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What is the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to coverage, control health care costs and improve health care quality and care coordination. The health care law does not change VA health benefits or Veterans’ out-of-pocket costs.

Three things you should know:

1 VA wants all Veterans to receive health care that improves their health and well-being.

2 If you are enrolled in VA health care, you don’t need to take additional steps to meet the health care law coverage standards. The health care law does not change VA health benefits or Veterans’ out-of-pocket costs.

3 If you are not enrolled in VA health care, you can apply at any time.

Veterans Enrolled in VA Health Care

The good news is that Veterans enrolled in VA health care programs have health coverage that meets the new health care law’s standard. You do not have to take any additional steps to have health coverage. Read more if enrolled…

Veterans Not Enrolled in VA Health Care

Veterans not currently enrolled in VA health care program can apply for enrollment at any time. Read more about enrolling…

Family Members

VA offers health care benefits for certain family members of Veterans through programs such as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) and the Spina Bifida program. Read more about VA family programs…

Your family members who are not enrolled in a VA health care program and who do not meet the health care law coverage standards should use the Marketplace to get coverage.

Additional Health Care Law Information

We understand you may have questions about the health care law and how it might affect you and your family. We compiled basic information about the health care law to help you make informed decisions about your health care. Let us know if you have questions regarding the health care law and your VA health care at 1-877-222-VETS (8387). After all, ensuring you receive quality health care is not just our obligation, it’s also our privilege.

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For Veterans

You may receive vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment. Click on the "How to Apply" tab to learn more and apply for vocational rehabilitation and employment services.

For Servicemembers and Veterans

VA's Education and Career Counseling program is a great opportunity for Servicemembers and Veterans to get personalized counseling and support to help guide their career paths, ensure the most effective use of their VA benefits, and achieve their goals.

Education and Career Counseling

VA's Education and Career Counseling program is a great opportunity for Servicemembers and Veterans to get personalized counseling and support to help guide their career paths, ensure most effective use of their VA benefits, and achieve their goals.

Eligibility:
•Transitioning Servicemembers within six months prior to discharge from active duty
•Veterans within one year following discharge from active duty
•Any Servicemember/Veteran currently eligible for a VA education benefit
•All current VA education beneficiaries

Services Include Assisting the Servicemember/Veteran with:
•Career Choice - understand the best career options for you based on your interests and capabilities
•Benefits Coaching - guidance on the effective use of your VA benefits and/or other resources to achieve your education and career goals
•Personalized Support - Academic or adjustment counseling and personalized support to help you remove any barriers to your success

It's simple to apply. Just follow these steps:

•Pull up VA Form 28-8832. Print, complete, and mail the form to your nearest VA regional office.
•If it is determined that you are eligible, you will be invited to attend an orientation session at the nearest VA Regional Office.


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Alcohol Abuse Hotline                              1-800-671-0929  
Battered Women’s Project                        1-800-439-2323  
Child Abuse and/or Neglect                         1-800-452-1999  
Drug Abuse, 24-hr.Action helpline                1-800-278-4941  
Drug, Alcohol, 24-hr. help & treatment         1-800-930-9329  
Hope and Justice Project, Inc.                      1-800-439-2323  
Rape / Sexual Assault Hotline                      1-800-550-3304  

  TTY: 764-3903  

Rape Crisis and Response                          1-800-310-0000  
STD/AIDS Hotline                                         1-800-851-2437  
Crisis / Suicide Hotline (Statewide)             1-888-568-1112  
Helpline (AMHC)                                         1-800-432-7805  
  Presque Isle 762-4851 
 
   
  Helpline Services Available  
  *Crisis Intervention Services eglect  
  *Suicide Intervention Services  
  *Trauma Recovery Services  
  *Sexual Trauma Recovery Services                  1-800-871-7741  
Hospital Emergency Rooms  
CARY Medical Center                              498-3111  
Houlton Regional Hospital                          532-9471  
Northern Maine Medical Center (Ft. Kent)     834-3155  
Northern Maine Medical Center - After 8:00 PM 834-1421  
The Aroostook Medical Center (Presque Isle) 768-4100  
National Runaway Safeline 1-800-786-2929 or 1-800-Run-Away  
Poison Control 1-800-222-1222