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Attorney General Herring urges unemployed Virginians to weigh health insurance options

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Published: May. 14, 2020 at 1:44 PM EDT
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Attorney General Mark Herring is encouraging Virginia residents who have lost jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic to weigh their health insurance coverage options.

Attorney General Herring says residents should evaluate their insurance options to make sure that they remain covered during this unprecedented national health crisis.

According to a new report, at least 27 million Americans have lost their job-based health coverage because of the economic effects of the coronavirus.

The report also states, that 79% of those who have lost their coverage will likely qualify for financial assistance through

.

Virginians who have lost or could lose their employer-sponsored healthcare coverage because of job loss due to COVID-19 could qualify for health insurance coverage through a Special Enrollment Period on HealthCare.Gov, according to Herring.

with the Virginia Employment Commission since the start of the pandemic and more than 307,000 are now receiving benefits.

Some Virginians may even be eligible for all or part of their out of pocket costs to be covered as well.

“Unfortunately, we continue to see COVID-19 related job loss in Virginia and this means that hundreds of thousands of Virginians may have also lost their job-related health insurance,” Attorney General Herring said. “I am urging any Virginian who has lost their job to check HealthCare.Gov and see if they are eligible for a special enrollment period. While it is always important to have healthcare coverage, it is even more critical during a public health crisis for your own health and safety, and for the health and safety of your families and communities.”

If you or someone else in your household has lost employer-sponsored healthcare coverage either in the last 60 days or expects to lose coverage in the next 60 days, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

Financial assistance may be available for Virginians to help reduce or even eliminate out of pocket payments for premiums.

You can go online to

and check to see whether you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.