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Tue Oct 22, 2013, 11:07 PM

wow...I completely forgot I'm a Veteran and won't need to sign up for ACA!

I tried to sign up for ACA and could not do it. I was kinda nervous about the cost because last year our family earned about 75,000 dollars. Of course most of that was liquidated retirement for me and my wife. We only realized a fraction of that because of penalties and taxes. At the time we really needed the money because we had both been fired from our jobs.
So on paper we would probably have to pay more for insurance than we could actually afford. We are both working now, but I am only working part time...so our actual income is maybe 45 annum.
Long story short...did not sign up for ACA (couldn't)...VA sent me a letter reminding me I'm a Veteren...now I am signed up for the VA hospital...

dodged that bullet...

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Reply wow...I completely forgot I'm a Veteran and won't need to sign up for ACA! (Original post)
Steerpike Oct 2013 OP
AsahinaKimi Oct 2013 #1
Steerpike Oct 2013 #2
AsahinaKimi Oct 2013 #12
Steerpike Oct 2013 #14
hobbit709 Oct 2013 #3
Kaleva Oct 2013 #5
B Calm Oct 2013 #4
mrmpa Oct 2013 #6
pinboy3niner Oct 2013 #8
B Calm Oct 2013 #9
mrmpa Oct 2013 #10
Steerpike Oct 2013 #17
denbot Oct 2013 #13
Wounded Bear Oct 2013 #7
Steerpike Oct 2013 #18
Callmecrazy Oct 2013 #11
Steerpike Oct 2013 #15
Callmecrazy Oct 2013 #16

Response to Steerpike (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 11:21 PM

1. One of the Veterans I work with

told me he is 100% disabled. Does not have to worry about medical care ever, and in fact, the doctor arranged for him to get free transportation to the VA hospital so he doesn't have to pay for a Cab to get there. He also has free dental as well and can get eye wear if he needs it.

Sounds like a sweet deal for him, not to mention he gets to occasionally try some of my pumpkin spice cookies.

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 12:52 AM

2. I'm one of those lucky Vets

I was never hurt once or injured in the line of Duty! I did get my ass kicked once by a couple of yakuza bouncers outside of Yokota AFB, but admittedly I deserved it.
They built a brand spanking new VA Hospital just 5 minutes from where I live. I suppose I was due a little luck after the last couple of years.

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Response to Steerpike (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 04:23 PM

12. I am so glad you are taking advantage of it..

I know this woman, who was a former US Marine. She was released from the Marine Corps because of a Jeep Accident that messed up both of her knee caps. She is someone who should seek disability under the VA system but refuses it, because she thinks she would be leaching off the US Government, and hates the idea. Says she would rather make it on her own.

I am not really sure I understand her position, but if help is there, and one needs it..one should take it. Who can afford those electric powered Wheel chair on a poor salary? I know I would not be able to on my paycheck.

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #12)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 02:25 PM

14. Boy I sympathize with her!

And Kudos to her strength of character.
Personally, I used the GI Bill to go to College and I used my veteran's benefits to buy a house and now I'll use the VA Hospital for my Health care. I like to think my Federal Taxes pay for this....
Maybe if I didn't have a wife and kids I would try to do it all on my own. But, too many loved ones depend on me to forgo the benefits!

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Response to Steerpike (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 06:42 AM

3. I got a letter from the VA about a month ago stating that I was covered by the VA and that complied

with the ACA.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 06:58 AM

5. Same with me.

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Response to Steerpike (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 06:45 AM

4. Vietnam era vet here. I tried to sign up for VA healthcare, but if

your family income is over 32,000 they said I couldn't do it.

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Response to B Calm (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 10:56 AM

6. That has to be wrong,...

I'm not an expert on the VA health system, but I'm an associate member of a veterans organization (Dad was a Marine Corps Vet with 15 years of service). I know that many of our members, both peace time and combat vets, disabled and non-disabled receive their care via the VA. Many I believe whose income is above your listed amount (business owners and mid level execs) go the VA.

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 11:34 AM

8. The means test only applies to vets who have no service-connected condition

The vets you're talking about probably are service-connected, so their income has no bearing on their VA eligibility.

But even those who are not service-connected and who do not meet the means test can still get VA care on a fee basis. For those vets, the average annual out-of-pocket cost for care was $322 in 2012.

More info on fee-based VA care:

http://www.va.gov/health/aca/NonEnrolledVeterans.asp

http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/publications/IB10-431-copay_requirements_at_a_glance_jan2013.pdf

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 12:22 PM

9. Bookmarking! Thanks pinboy3niner

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 12:38 PM

10. The way I read the post............

was that he could not get any VA care. I do understand fee basis, and from reading the post, I thought that he couldn't get fee basis. If he has insurance. Thanks.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 08:22 PM

17. pinboy3niner

Many thanks for posting this!

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Response to B Calm (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 12:58 AM

13. Vet here with a higher combined family income and have V.A medical coverage.

I signed on over a decade ago, with the same income but just for a single person household. I still have V.A. coverage even though I'm now married with higher household income. You should be able to enrole.

I will have my gallbladder removed at the Los Angeles V.A. at the beginning of the year, even though I also have coverage through my wife. The reason being is less out of pocket costs through the V.A., so that is where I will have the proceedure.

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Response to Steerpike (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 10:59 AM

7. Vet here...happy client of the socialized VA medical system....

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #7)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 08:23 PM

18. Remember brother...

We do pay for this with our tax dollars...which is money well spent!

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Response to Steerpike (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 04:12 PM

11. I'm a vet with a service connected disability...

I'm at 10% and have been getting a check every month from the VA for the past 25 years, but I haven't received any info about being eligible for free healthcare. I guess I better check into it. If I have earned it, I'm damn sure going to utilize it.
Thanks and a shout out to Pinboy3niner.

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Response to Callmecrazy (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 02:28 PM

15. They are reaching out right now

You would probably save the VA a lot of time and effort if you just do a walk in and start the process! If you gave your youth in service to this great country...buddy...you've earned it!

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Response to Steerpike (Reply #15)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 04:03 PM

16. Thanks, man. And I'll do that.

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