Attention Uninsured Vets: Coverage Available NOW thru January 31, 2017

Are you one of the more than 124,000 vets that do not have health insurance? Read on for steps you can take to get affordable coverage today.

Good news! If you are a military veteran and do NOT have health insurance chances are you are eligible for coverage during open enrollment—NOW through Jan. 31st.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (www.HHS.gov), making sure every veteran has access to affordable, quality health care is one of the main provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

A recent study shows that unfortunately more than 124,000 veterans fall into a “coverage gap” mostly likely because they live in 1 of the 19 states that did not elect to expand Medicaid coverage and can’t get health insurance as a result. 

Under the ACA, 31 states and District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs so you may still be eligible. Be sure to find out for certain by calling or checking online (see information below).

HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a department press release that people in every state can visit HealthCare.gov to shop for a plan and most who do so will find health coverage for less than $75 per month—after tax credits. Financial assistance is widely available to make coverage even more affordable. (Note: If you have coverage through TRICARE or the VA you don’t need to purchase additional coverage.

Signing Up Easier Than Ever  

Thanks to recent changes, signing up is smoother than ever and it’s now possible to shop on a phone or tablet, according to HHS. New tools have also been designed to help you easily compare plans based on your medications or your doctors. You can also compare plans based on your personal health care needs and how much you anticipate spending during the year.

Once you apply for insurance through HealthCare.gov you’ll receive your result—plus the amount of financial help you qualify for—right away.

Help is available both in person or over the phone. The Marketplace Call Center is open 24/7. Call 800-318-2596 for more information or visit LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov to locate in-person assistance near you.

 

Updated on: 11/16/16
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