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How to find out if you still have Medicaid coverage

Virginia Medicaid is in the process of reviewing if the 2 million people covered by the program are still eligible for its free health care.

Rural Health Reporter Henry Brannan explains how to find out if you have coverage.

The disenrollments are part of a country-wide process called "Medicaid unwinding" where states are again reviewing eligibility for the program. Checks were previously paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can find out if you’re still insured by calling Cover Virginia (855-242-8282) or your local Department of Social Services.

If you have lost coverage, you have a few options:

One is trying to renew your Medicaid coverage or reapplying.

Another is checking with your employer to see if they offer health insurance.

You can also get insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov.

And, if you’re older than 65 or have certain disabilities, you can enroll in Medicare.

Henry Brannan covers rural health care in the Shenandoah Valley and Charlottesville area for WMRA and VPM News. The position is in partnership with Report for America.