Letter to the Editor: Health Marketplace

February 6, 2014

Dear Editor:

While Virginia awaits a General Assembly decision about expanding Medicaid, a decision that affects 400,000 Virginians, many uninsured Virginians can now purchase health insurance in the Marketplace. The Affordable Care Act provides new options for those not covered by their employer or a government program like Medicaid or Medicare. There is still time to apply, but the clock is ticking!

Health insurance provides individuals and families the peace of mind when dealing with a chronic health condition or medical emergency. Insurance also protects consumers from exorbitant medical bills that all too often lead to bankruptcy. If you make more than $11,500 as an individual, or $24,000 as a family of four, you can purchase insurance on the Marketplace. Most people will also be eligible for tax credits to help pay their premiums. There are many plan choices, so individuals and families can find one that suits their health care needs.

How to enroll in the Health Marketplace

You can purchase a plan either online at www.healthcare.gov or by phone at 1.800.318.2596, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, in multiple languages. If you need additional help, there are Navigators in the community who can be found at www.enroll-virginia.com. You can also get one-on-one assistance from a Northern Virginia Family Service Certified Application Counselor by scheduling an appointment at 571.748.2580 or Cornerstones in Reston by calling 571.267.2568.

Don’t delay! Get your coverage this year before it’s too late; enroll by March 31, 2014.