WINCHESTER, VA: With registration for expanded Medicaid coverage open and coverage available, Frederick County officials want to make people aware of how they can find out if they may be eligible and how they can sign up for coverage.
Amy Swift, Assistant Director of Frederick County Department of Social Services, encourages people to sign up online at https://www.commonhelp.virginia.gov or call 1-855-635-4730 . “The website is where people can answer basic questions to get an idea of what Benefits they may be eligible to receive. They may also submit new applications, check benefits and report changes on existing cases for all government programs, not just Medicaid. It serves as a one-stop benefit portal for those in need. For those not comfortable with applying on a computer or not having access to a computer, they may call the toll-free number (1-855-635-4370) and submit their application verbally with the assistance of a live state representative.”
If someone does not have access to a computer and the internet and/or a phone, they can visit the Social Services Department at 107 N. Kent Street where a computer and phone are available for these purposes. If people require one-on-one assistance, they should call in advance to make an appointment.
Medicaid is available to Virginia residents earning up to 138 percent of the poverty level which, in 2018, was about $16,753 for a single person, and about $28,676 for an adult in a household of three people. The expansion of Medicaid makes coverage available to people who were previously ineligible for coverage.
According to Swift, “our department added new staff members to be able to handle the anticipated increase in cases, so we feel ready to help those that need help the most.” Since applications began being submitted in November 2018, the department has seen approximately double the average amount of Medicaid applications they had at this time last year.