The most recent version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (S.2943) has the potential to eliminate certain health care providers from the Military Health System. This includes Pediatricians, OB-Gyns and other essential providers of health care to infants, children and families of members of our Armed Forces. In addition, the bill provides for the elimination of many DoD Graduate Medical Education programs, further weakening the source of new providers for our military families. The Pediatric Endocrine Society, along with a number of similar societies, has signed on to a letter urging the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to reconsider these provisions in S. 2943.
PES members are encouraged to read this letter and contact your senator or representative to advocate for adequate access to health care for all members of our military families.