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What is the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act 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.

What you should know

VA wants all Veterans to receive 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.

U.S. taxpayers are required to declare that they have health coverage on their Federal tax forms. The Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period for coverage in 2018 is November 1, 2017, through December 5, 2017.

When the 2018 Open Enrollment Period is over, you can enroll in a 2018 health insurance plan if you have a life event that qualifies you for a special enrollment period.

Veterans Enrolled in VA Health Care

The good news is that Veterans enrolled in VA health care programs have health coverage that meets the health care law’s standard and do not have to take any additional steps for health coverage under the law.

Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (The Choice Program)

In order to improve VA's ability to deliver high-quality health care to Veterans, VA expanded options for eligible Veterans to elect to use health care from non-VA entities and providers through the Choice Program.

Veterans Not Enrolled in VA Health Care

Veterans not currently enrolled in the VA health care program can apply for enrollment at any time.