Northam: 182K enrolled in new health coverage

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 182,000 Virginians have enrolled in new health coverage that begins in the new year.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced the enrollment in the new coverage under Medicaid expansion on Wednesday.

“I’m proud of the tremendous progress we’re making to enroll Virginians who are newly eligible for health coverage under Medicaid expansion, with more than 182,000 Virginians signed up to date,” said Northam. “I encourage Virginians to visit CoverVA.org to find out if they are among the thousands now eligible under the new Medicaid rules, and apply for new coverage today.”

The coverage is available to 19- to 64-year-olds who are not eligible for Medicare and meet income requirements, which vary by family size.

For example, a single adult with an annual income at or below $16,754 may be eligible for coverage. An adult in a three-person family with a total household annual income at or below $28,677 may be eligible.

SNAP recipients and parents whose children receive Medicaid coverage can use a short-form application to sign up by Jan. 4.

State lawmakers voted to expand Medicaid earlier this year, joining a majority of other states that have already expanded publicly funded health care to low-income adults.

The enrollment period for Marketplace health plans has ended, but Virginians can apply for Medicaid at any time of the year. We encourage everyone who does not have health insurance to consider applying for high-quality, low- or no-cost coverage today,” said Dr. Jennifer Lee, Director of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services.

The state has a website, www.coverva.org, to help people sign up.