Virginians can start applying for expanded health coverage November 1

(Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey, M.D.)

RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- Governor Ralph Northam has announced that state agencies will begin accepting applications from Virginia adults newly eligible for health coverage under Medicaid expansion on November 1.

"When both sides of the aisle came together earlier this year to pass Medicaid expansion, the Commonwealth set a realistic, aggressive timeline for implementation and I’m proud to report the remarkable progress we’re making on these goals in close coordination with our federal partners," said Governor Northam. "Virginia will begin accepting applications for expanded health coverage on November 1. I encourage all Virginians to get acquainted with the new eligibility rules and learn how they and their family members qualify for access to quality health coverage."

Eligible adults will begin receiving services starting January 1, 2019.

The new coverage is available to men and women ages 19-64 who are not eligible for Medicare and who meet income requirements, which vary by family size.

For example, a single adult with an annual income at or below $16,754 may be eligible for coverage. An adult in a three-person family with a total household annual income at or below $28,677 may be eligible.

"Thousands of Virginia adults will soon benefit from a comprehensive package of health services, including coverage for visits to primary and specialty care doctors, hospital stays and prescription medications," said Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey, M.D. "Individuals with chronic diseases will have access to the sustained care that is essential to maintain their health. Virginians requiring behavioral health and addiction treatment will be connected to a robust array of services. It is exciting and fulfilling to share in the joy that so many of our citizens express as they look forward to realizing their hope for better health."

More information about the new health coverage and eligibility rules is available online.

The website includes an eligibility screening tool to help individuals assess whether they may qualify for coverage.

You can sign up to receive regular information through email and text about the new coverage and enrollment process.

You can also get information by calling 1-855-242-8282.

Individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired can call 1-888-221-1590.

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