Health Insurance (including Children’s Health Insurance)

If you’re uninsured, you’re not alone. 719,000 Virginians under age 65 do not have health insurance.  There’s help if you can’t afford it or can’t pay for needed medical care.

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.

Find out more about these programs and services by clicking on the links below or by watching this short video:

  • 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.
  • Health Insurance with Federal Financial Help  Open Enrollment to buy health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace runs from November 1 – December 15 each year. To see if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, click here. To see if you can get financial help to make health insurance more affordable. Click here for what you need to know about health insurance.
  • 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.

Note:  The cost of buying and using health insurance (paying co-pays and deductibles) may be too much for people who live in households earning up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level who have one or more chronic diseases (like asthma or diabetes) that require several prescription medicines and regular doctor visits.  If this sounds like you or a family member, contact your local health safety net organization to talk about your situation.

Last Updated on June 18, 2020