Help with Health Insurance

What kind of help is there?  

Virginians without insurance may be eligible for Virginia’s state-sponsored health insurance programs (Medicaid or FAMIS), or free or reduced cost care. Trained professionals are available to help you understand your options, free of charge.

Medicaid/FAMIS (Virginia’s State-sponsored Health Insurance programs)
Virginia’s Medicaid rules for adults changed on January 1, 2019. Now, many adults in Virginia are eligible for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid. Medicaid and FAMIS also cover eligible children and pregnant women. To get help applying for Medicaid/FAMIS, find a Project Connect Outreach Worker near you. Help can be provided in-person or remotely. To find out more about Medicaid/FAMIS, go to Cover Virginia.

Health Insurance with Financial Help
Beginning November 1, 2023, Virginia operates its own Health Insurance Marketplace!

Open Enrollment to buy health insurance on Virginia’s Insurance Marketplace runs from November 1 – January 15 each year. Virginians who buy their insurance through the Marketplace can receive financial help with the cost of their monthly premiums, and with the cost of using their insurance (to visit a doctor or pick up a prescription). To get help applying for health insurance through the Marketplace, find a Navigator or Certified Application Counselor at Enroll Virginia!.

Free and Reduced Cost Medical Care at a “Health Safety Net Organization”
You may be able to receive free or reduced cost medical care and prescription medicines at your local free clinic or community health center. At some sites, you may be able to obtain dental care or get help with mental health services, too.

Medicare Insurance Counseling
Free Medicare insurance counseling help is available through the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) at your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). To get in touch with a VICAP counselor in your area, contact your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA).

Last Updated on November 15, 2023