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:
The Health Insurance Marketplace helps individuals find health coverage. On the Marketplace, some people may be eligible for lower costs on premiums and out-of-pocket costs based on their income. The 2021 Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period is November 1, 2021, through December 15, 2021.
Yes. If you are enrolled in any of VA’s programs below, you have coverage under the standards of the health care law:
The Affordable Care Act requires most U.S. taxpayers to declare they have minimum essential health coverage on their federal tax form. In December, VA will begin a mailed letter effort to notify all enrollees and beneficiaries of their VA health care coverage period in 2020. Included with the letter will be IRS Form 1095-B, “Health Coverage,” which details VA health care coverage in 2020. Veterans and beneficiaries should use this form to complete the 2020 income tax forms. The law also requires VA to provide this information to the Internal Revenue Service. Mailings are expected to be completed by the end of March 2021. For more information, visit www.healthcare.gov.
You can apply for VA health care at any time by visiting www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting your local VA health care facility.
Visit VA’s website at https://www.va.gov/health-care/about-affordable-care-act/, or call us at 1-877-222-VETS (8387) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Eastern. For more information about the Marketplace, visit www.healthcare.gov.