Federal Benefits and Obligations Abroad

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Federal Benefits Information

Medicare

Medicare does not cover health services outside the United States.

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Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Please see the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ dedicated ACA website, which includes information for U.S. citizens living abroad. See also tax issues related to ACA.

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Obligations

Selective Service

If you are overseas and need to sign up for the Selective Service, you can do so online. If you can't access online registration, contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

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Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) provisions of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010 (HIRE Act) were enacted on March 18, 2010. 

FATCA generally requires a foreign financial institution to enter into an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to report information about certain accounts held by U.S. persons or foreign entities owned by U.S. persons.

For more information on FATCA, see our Joint FAQs and  the IRS and U.S. Department of Treasury webpages.

 

Last Updated: March 4, 2024