Virginia Medicaid Offers Health Coverage for Qualifying Students
The financial impact of an accident or illness should not disrupt academic pursuits. Governor Ralph Northam signed the SFY 2019/2020 biennial Budget Bill and expanded eligibility for health coverage to close to 400,000 new Virginia adults. The rules for Medicaid health coverage in Virginia have changed.
Soon, many low-income students may be eligible for a new health coverage option that offers quality, low-cost or no-cost services. The new coverage begins January 1, 2019, and covers preventive care, doctor visits, prescriptions, hospital stays, mental health care, addiction, recovery and treatment services and more.
Under the new guidelines, a single adult making at or below $16,750 annually may be eligible. A parent in a family of three with a household income at or below $28,700 may also qualify. An applicant must be 19 to 64 years old and cannot receive or be eligible for Medicare. Additional criteria apply. You can find more information about the new coverage for adults at coverva.org. The website also has a screening tool and Frequently Asked Questions page. Coverva.org is updated regularly and will inform people when they can apply for coverage.