Veterans Affected by ObamaCare
October 18, 2013
Delaware County Veteran Affairs officer
There is much confusion about how the Affordable Care Act is going to affect veteransí health care.
The VA health care system will be affected because starting in 2014, anyone who is uninsured may have to make a mandatory payment when they file their taxes. This payment will be phased-in starting at $95, or 1 percent of taxable income in 2014. Consequently, veterans who are uninsured are likely to apply for VA health care.
Veterans who are now enrolled donít need to do anything to meet the health care standards.
A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and has an honorable discharge may qualify for VA health care benefits. Reservists and National Guard members may also qualify for benefits if they were called to active duty by a federal order.
Veterans must meet the Minimum Duty Requirements and, in some cases, be subject to a means test that determines whether or not they are eligible. Veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Vietnam or who have a service connected disability, do not have to pass a means test.
During enrollment, each veteran will be assigned to a priority group, which determines whether they will have any co-pays. If accepted, the VA Hospital (or clinic) will schedule a blood test and an appointment with a primary provider. They recommend that you keep any health care coverage that you have if you can afford it.
They can apply online, or at the local VA Clinic or medical center.