What is the Affordable Care Act?
The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage to all Americans, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination. Under the health care law, people will have:
  • health coverage that meets a minimum standard (called “minimum essential coverage”) by January 1, 2014;
  • qualify for an exemption; or
  • make a payment when filing their taxes if they have affordable options but remain uninsured.

In 2014, Health Insurance Marketplaces will be a new way to find health coverage. On the Marketplaces, some people may be eligible for lower costs on health premiums and out-of-pocket costs based on their income.

At a glance

  • VA wants all Veterans to get health care that improves their health and well-being.
  • 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.
  • If you are not enrolled in VA health care, you can apply at any time.

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1. What is the Affordable Care Act?
2. What happens if I do not have health coverage?
3. If I’m enrolled in a VA health care program, do I meet the requirement for health care coverage?
4. What are the benefits of enrollment in VA health care?
5. How do I enroll for VA health care coverage?
6. Can I continue to use VA health care with other programs, like private insurance or federal health care programs?
7. What’s the Health Insurance Marketplace?
8. I am enrolled in a VA health care program. Would I be eligible for assistance to pay health insurance premiums on the Marketplace if I choose to purchase health care outside of VA?
9. How will I know if I’m eligible for assistance to purchase health insurance outside of VA?
10. Are my family members (who aren’t eligible for VA or other federal health care programs) eligible for assistance to purchase health insurance?
11. Can I cancel my VA health care coverage?
12. Where can I get more information?