More than 300,000 Virginia adults are enrolled in health coverage and receiving medical services since the commonwealth expanded its Medicaid program, including 2,133 living in Halifax County, according to state data.
Governor Ralph Northam made the announcement at Neighborhood Health, a community health center serving more than 25,000 patients annually at 12 locations in Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax County.
The new coverage is available to men and women ages 19 through 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 $17,237 may be eligible for coverage. An adult in a three-person family with a total household annual income at or below $29,436 may be eligible.
The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) tracks Medicaid expansion enrollment through a dashboard.
“Our new members are proactively using their new coverage to address ongoing health challenges,” said Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey, MD. “To date, more than 229,100 newly eligible adults went to the doctor, filled a prescription or received some other health service. Those include 33,000 members with hypertension, 18,800 with diabetes, 16,100 with substance use disorder and 3,300 with cancer. We can see that Medicaid expansion is addressing urgent health needs for these individuals.”
In June 2018, Northam signed the two-year state budget that expanded eligibility for adults after working with a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers to craft a plan that will enable Virginia health care providers to receive $2.4 billion in federal funds over two years in return for medical services to new Medicaid members.
More information about the new health coverage and eligibility rules is available at www.coverva.org.
The website includes an eligibility screening tool to help individuals assess whether they may qualify for coverage. Visitors to the website can sign up to receive regular information through email and text about the new coverage and enrollment process. Information also is available by calling 1-855-242-8282. Individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired can call 1-888-221-1590.