Virginia Community Healthcare Association (VCHA) provides ongoing training and technical assistance for Virginia Health Center Certified Application Counselors and Outreach staff.
In addition to our information hub and training modules, we hold weekly technical assistance calls with the Navigators of Enroll Virginia! and make available a listserv helpdesk.
To get information about the weekly calls and to request to join the helpdesk, email Communications and Outreach. Include your full name, job title, and health center.
On Thursday, June 7, 2018, Governor Northam signed a state budget that expanded Virginia’s Medicaid program. Starting January 1, 2019, Medicaid will be available to eligible adult Virginians ages 19 – 64 who live in households earning ≤138% of the Federal Poverty Level (a single adult making up to $17,237 or a family of three making up to $29,436 in 2018).
Yellow Envelope Information Almost 300,000 Virginians who are likely to qualify for the new Medicaid coverage have received a letter from DMAS. It comes in a YELLOW envelope. The people getting the letter in one of the following categories:
- People now in the GAP program for people with serious mental illness who will automatically qualify for full Medicaid on January 1, 2019.
- People now on Plan First which provides family planning services only who have income under 138% FPL. They will also automatically qualify for full Medicaid on January 1, 2019.
- Adults who receive SNAP - They have to answer 3 additional questions to determine their Medicaid eligibility in the new category
- Parents of children already enrolled in Medicaid – They have to answer 3 additional questions to determine their Medicaid eligibility in the new category
The letters were mailed out at the end of October, and DMAS is getting a good response. But they continue to do outreach. Current messaging to SNAP enrollees and parents is: Look for the yellow envelope in the mail! Many people who get SNAP benefits or who are parents of children who have Medicaid can now get Medicaid coverage by answering a few simple questions. Coverage includes doctor visits, hospital care, prescription drugs, and more. Look for the yellow envelope in the mail! #CoverVA Answer three “Yes/No” questions and provide a signature.
- Call 1-855-242-8282 to answer the questions over the phone
- Send in your answers in the stamped envelope provided
- Or go to virginia.gov to reply online
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