Health & Safety

December 20, 2013

TRICARE, the Affordable Care Act, and you

Question: Do TRICARE beneficiaries meet health care requirements established by the Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care reform law?

Answer: In most instances, yes.

The Affordable Care Act requires individuals to maintain basic health care coverage called minimum essential coverage. This is the type of coverage an individual needs to have to meet the individual responsibility requirement under the Affordable Care Act. This includes individual market policies, job-based coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, TRICARE and certain other coverage programs.

If you’re using any of the following health plans, you have the minimum essential coverage required by the health care reform law:

* TRICARE Prime

* TRICARE Prime Remote

* TRICARE Prime Overseas

* TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas

* TRICARE Standard and Extra

* TRICARE Standard Overseas

* TRICARE For Life

* TRICARE Reserve Select (if purchased)

* TRICARE Retired Reserve (if purchased)

* TRICARE Young Adult (if purchased)

* US Family Health Plan

Unless you’re considering other health coverage, you don’t need to take any action at this time.

What about Transitional Health Plans? You also have minimum essential coverage if you are covered by either of these transitional health plans:

* Transitional Assistance Management Program (premium-free, 180 days)

* Continued Health Care Benefit Program (if purchased, 18-36 months)

Individuals only eligible for care at military hospitals and clinics and not covered by any other TRICARE plan (as listed above), do not meet minimum essential coverage requirements.

Starting Jan. 1, 2014, if someone doesn’t have a health plan that qualifies as minimum essential coverage, he or she may have to pay a fee that increases every year: from 1 percent of income (or $95 per adult, whichever is higher) in 2014 to 2.5 percent of income (or $695 per adult) in 2016. The fee for children is half the adult amount. The fee is paid on the 2014 federal income tax form, which is completed in 2015. People with very low incomes and others may be eligible for waivers.

For more information on TRICARE and the Affordable Care Act check out these websites http://tricare.mil/Welcome/About/MEC.aspx?sc_database=web or https://www.healthcare.gov/.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Eagle Eyes promotes community’s involvement in security

Security forces defend the base, but everyone can help ensure Edwards Air Force Base is safe and sound through the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Eagle Eyes program. Law enforcement officers rely on the eyes and ears of the entire community. If Airmen or citizens notice anything out of the norm or suspicious, either...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Brad White

Winter fire safety tips

Air Force photograph by Brad White The aftermath of a resident fire in the Edwards AFB housing area last month. Recently, Edwards AFB encountered a fire in the housing area that could have been devastating to all involved. The ...
 
 
smoke-out

2014 Great American Smokeout Nov. 20

Join Edwards AFB and the American Cancer Society in observing the Great American Smokeout Nov. 20. All employees are invited to join in this observance, by setting a quit day, or by supporting your colleagues on this day. Sta...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

Guest speaker motivates at ‘DREAM’ team luncheon

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Eric Lipp, founder and executive director of the Open Doors Organization, shared his story at the Edwards AFB Disability Rights Employment Awareness Luncheon at Club Muroc Oct. 28. (U.S. Ai...
 
 

Step up to better health with AFMC’s challenge

Do you have ‘sitting disease’? Too much time sitting down may put you at risk for health problems. When muscles don’t contract, they require less fuel, and the surplus of sugar that accumulates in the bloodstream contributes to health concerns. Research has shown that sitting for long periods of time – watching TV or at...
 
 

Nurturing relationships and a culture of caring*

When life gets challenging, stressors can build and conflicts can escalate, sometimes leading to abuse. Preventing domestic abuse is fundamental to basic relationship maintenance. Partners in healthy relationships work together every day to nurture their relationship, taking care to address issues and concerns when they occur. Healthy relationships should be safe, respectful and positive. Octob...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>