Across Virginia organizations and volunteers have been working hard to make sure uninsured folks get enrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace. With the deadline for open enrollment approaching on February 15, 2015 it is crucial to make sure that community members get the coverage they need. So far, approximately 9.9 million Americans and nearly 330,000 Virginians have selected or been automatically re-enrolled into a 2015 health insurance plan through healthcare.gov.
Commonwealth Covered chapters at Ferrum College, Virginia Tech, University of Richmond and William and Mary are working in their communities to connect consumers with coverage. On January 29th the Virginia Tech chapter students partnered with Enroll Virginia in Rocky Mount, VA to sign community members up for health insurance. One woman was able to get coverage for just $17 a month!
In Richmond and Hampton Roads, Gaylene Kanoyton with Celebrate Healthcare has organized “Enrollfests” – community health fairs with in-person assistance to help people enroll in plans on the Federal Marketplace. New federal figures show that 55,165 consumers in Richmond and 53,801 consumers in the Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Newport News region have selected a plan for the first time or re-enrolled.
In Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) uses their 100 volunteers to help consumers enrollduring their “Sign Up Saturday” events. With five locations, NVFS has a broad reach and specializes in helping immigrant communities. Their Certified Application Counselors supported two large Enroll Virginia events at the Arlington Mill center with Delegate Alfonzo Lopez.
If you or someone you know needs health insurance, visit healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 for assistance 24/7. You can also visit our calendar to find an enrollment event near you. Moreover, you can get weekly updates from Virginia Consumer Voices for Healthcare by signing up on our listserve at: http://www.vaconsumervoices.org/join-us/