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Selections from What’s Trending This Week — January 23, 2015

Gov. Terry McAuliffe with two local veterans
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe with Air Force veteran Ashley Hazelton (L) and U.S. Army veteran Whitney Hazelton (R).

1. PRIORITY:

Support for VA Veterans Choice Program

On Friday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe visited the Appomattox Area Health and Wellness Center (Central Virginia Health Services) in Petersburg, VA, to visit with local veterans and kick-off the newly launched Veterans Choice Program (VCP) in Central Virginia.

The program allows eligible veterans to seek care from prequalified community-based providers, such as Central Virginia Health Services, when their local VAMC cannot provide the appropriate services due to extended wait times or extraordinary distance from the veteran’s home.

Eligible veterans will receive a Choice Card in the mail from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans need to meet certain criteria to be able to use the Choice Card. Veterans must call the VA at 866-606-8198 to verify their eligibility and receive approval to use the Choice Card and participate in the program.


five2. PLANNING:

5 Reasons to #GetCovered

The open enrollment period for healthcare coverage on the marketplace ends on February 15.

Why should you enroll? Find out here.


taxes3. PREPARATION:

2015 Brings New Tax Filing Requirements For Marketplace Consumers

Though tax season has just barely begun, consumers are being urged to plan ahead and be aware of how the Affordable Care Act will affect this year’s filing of taxes.

The law requires people to have “minimum essential coverage,” by which most types of insurance policies apply. For those who were uninsured for some or all of the year, there are specific forms that must be filed to be able to qualify for a coverage exemption. For those who do not qualify for a coverage exemption, a penalty will be applied according to the instructions provided by the IRS.

For more information on new tax filing requirements for marketplace consumers or the uninsured, click here. The open enrollment period to purchase a health plan on the marketplace ends on February 15.