When U.S. President Obama signed the Affordable Health Care for America Act into law on March 23, 2010, many people became concerned about its impact on their lives. In particular, veterans and their families under the VA health care system, Tricare and CHAMPVA have been wondering how this will affect their coverage.
Under the Act, CHAMPVA and Tricare are supposed to be protected and counted as “creditable coverage” as is enrollment in the VA health care system. What this means is is that people who use these programs will see no changes to their benefits– unless the law changes.
CHAMPVA benefits are set by law. For these to change, the law must first be altered as well.
See the CHAMPVA Magazine, Volume 4, Number 1.