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Old 08-09-2013, 07:33 PM   #1
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Default How will Affordable Care Act affect veterans? New VA website has answers

This is for all the veterans, from the VA.

http://www.va.gov/health/aca/

http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20130809/BENEFITS06/308090020/How-will-Affordable-Care-Act-affect-veterans-New-VA-website-has-answers

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The Veterans Affairs Department has launched a new website explaining the likely impact of the Affordable Care Act on former troops and their families.

The site addresses questions such as whether the law affects those already receiving VA health care (it doesn’t), who is eligible for VA care, and options available to uninsured family members.

Under the Affordable Care Act, veterans who qualify for VA health care — including all who fall into the Veterans Affairs Department’s eight health care priority groups — do not have to buy health insurance under the law’s requirement that all individuals must have coverage.

VA wants all eligible veterans who aren’t already in the system to visit the website and sign up.

“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,” VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said.

For eligible veterans, VA health care carries no enrollment fees, monthly premiums or deductibles.

According to VA data, nearly 8.6 million veterans are enrolled in the Veterans Health Administration. An estimated 6.6 million more of the nation’s 23 million veterans are eligible, but many have other insurance.

VA believes that roughly 1.3 million veterans are uninsured and may be eligible for VA care.

Nearly 1 million spouses and children of veterans also do not have health insurance. For them, the law created a health insurance marketplace where the uninsured can shop for a policy.

By law, U.S. citizens who do not have health insurance and do not qualify for government programs could face penalties starting in January. Annual fines would start at $95 for an adult, $47.50 for a child and $285 per family or 1 percent of family income, whichever is greater.

In 2016 and beyond, fines would rise to $695 per adult and $347.50 per child; and $2,085 per family or 2.5 percent of family income, whichever is greater.

The fines would be paid out of an individual’s tax return.

Federal and many state marketplaces or insurance exchanges are set to open for business on Oct. 1.
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Federal and many state marketplaces or insurance exchanges are set to open for business on Oct. 1.
That part is inacurate. I think it's not ready at the federal level and the Dems are trying to delay and the Reps are trying to defund.
"Many" at the state level may also be overstated too, because only a few states are setting up exchanges. Over 30 have rejected the state exchanges I believe. Some are still undecided, and not ready to open on Oct 1st regardless. Obamacare is a big mess and a big mistake for our kids. At least the military was kept aside. The only other lucky ones are the "friends" getting waivers to opt out.

The military terminology to describe Obamacare is FUBAR (F'ed up beyond all recognition)
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Thanks for posting this Big, I draw healthcare from the VA and I was wondering how Obamacare was going to affect that.
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How many Americans Veterans will be disarmed? Obama has 40,000 armed IRS agents ready to enforce these laws. I expect to see the IRS agent disarm Veterans for their own well being. Watch this one very close.
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According to a new report, typical families would pay almost double under the Romney medical care plan than they would under so-called "Obamacare. Families would pay double under Romney healthcare plan
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According to a new report, typical families would pay almost double under the Romney medical care plan than they would under so-called "Obamacare. Families would pay double under Romney healthcare plan
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It will all eventally stop... this plan will not work for alot of Americans and most people will not pay the fines, you can't even get the welfare people to pay......what a joke this is.
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at no point in time would I ever have thought "Man thank God that IED made me a disabled Vet" ,but Obamacare sure changed my outlook on that.
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VA care is improving.

There was a time when you walked in the VA hospital and had to watch out for beds in hall ways.

One does not have to be disabled to use the VA. Only be a vet.
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VA care is improving. There was a time when you walked in the VA hospital and had to watch out for beds in hall ways. One does not have to be disabled to use the VA. Only be a vet.
There are financial restrictions (I.e., if you make too much, you don't qualify for free care) for general care.

The exceptions (any care, any time) are for theater Vets.

I signed up for VA care "just in case" and was rejected because of income. I'm a Vietnam-era Vet, but I was never sent overseas.
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