VA launches healthcare awareness

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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 wellbeing,” said U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki in a release to the media. “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.”
Veterans can apply for VA health care at any time by visiting www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387), or visiting their local VA health care facility.  Full details on eligibility are available at
VA’s 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. 
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 more information, visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-877-222-VETS (8387).

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