Health & Safety

June 20, 2014

Ask the Doc

doctor
Q.“How does the Affordable Care Act affect TRICARE?”

A.The Affordable Care Act has no direct effect on TRICARE since a different set of statutes under the authority of the Department of Defense and the Secretary of Defense apply to TRICARE. Eligibility, covered benefits, cost shares and all other features of the TRICARE program remain in place.
The new health care law requires every citizen in the U.S. have minimum essential coverage by 2014.
If you are a TRICARE beneficiary, TRICARE may help you meet this requirement.
For information on:
• TRICARE and the Affordable Care Act, visit www.tricare.mil/aca or call your TRICARE contractor.
• The fee you may have to pay if you don’t have health coverage, visit http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/The-Individual-Shared-Responsibility-Payment
– An-Overview.
• The Health Insurance Marketplace, visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.
• The Affordable Care Act, visit www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/timeline/index.html.

Need Medical Help?
Call the Nurse Advice Line
1-800-TRICARE or 1-800-874-2273
Option 1

Send your questions to askthedoc@nellis.af.mil.




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