Skip to comments.VA Expects Obamacare to Boost Healthcare Numbers [are vets exempt from Obamacare?]
Posted on 09/23/2013 6:50:28 PM PDT by NewJerseyJoe
When the Affordable Care Act -- better known as Obamacare -- goes into full effect next year, the Department of Veterans Affairs expects to see its veteran patient population grow by about 66,000, a senior VA official told Congress on Wednesday.
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They have also said that veterans and their dependents enrolled in VA healthcare meet the individual responsibility requirement and so are exempt from any penalty for not carrying private insurance or being in a state program.
Does anything have any additional verification/backup for the claim that veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare system are exempt from Obamacare?
Last sentence should be “Does anyONE” (not “anything”) — sorry
The VA sent me a letter stating that my healthcare won’t change. But, of course, they may be among the last to know.
Vets get standby health care if they qualify by earning less than 25 G per year, or so.
It’s for the indigent.
They=ir care is substandard, as much as the VA tries, because the vets are put at the baottom of the list for this and everything else.
Medical schools use the VA system for training, and vets are the most patient in the country, as patients.
They are inundated with post traumatic stress disorder, amputees, burn patients, head injuries, people with no families, former active duty wives abandoned by PTSD husbands.
What do you want from them?
BO tried to take their care away within two months of being inaugurated in 2009. They’ll be first on the list after he gets full control.
If you think all vets have VA benefits, you are wrong. Qualification takes place every year and it is low income based or disability earned.
And one must attend a VA facility, they’re not referring out anywhere.
So why don’t you just lay off of them and go after Cornyn of McConnell and get them off our backs. The vets have nothing to do with this, and they certainly have contributed enough.
You want something from a homeless vet?
A nephew worked on the law and he says enrolling in VA health care counts as coverage- so one does not have to pay the penalty “tax”.
That’s not the same as “exempt”- it’s fulfilling the obligation Obamacare puts upon people to enroll in a health care insurance plan whether they want to or not.
VA, Affordable Care Act and You
What is the Affordable Care Act?
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. The health care law does not change VA health benefits or Veterans out-of-pocket costs.
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 dont 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.
Veterans Enrolled in VA Health Care
The good news is that Veterans enrolled in VA health care programs have health coverage that meets the new health care laws standard. You do not have to take any additional steps to have health coverage. Read more if enrolled
Veterans Not Enrolled in VA Health Care
Veterans not currently enrolled in VA health care program can apply for enrollment at any time. Read more about enrolling
VA offers health care benefits for certain family members of Veterans through programs such as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) and the Spina Bifida program. Read more about VA family programs
Your family members who are not enrolled in a VA health care program should use the Marketplace to get coverage.
Additional Health Care Law Information
We understand you may have questions about the health care law and how it might affect you and your family. We compiled basic information about the health care law to help you make informed decisions about your health care. Let us know if you have questions regarding the health care law and your VA health care at 1-877-222-VETS (8387). After all, ensuring you receive quality health care is not just our obligation, its also our privilege.
To qualify for Champva under the VA one has to be seriously in bad shape.
The VA does not care for family members.
Anyone wanting into this system can enlist or get commissioened, serve time and get out and make less than 25 g per year.
Otherwise, they can just leave the vets alone.
If Im enrolled in a VA health care program, do I meet the requirement for health care coverage?
Yes. If you are enrolled in any of VAs programs below, you have coverage under the standards of the health care law:
* Veterans health care program
* Civilian Health and Medical program (CHAMPVA)
* Spina bifida health care program
Yes, the penalty having been paid by having served.
Anyone wanting in can get into that fraternity, if they qualify.
Anyone hinting or otherwise declaring that the VA benefits are anything close to a handout is in need of character assessment.
And? I do not see how Obamacare will increase the VA demand. VA coverate is “creditable coverage” under both Obamcare and Part D drug plans.
It is OK to have VA and other coverage, but not required.
I’m service-connected, so the means test doesn’t apply, but it’s true that my wife isn’t covered in any way.
Which would include pretty much all my New Jersey relatives.
What, that served, or that they want VA benefits but they don’t want to, you know, actually BE IN the military?
They sort of think that anyone collecting benefits form service is the same as a taker?
No, they feel that veterans and retired military are freeloaders who’ve already been paid for “killing brown people” and shouldn’t be receiving any more benefits.
Something is going on with the veteran’s plan. Had a call from a patient wanting an appointment. His father is the insured and he is the dependent and is now going to college in Texas but his PCP is located in a city almost 300 miles from here. Had to send in written justification for him seeing one of my docs, who is a Tricare provider, rather than their suggestion that “perhaps he could just drive to his PCP’s office on a Friday afternoon”.
Every call to them lately to get an authorization has met with the same rhetoric - even when one of my docs, who are Tricare providers, is 12 miles from a local address versus 8 miles to another Tricare provider.
I’m service connected also. My wife uses CHAMPVA as her second insurer. Works pretty good.
No, but I dug out my very old VA Benefits card a couple weeks ago and will be visiting them soon to reopen my account.
Never signed up for VA benefits.
Can I get my civilian insurance premiums retroactively refunded?
Can I sign up now, for when I lose my job in the future and earn under 25K a year?
What VA benefits?
“They have also said that veterans and their dependents enrolled in VA healthcare meet the individual responsibility requirement and so are exempt from any penalty for not carrying private insurance or being in a state program.”
I also received a letter from the VA tellng me the same thing.
There are some good people in the VA, but.....
My father fought in Korea. Two years ago, he thought his leukemia might be coming back. He went to the VA clinic. They took a blood sample. He didn’t hear anything from them. He called the Patient Advocate. He still didn’t hear anything about his blood test. He was just looking for the results. He called the VA Inspector General. Still, no results or communication. He died from leukemia. Now, he did eventually go for a blood test from a civilian clinic, but I wonder if they could have saved him if they had found that the leukemia was back earlier. The only people who want government health care are those who have never had it.
yes, he's now on tricare....
but we never understood why he was denied...his brothers are both in....
I'm told by people that seem to know is it really depends if you were in a war zone..in my bil's case, his plane landed in Viet Nam for 20" and he qualified...
Go to a VA hospital (James A. Haley), and ask to see "Eligibility." You have various (and different) benefits depending when you were active duty, service connected disability, etc.. Take your DD form 214. Shouldn't take more than an hour.
The only thing in 0bamacare that I have read is that the VA "shall report." Like JimRob, I got a letter stating that "nothing changes" regarding my health care.
Then again, I trust my government less and less each day.
I don’t know. I do know it’s a low limit on income. And family members do not qualify - it’s NOT Tricare. Tricare is a good deal at the moment, but BO will mess that up as loo as no one’s looking if he can.
Hell, veterans were on Obamacare before there was Obamacare!
I’m use the VA. Our combined income is a little over $41,000 and the treatment isn’t free. I have co-pays for office visits and drugs. My four preventive doctor’s visits per year is free.
What irks me is they base the charges based on what I earned two years ago. I made a lot more money two years ago than I do now.
maybe if you become muslim or amish?
The VA sent me a letter stating I have the minimum necessary to not do Obamacare.
No idea what it was about, told her we are staying clear of anything to do with that abortion. She was not aware of how the thing is riddled with provisions for collection and recording of personal info by the federal bureaucracy.
FUBO and FUNSA!
Go back in and do a means test.
Looks like it is time for me to sign up with the VA (and medicare).
I’m retired military and received a similar letter concerning TRICARE.
The key word here is ENROLLED. It is not automatic. One must actually fill out a couple of forms. Take a physical if not had a recent one. Receive a picture DVA ID card,etc. Also, show up once a year for an appointment, otherwise, you get dropped.
Many have VA and other coverage and primarily use the private. If the cost of the private increases they may give it up and use the VA