Military veterans

Still need coverage for 2015?

The Open Enrollment Period for 2015 coverage is over. You can still get coverage two ways:

Health care coverage options for military veterans

If you're enrolled in TRICARE or the Veterans health care program, you're considered covered under the health care law. You don't have to make any changes.

If you don’t have veterans or other health coverage, you can use the Marketplace to enroll in a plan.

Veterans programs that meet coverage requirements

If you're enrolled in (or are a beneficiary of) any of the programs listed below, you’re considered to have minimum essential coverage under the health care law. This means you don't need to get additional coverage.

If you're a veteran without VA health care, visit the VA health care website. You may learn that you qualify for VA coverage.

For more important information on veterans and the Affordable Care Act, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

If you don’t have veterans coverage

If you’re a veteran who isn’t enrolled in VA benefits or other veterans health coverage, you can get coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Depending on your household size and income, you may be able to get lower costs on monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs on private insurance. Or you may qualify for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

If you don't have health coverage, you may have to pay a fee.

If your dependents aren't covered

If you're a veteran enrolled in (or are a beneficiary of) a VA health care program, you may have dependents who aren’t eligible for a VA health care program. They can get coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Depending on household size and income, they may get lower costs on monthly premiums or out-of-pocket costs. Or they could be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Like others, if they don't have health insurance coverage, they may have to pay a fee.

Important: TRICARE's young adult coverage rules are different from the Affordable Care Act’s version.

TRICARE's young adult coverage option is different from the Affordable Care Act's under-26 rules. Eligibility ages, benefits, and other details differ.