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Navy News Health And Safety

We've had active duty as well as retirees asking about the Affordable Care Act and how it relates to their TRICARE coverage," said Renee Proctor-Brown, RN, BSN, Clinical Liaison Nurse and Manager of NHB's TRICARE Regional Appointment Center.

The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care reform law, requires a person to maintain basic health care coverage-called minimum essential coverage. Beginning in 2014, if a person does not have minimum essential coverage, a fee will have to be paid for each month not covered.

The main thing people need to understand is that TRICARE is an entitlement. The Affordable Care Act does not impact TRICARE, although TRICARE does meet all the minimum qualifications needed for the act.