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Basic Information on Health Reform in Virginia
Virginia is not expanding Medicaid coverage to low-income adults effective January 1, 2015.[i] Medicaid and FAMIS (Virginia’s Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are safety net health benefit programs available in Virginia.[ii]
Health Insurance Exchange Information: Virginia has adopted a State-Federal Partnership model for their health insurance exchange.[iii] People can use the FFM to compare plans, purchase low-cost insurance, and take advantage of federal tax subsidies that apply.
Eligibility and Enrollment: People can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or FAMIS any time of the year and coverage can begin immediately. They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans During the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15th of each year and extends through February 15th and take advantage of federal tax subsidies for which they are eligible though the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM). If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are four ways to see if they meet eligibility requirements and apply for or enroll in these benefits:
2) They print and complete a paper application and mail it to their local Department of Social Services or visit their local office and apply in person.
3) They can use the online application on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace to select and purchase a low cost health plan. [v]
4) They can contact the Marketplace call center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (1-800-318-2596, TTY: 1-855-889-4325).
Virginia Medicaid and Health Insurance Links
Where do you apply for coverage on Virginia’s health insurance exchange? Virginia currently does not operate its own health insurance exchange. Visit Healthcare.gov to apply.
Where can you find help enrolling in health coverage and answers to questions?
Link to information on where to find help enrolling in coverage and in-person assistance
State Health Information
How many people in Virginia are eligible to participate? According to the Kaiser Foundation, 11% (916,800) of Virginia’s total population was uninsured in 2013.[xv] The total number of potential marketplace participants is 831,000.[xvi]
How many are enrolled so far? 316,584 had selected a marketplace plan, as of January 2015.[xvii]
How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid? 115,000 of Virginia’s uninsured are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP; 39,000 of them are adults.[xviii]
Is Virginia a Medicaid health home state? No.[xix]
Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature?
Other Related Information and Links for Virginia
Link to Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services [xxiii]
Link to Virginia’s Substance Abuse Services
Link to Virginia Association of Community Services Boards to get information about Virginia’s mental health and substance use disorder service providers
General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform
Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:
Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xxx]
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xxxi]
SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xxxii]
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[i] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid by State, Virginia, last viewed on January 8, 2015, at 9:27 a.m.:
[ii] See supra at 1.
[iii] See Kaiser Family Foundation, State Decisions on Health Insurance Marketplaces and the Medicaid Expansion, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 11:53 a.m.: http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-decisions-for-creating-health-insurance-exchanges-and-expanding-medicaid/.
[iv] See Virginia.gov, Common Help, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 11:20 a.m.: https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/.
[v] See Healthcare.gov, Create An Account, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 11:21 a.m.: https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/b/create-account/.
[vi] See Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, last viewed on January 8, 2015, at 11:33 a.m.: http://www.dmas.virginia.gov/.
[vii] See Coverva.org, Contact Us, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 11:37 a.m.: http://www.coverva.org/main_contact.cfm.
[viii] See Virginia Department of Social Services, Local Departments of Social Services, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 11:40 a.m.: http://www.dss.virginia.gov/localagency/.
[ix] See CMS, State Medicaid and CHIP Income Eligibility Standards, (For MAGI Groups, based on state decisions as of July 1, 2014), last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 11:42 a.m. (Provides data for all 50 states.)
[x] See Medicaid.gov, State Resources, Medicaid State Plan Amendments, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 11:42 a.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/State-Resource-Center/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments.html?filterBy=Virginia (Provides State Plan Amendments and Summaries).
[xi] See Coverva.org, Medicaid Member Handbook, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 11:45 a.m., http://www.dmas.virginia.gov/Content_atchs/atchs/medbook-eng.pdf.
[xii] See Virginia.gov, Department of Social Services, Organizational Chart, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 11:48 a.m., http://www.dss.virginia.gov/files/division/orgchart.pdf.
[xiii] See National Association of Medicaid Directors, About Us, State Directors, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 11:49 a.m.: http://medicaiddirectors.org/about/state-directors (Includes contact information for the State Medicaid Director of all 50 states.)
[xiv] See Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, Virginia Medicaid, Provider Resources, Provider Manuals, last viewed at January 8, 2015 at 11:52 a.m.: https://www.virginiamedicaid.dmas.virginia.gov/wps/portal/ProviderManuals.
[xv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:13 p.m., http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/total-population/?state=VA.
[xvi] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:13 p.m.: http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.
[xvii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed at January 8, 2015 at 1:14 p.m.: http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.
[xviii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, State Profiles: How Will the Uninsured In Virginia Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:14 p.m., http://kff.org/interactive/uninsured-gap/.
[xix] See The Henry Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Home State Plan Option, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:17 p.m.: http://kff.org/medicaid/state-indicator/health-home-state-plan-option/.
[xx] See Virginia General Assembly, Committees, House, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:19 p.m.: http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php?committee=Health%2C+Welfare+and+Institutions&id=H007.
[xxi] Virginia General Assembly, Committees, Senate, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:19 p.m.: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+mbr+S41.
[xxii] See Virginia Department of Corrections, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:20 p.m.: https://vadoc.virginia.gov/.
[xxiii] See Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:25 p.m.: http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/.
[xxiv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=VA.
[xxv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.
[xxvi] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.
[xxvii] See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.
[xxviii] See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.
[xxix] See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.
[xxx] See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.
xxv See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx