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Special Enrollment in Virginia

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is helping Virginians get the quality health care they need, and consumers may still be able to sign up! Though the open enrollment deadline for all private plans ended on March 31, some people may still be eligible to enroll for health insurance before the next open enrollment period starts on November 15 2014.

Thanks to the ACA, more Virginians now have access to quality, affordable health care—many of them for the first time ever. In an unexpected event – if they get sick or need to switch jobs – they don’t have to worry about their health plan. They know they’re covered.

The ACA has made coverage more comprehensive. Health plans now cover preventive care, doctor visits, hospitalization, prescriptions, maternity care, mental health care and much more. To make sure as many people benefit from the ACA as soon as possible, find out if you are able to enroll past March 31. 

Check out our one pager on special enrollment here.

Rally for Healthcare a Success!

 

On Saturday, March 15th, hundreds of folks descended on Capitol Square to close the coverage gap. We chanted, signed petition cards and heard numerous stories about folks that do not have access to healthcare in Virginia.

Fast food worker Leah Taylor, a single mother of 6 with high blood pressure shared her story. “We cannot be in the shadows any longer” she said.

We received excellent press coverage- over 24 stories with half a million views so far. If you were not able to attend you can check out this video or an article from the Washington Post. Special thanks to our partners who helped pull together this great event!

Rally for Healthcare!

 

Virginians from across the Commonwealth will travel to Richmond on Saturday, March 15th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to rally for health care. Hundreds of Virginians will send a message to their elected officials that the time to expand Medicaid and close the coverage gap for hundreds of thousands of Virginians is now.

Participants will gather at Festival Park and we hope to have 1,000 people participate from all parts of the Commonwealth. Register Online if you will join us. We are making plans for buses to bring advocates from Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, and the New River Valley but those plans are still being finalized. We can’t promise seats on the bus for everyone, but register now and let us now if you need a ride.

The rally is sponsored by organizations including Virginia New Majority, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Virginia Consumer Voices, Virginia Coalition of Latino Americans, Virginia AFL-CIO, SEIU Virginia 512, ProgressVA, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, Organizing for America, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, and the Fast Food Workers.

Don’t delay!

While many Virginians are getting covered under the ACA, nearly 200,000 remain in a coverage gap without access to plans in the Marketplace. The Virginia General Assembly has the authority to expand coverage by passing an amendment to the current prospective budget. Last week, House Republican leaders proposed a two year audit and study of the state’s Medicaid program. This audit will continue to delay expansion and examine the Medicaid program which has already gone through numerous reforms in the last year.

Uninsured Virginians can’t wait two years for coverage. Governor McAuliffe echoed these sentiments in a Richmond Times Dispatch op-ed this weekend:

“Every day that we wait, we leave thousands of Virginia families waiting to hear whether they will have access to reliable and affordable health care, or if emergency rooms will continue to be their only option when they get sick. Every day that we wait is another day that Virginians send to Washington the tax dollars that should be coming back here to grow our economy and create jobs. And every day that we wait, we miss out on another share of the economic growth and budget savings that this deal will bring to our commonwealth.”

Help us make the promise of affordable, high-quality healthcare for ALL a reality by contacting your representative. The message is simple: provide ALL Virginians access to health care because every single Virginian, no matter their job, no matter their income, deserves access to health care.

 

There is still time to get covered!

As Medicaid Expansion takes center stage at the General Assembly, it is important to remember that many uninsured Virginians will be able to purchase health insurance in the Marketplace regardless of whether Virginia expands Medicaid or not. The health law provides new options for those not covered by their employer or a government program like Medicare. There is still time to apply but the clock is ticking! Enroll by March 31st, 2014 for coverage this year and to avoid the tax penalty.

Health insurance provides individuals and families the peace of mind when dealing with a chronic health condition or in the case of a medical emergency. Until the deadline, uninsured Virginians may be able to get affordable coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Many folks will be eligible for government subsidies to help pay their premiums.

You can purchase a plan either online at www.healthcare.gov or by phone at 1-800-318-2596. If you need additional help, there are Navigators located throughout the community who can be found at www.enroll-virginia.com

Don’t delay! Get your coverage this year before it’s too late.