Wednesday, October 2, 2013

City Announces Medicaid Application Changes


Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, city residents now have access to the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace to purchase health insurance. City residents who are already covered by Medicaid or the Family Access to Medical Insurance Security programs will remain on those programs. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act does not affect eligibility or enrollment for Medicare beneficiaries.

Effective immediately, Richmond residents are now able to file applications for Medicaid in several different methods with no interview or office visit required. For many applications, verification will be provided electronically via the new federal Data Hub. Verification from applicants can also be provided by mail, fax, e-mailed scans, or in person.

·         Applications for subsidized health insurance can be filed on-line via the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596. These applicants will also be evaluated for Medicaid eligibility.

·         Medicaid applications for children, parents or caretakers with children and pregnant women can be filed by phone using the new CoverVa Call Center at 1-855-242-8282. The entire application process can be completed during the call.

·         Medicaid applications can also be filed at www.CommonHelp.Virginia.gov. Residents may use computers from any location, including any office of the Richmond Department of Social Services (DSS); 900 East Marshall Street, 4100 Hull Street Road, and 701 North 25th Street; or at MCV Hospital, Chippenham Hospital, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, and Richmond Public Libraries.

·         Paper applications are available at any DSS location. City residents can call (804) 646-7212 or visit a DSS office to get information on how to file paper applications and for information on using the new electronic and telephonic methods for filing applications.

For more information, please review the attached documents or visit the websites listed below.
http://kff.org/glossary/health-reform-glossary                             http://kff.org/health-reform/
www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform                                             www.aarp.org/bulletin