Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, made health insurance plans in the United States more inclusive, affordable and accessible. The act also requires all citizens and permanent residents sign up for health insurance that meets a certain standard.As a veteran, if you are signed up for any of the VA health care programs, then you already have insurance that meets the federal standard and you do not need to do anything under the new law. If you are a veteran not enrolled in VA health care, you can apply for immediate coverage at any time. Generally, there are no enrollment fees, monthly premiums or deductibles. However, some members may have small co-payments for services or prescription drugs.Information about VA health care eligibility can be found at va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/veterans.asp.
For the full Vet to Vet, read the March 25, 2014 edition of the Lassen County Times.