Sunday, March 9, 2014

Veterans Using VA Health Care Meet Requirements For ACA (Obamacare)


Veterans who already have Veteran Affairs health care are covered under the new Affordable  Care Act requirements.
Any veterans who are already enrolled in VA health care are also not required to take any additional steps to meet ACA coverage standards. Enrolled veterans can also continue to use VA and other federal health care coverage such as Medicaid, Medicare, TRI-CARE, and private insurance.
However, non-enrollment in medical insurance for veterans and non-veterans alike can prove costly. Penalties applied to an individual’s taxes will begin being issued in 2014.
The penalty will be $95 or 1 percent of taxable income, whichever is greater, and those penalties will rise significantly in the next two years. For those veterans who aren’t insured, there is still time to get enrolled in VA health care.
Contact the nearest VA facility, or try your county/state Veterans Office. Help is also available through Veterans Service Organizations such as the American Legion, VFW, AMVETS. etc/
Veterans can also apply online by submitting the VA Form 1010EZ atVA 1010ez, or over the phone by dialing 1-877-222-VETS (8387) from Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Those veterans who apply and don’t qualify should apply again annually because the qualifications change every year.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996