When portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) take effect next year, Veterans receiving health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs will see no change in their benefits or out-of-pocket costs.
However, there are more than 1.3 million Veterans and more than 950,000 spouses and children of Veterans without health insurance. Many uninsured Veterans are eligible for VA health care.
VA is working hard to ensure that enrolled Veterans know that they don't have to do anything to comply with ACA, and eligible Veterans who are not enrolled should take advantage of the VA health care benefits they have earned.
For those who are not eligible for VA care – such as Veterans’ family members – 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, VA encourages Veterans and family members to visit the new website at www.va.gov/aca, or call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. or Saturdays from 11a.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.