Accessing Healthcare by Tharon Giddens

Medicaid expansion in Virginia and a new player in the ACA marketplace in metro Richmond should increase access to heath care coverage in 2019

While some questions surrounding Obamacare remain unresolved heading into 2019, more Virginians will be eligible for health care coverage courtesy of the state’s Medicaid expansion, and the ACA marketplace will have a new provider, Virginia Premier, available to metro Richmond residents.

The most profound impact will come from Medicaid expansion, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Ralph Northam in June. It goes into effect on Jan. 1 and will make Medicaid coverage available for 300,000 to 400,000 more people.

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