conference committee this week and is expected to be taken up by the Senate in the near future.
The HIRE at Home Act was introduced by Congressmen Steve Stivers (R – OH) and Tim Walz (D – MN) to help make it easier for returning veterans in the fields of health care and transportation to find employment once they are home. This bill would make it possible for service members who are trained by the military to do jobs such as truck driver or nursing assistant to receive the necessary certification to do those equivalent jobs in the private sector when they leave service.
“By allowing military training in a comparable field to count toward certification in the private sector, it will help get veterans back to work more quickly once they return home,” Stivers said. “There is no reason if someone can perform a job when serving in a war zone, they can’t do the exact same job back home, once they leave the military.”
Stivers introduced TRICARE for Kids with Representatives Bobby Schilling (R-IL) and Susan Davis (D-CA). Stivers collaborated with Nationwide Children’s Hospital on this legislation. TRICARE for Kids works to assist the Department of Defense in its efforts to develop and encourage health care practices designed to address the specific health care needs of military children.
"Nationwide Children's recognizes the leadership of Congressman Steve Stivers on behalf of doing what is best for children's health in the National Defense Authorization Act," said Steve Allen, MD, Nationwide Children's Hospital CEO. "The Defense Department study is based on his bipartisan TRICARE for Kids legislation for health care for children in military families. The provision will study access to quality care and also look more broadly at support and linkages for children with special health care needs."
The bill accomplishes this through a working group convened by the Secretary of Defense. The working group will be comprised of a full spectrum of experts on children’s health care and military families, and it will comprehensively review TRICARE health care policies and practices to make recommendations that specifically account for children’s health care and pediatric care settings.
“The dedication and sacrifices that our military and their families make are the reasons why we are able to enjoy an unparalleled level of freedom in this country,” Stivers said. “We owe them a great debt of gratitude, and TRICARE for Kids is one way we can show our military families our appreciation.”
A career soldier, Stivers has served over 27 years in the Ohio Army National Guard and holds the rank of Colonel. He served the United States overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar and Djibouti.