The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a time of change for Virginia. Family, friends, and neighbors have been struggling with work, groceries and even getting the health care they need.
What happens to you and your family if you get sick and need to see a doctor? What can you do if you find yourself in this situation?
Fortunately, there are many solutions available to Virginians. And, in response to COVID-19, changes have been made to enrolling in Medicaid and renewing Medicaid coverage.
Enrolling in Medicaid
There are new rules for determining who is eligible for Medicaid. That means that some people who previously weren’t eligible may be eligible now. Use this online screening tool to see if you meet the new limits: www.coverva.org/screening.
If you are eligible, don’t wait for things to get difficult before reaching out for help. You can apply at any time online at www.commonhelp.virginia.gov.
Renewing Medicaid coverage
Virginia is also relaxing the Medicaid renewal requirements for critical patients. That means you’re less likely to lose your coverage. Reach out to your social worker for details.
However, don’t put off submitting your renewal paperwork. Do it promptly. Even though renewal requirements aren’t as strict, you still don’t want to risk renewing too late.
Options other than Medicaid
If you don’t qualify for Medicaid, there is still the healthcare exchange. It lets you search low-cost health insurance options available where you live. You can find the exchange online at www.healthcare.gov.
If you can’t afford the health insurance on the exchange and don’t qualify for Medicaid, there are a number of free resources available across Virginia. Visit these websites to find them near where you live:
- Virginia’s Community Health Centers: www.vacommunityhealth.org
- Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics: www.vafreeclinics.org/clinics-in-virginia