I am a veteran. What do I need to know?


  There are three things veterans should know about their health care options.

  1. Veterans Affairs wants all veterans to receive health care that improves their health and well-being.
  2. If you are enrolled in veteran’s (VA) health care, you do not need to take additional steps to meet the Affordable Care Act coverage standards and requirements. 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.

Additionally, enrollment in VA health care means you can enjoy:

  • Medical care rated among the best in the U.S.
  • Immediate benefits of health care coverage. Veterans may apply for VA health care enrollment at any time.
  • No enrollment fee, monthly premiums or deductibles. Most veterans have no out-of-pocket costs. Some veterans may have a small co-payments for health care or prescription drugs.
  • More than 1,700 places to get your care. This means your coverage can go with you if you travel or move.

Veterans Enrolled in VA Health Care

For those currently enrolled in VA health care programs, your health care coverage meets the requirements under the Affordable Care Act. You have met the requirement to have health insurance beginning in 2014. You do not have to take any additional steps to get health care coverage.

Depending on your income, you may also qualify for free or low cost coverage from Medicaid. Find out more on our I Need Health Insurance.

Veterans Not Enrolled in VA Health Care

Veterans not currently enrolled in VA health care program can apply for enrollment at any time. Remember, most people will be required to have health insurance coverage beginning In January 2014, or pay a penalty if they do not.

Depending on your income, you may also qualify for free or low cost coverage from Medicaid. Find out more on our I Need Health Insurance.

Where to Get Your Questions Answered

The VA has developed resources about the health care law specifically for veterans and their families. Veterans should visit VA.gov/ACA or call 1-877-222-VETS (8387).

You can also talk with your local County Veteran Service Officer about your VA health care options. Click here to find the County Veteran Service Officer in your community.

You can also see our frequently asked questions.