Health Insurance

The latest round of Census numbers includes some positive news about health insurance in Virginia. Those gains are threatened by uncertainty in Washington, though.

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Despite fears that Virginia’s health insurance marketplace is imploding, people who are insured through the Affordable Care Act in Virginia will actually have more choices next year.

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If you purchase health care in Virginia through the Obamacare marketplace, you might want to budget out a bit more in monthly payments this year.

In Washington, Virginia’s two senators are joining forces along with half a dozen other senators to help encourage states to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  The law is aimed at extending a deadline that’s already passed. 

 

Lawmakers in Richmond today heard a report… saying Virginia is likely spending millions in state-funded healthcare for people who don't actually qualify for the benefits.

There’s no specific number for how much Virginia is spending on Medicaid that it shouldn’t… but there is an estimate for one aspect of the program that can give officials a sense.

To be eligible for Medicaid you have to re-apply every year… and there’s a huge backlog of those applications.

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