Veterans benefits and Medicaid eligiblity #157206 - Ask Extension


Veterans benefits and Medicaid eligiblity #157206

Asked October 15, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT

Are military veterans eligible to obtain Medicaid benefits under ACA Medicaid expansion if they otherwise meet eligibility requirements?  Is the answer different if a veteran currently obtains medical care at a VA medical facility?

Denver County Colorado

Expert Response

Being eligible for Veterans' Affairs (VA) Health Benefits can be very cost advantageous.  Veterans may apply for health care enrollment at any time.  There is no enrollment fee, monthly premiums, or deductibles and most veterans have no out-of-pocket costs.  Some veterans may have to pay small co-payments or prescription drug costs.  Veterans Affairs Health Benefits meets the requirements for minimum Essential Health Care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

You can gain a more targeted sense of your eligibility by answering a few questions in the VA Health Benefits Explorer available at

A veteran can be eligible for VA Benefits and Medicaid simultaneously; the two can be used together.  After answering these questions you may learn that you are eligible for VA benefits and likely eligible for Medicaid, you should apply for VA Benefits and then contact your local Department of Social Services office.
Carolyn Bird Replied October 17, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

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