I am a US Army veteran who served four years honorably and I don’t have any type of disability. Am I eligible as a vet to be exempt from having to face penalties for not having insurance? I receive all medical attention through the VA at no cost, so I really have no need for any type of health insurance coverage.
VA coverage (Veteran’s health care program) is considered Minimum Essential Coverage and protects you from any fee. Furthermore any Comprehensive health care programs offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs is Minimum Essential Coverage.
The following limited benefit coverage types don't count as minimum essential coverage
- Space available TRICARE coverage provided under chapter 55 of title 10 of the United States Code for individuals who are not eligible for TRICARE coverage for health services from private sector providers*
- Line of duty TRICARE coverage provided under chapter 55 of title 10 of the United States Code*
- AmeriCorps coverage for those serving in programs receiving AmeriCorps State and National grants
- AfterCorps coverage purchased by returning members of the PeaceCorps
*In Notice 2014-10, the IRS announced relief from the individual shared responsibility payment for months in 2014 in which individuals are covered under one of these programs. See the instructions for Form 8965, Health Coverage Exemptions, for information on how to claim an exemption for one of these programs on your income tax return.
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