When the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, it ushered in a number of big changes for millions of Americans, and many veterans wondered where they fit into the mix. Nearly all the major provisions will come into affect in 2014, and as that date draws closer, the Department of Veterans Affairs recently launched a website to answer any questions that former servicemembers are likely to have.
Among the concerns veterans are likely to have is whether they will fall under the insurance mandate if they have coverage from the VA. The good news is they won't see a change to their benefits. However, there are an estimated 1.3 million veterans and 950,000 military spouses and children who do not have health insurance. VA officials hope the new website will encourage veterans to enroll in the system.
"VA wants all Veterans to receive health care that improves their health and well-being," said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. "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."
The VA offers some impressive benefits for its members. Specifically its health care system has no enrollment fee and no monthly premiums or deductibles.