Veterans

August 9, 2013

VA reaches out to veterans about the health care law

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an awareness campaign and a new website, www.va.gov/aca, to let veterans know what the Affordable Care Act means for them and their families.

Veterans receiving health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs will see no change in their benefits or out-of-pocket costs when portions of the Affordable Care Act take effect next year.

VA wants all veterans to receive health care that improves their health and well-being,î said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. If you are enrolled in VA health care, you do not need to take any additional steps to meet the health care law coverage standards. If you are not enrolled in VA health care, you can apply at any time.

VA encourages eligible veterans who are not enrolled in VA’s health care system to take advantage of the world-class care we provide to the men and women who have served this nation in uniform, Shinseki added.

Veterans can apply for VA health care at any time by visiting www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, calling 877-222-8387, or visiting their local VA health care facility. Full details on eligibility are available here.

VAís health care system for veterans has no enrollment fee, no monthly premiums and no deductibles. Most veterans also have no out-of-pocket costs, though some may have small copayments for some health care or prescription drugs.

ìVA will continue to provide veterans with high quality, comprehensive health care and other benefits they have earned through their service,î said Dr. Robert Petzel, VAís chief physician and under secretary for health.

The Affordable Care Act was created to expand access to coverage, reduce rising health care costs, and improve health care quality and care coordination. The Affordable Care Act creates new opportunities for coverage for uninsured veterans and their families.

There are more than 1.3 million veterans and more than 950,000 spouses and children of veterans without health insurance. Most uninsured veterans are eligible for VA health care. For those who are not eligible for VA care such as veteransí family members ñ the law created a new Health Insurance Marketplace.

In 2014, the Marketplace will be a new way to shop for and purchase private health insurance. People who purchase insurance through the Marketplace may be able to lower the costs of health insurance coverage by paying lower monthly premiums. For more information, visit www.healthcare.gov.

For information about VA health care and the Affordable Care Act, people can visit the new website or call 877-222-8387, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., or Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Eastern time. The new website includes a Health Benefits Explorer, where veterans can learn about the benefits they can receive if they enroll in VA care.

For more retiree news and information, please visit www.retirees.af.mil.




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