How Does The Affordable Care Act Affect Veterans?

2:01 AM, Oct 1, 2013   |    comments
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The 38,000 veterans currently enrolled in the Department of Veteran Affairs health care system in Central Georgia will not be affected by the Affordable Care Act online "marketplace" that opens Tuesday.

Health insurance under the VA meets the minimal standards that the new health care law requires, so veterans in the program will not have to take any additional steps to get coverage.

Benefits and out-of-pocket costs under the VA health care system also will not change. Most veterans currently receive free care and services (depending on income and service connection).

That means there are no enrollment fees, monthly premiums or deductibles.

According to the Department of Veteran Affairs office in Dublin, the average annual out-of-pocket costs for veterans in 2012 was $422. 

If you are a veteran under the VA health care system, your family members may also be eligible to receive health care benefits.

If they are not, they can enroll in the online "marketplace" on Tuesday at www.healthcare.gov.

If you have other forms of health coverage, such as Medicaid or TRICARE, you can also continue to use VA with these plans.

If you do choose to cancel your VA health care enrollment, keep in mind that although you may reapply at any time, there is a possibility you can be denied. 

You can log on to http://www.va.gov/ for more information on how to enroll in VA health benefits.

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