Military beneficiaries not required to register for additional coverage

Published 9:11 am Friday, December 11, 2015

In light of recent questions regarding whether enrollment in the Veterans Administration health care system qualifies as insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Veterans Service Officer David Batchelder offers some insight.
“VA health care does meet the requirement to have health care coverage that meets the minimum standard, and veterans enrolled with the VA do not have to have additional health insurance coverage,” said Batchelder.
Additionally, he said that per ACA requirements, most taxpayers are required to declare that they have minimum health coverage on their federal tax form.
“Between now and the end of January all veterans with VA health care coverage in 2015 will receive a letter detailing this coverage and an IRS form 1095-B, “Health Coverage,” that has to be submitted with their tax return,” he said.
Beneficiaries who have CHAMPVA insurance though the VA, and military retirees with TRICARE insurance will also receive this form in the mail.
Batchelder welcomes questions concerning this or any other VA benefits and may be reached at (423)542-1824.

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