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Get Ready for Open Enrollment 2014

September 10th, 2014

From VDH Today for PLWHs … Be sure to read on …

If consumers are happy with their current plan and have no changes in income, then they will be automatically re-enrolled for 2015.  If consumers choose to not stay with their current plan, and would like continued assistance in having VA ADAP pay for premiums and medication co-pays, they would have to choose an approved VA ADAP plan.  Consumers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace will receive notices from the Marketplace shortly before open enrollment begins explaining the auto-enrollment process and how they can return to the Marketplace to see if they qualify for additional financial assistance and shop for plans. Consumers will also receive notices from their insurance company about their new 2015 plan.

Link to CMS fact sheet.

VDH continues to review insurance plan information as it becomes available.  We anticipate sending out a letter to all Direct ADAP clients and ACA clients by October 1.

Tessa McKenzie, MPH
Planner
HIV Care Services
Virginia Department of Health
109 Governor St #326, Richmond, VA, 23219
Ph: 804.864.7412

“HIV Care Services is committed to meeting the current and emerging needs of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Virginia through the coordinated delivery of quality care and support programs.”

What Are You Doing on Tuesday April 1st?

March 27th, 2014

I need you with me on Tuesday afternoon!  And this is no April fools joke!!

Well, if you’ve been reading the papers or any blogs about the General Assembly lately, you know that your Delegate and Senator left without finalizing either the 2014-16 Budget OR the decision about whether Virginia would provide health insurance for the population of Virginians that live between Medicaid and the federal insurance exchanges now available.

The House has been presented with a couple of different options — ways to provide insurance for that Gap of our population — for people too rich for our current Medicaid plan and too poor for the federal health exchange insurance –  and the House Republicans rejected them all.

The Senate wants to hear from YOU.

On Tuesday, April 1st at 2 PM, the Senate Finance Committee members are holding a Public Hearing.  That day, they are asking for YOUR input.  What should they do?

Should Virginia “Close the Gap“?
Should Virginia accept $2B in federal funding to cover health care?
Is it OK to leave about 400,000 Virginians without either public or private health insurance?

The House Republicans are saying “NO” to each one of those questions, and some of them say that’s what their public want.  They are wrong!

Is that what YOU want?

Want some more info?  Click the links to fact sheets and websites with info.

The Senate wants to hear from you.

Where:
General Assembly Building
Senate Room B
Richmond
2 PM until

I will be there, but my voice will be weak if folks like you do not join me.

Please, Come to Richmond on Tuesday afternoon next week, and tell the Senate what the answers to those questions should be.

Thanks
Sue

YOU can CLOSE THE GAP

March 9th, 2014

Today, the General Assembly of Virginia will close without a decision on whether or not to “Close the Gap” — without a decision on whether or not people who are without insurance today could have access to health insurance tomorrow — without a decision on whether or not Virginia’s Medicaid program be expanded.

The GOOD news is that because YOUR Delegate and Senator are coming home. YOU have another opportunity to meet with them IN THEIR HOME DISTRICT to share YOUR view about Closing the Gap.

The Governor will call the General Assembly back to Richmond on March 24.  In two weeks when they return, they will be asked again adopt a 2014-2016 Biennial Budget and make a decision on Health Care in our state.

How will Virginia Close the Gap to assure access to health care for Virginian’s too rich for Medicaid and too poor to qualify for the Federal Exchange?

Sometime between today and March 24th please, CONTACT YOUR Delegate and YOUR Senator.

You can be sure that some people who already have insurance will be calling and saying NO.  People who apparently hate ObamaCare so much that they don’t care if other people are stuck without care.  People that already have health insurance.  People who have Medicare.  People who just don’t get it!

YOU need to call to say “YES”. YOU need to email to say, “I am your constituent and I AM ASKING YOU TO ‘CLOSE THE GAP’”.

And please, let me know that you have.  We want to know that the people that SUPPORT closing the gap are making calls and sending emails, too.

Thank you!!

Sue