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VETERANS' CORNER: What to know about Affordable Care Act

on February 02, 2014 1:45 AM

• EDITOR’S NOTE: Veterans’ Corner, a column to inform armed-forces veterans about services and benefits available to them, appears the first Sunday of each month.

The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to coverage, control health care costs and improve health care quality and care coordination.

Three things you should know:

1. VA wants all veterans to receive health care that improves their health and well-being.

2. If you are enrolled in VA health care, you don’t need to take additional steps to meet the health care law coverage standards. The health care law does not change VA health benefits or veterans’ out-of-pocket costs.

3. If you are not enrolled in VA health care, you can apply at any time.

If you are enrolled in any of VA’s programs below, you have coverage under the standards of the health care law.

• Veterans Health Care Program

• Civilian Health and Medical Program

• Spina bifida health care program

You don’t need to do anything more. You can continue to enjoy VA health care, which means you have:

• Medical care rated among the best in the U.S.

• Immediate benefits of health care coverage.

Veterans may apply for VA health care enrollment at any time.

• No enrollment fee, monthly premiums, or deductibles. Most veterans have no out-of-pocket costs.

Some veterans may have to pay small co-payments for health care or prescription drugs.

• More than 1,700 places available to get your care. This means your coverage can go with you if you travel or move.

The goal of the VA health care system is to achieve excellence in patient care and customer satisfaction. VA’s medical mission is singular: to serve veterans by providing the highest quality health care available anywhere in the world. America’s veterans deserve nothing less.

If you have questions, call Brenda Stormer at the Veterans Affairs Office, (724) 465-3815.

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