Virginia rose two spots and is the nation's 21st healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Virginia, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Virginia started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Virginia's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Virginia Health Reform Initiative — A state initiative to implement health care reform.
FAMIS (Family Access to Medical Insuracne Security) — Virginia’s low-cost health insurance for children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but do not have private health insurance.
Virginia Health Insurance Guide for Consumers — State of Virgina’s PDF document with information about traditional health insurance and managed care health insurance plans.
Virginia Department of Health — A site rich in information for Virginia citizens concerned about their health.
Virginia’s Bureau of Insurance — Consumer information for state citizens dealing with agents or companies.
Virginia Organizing Project — A statewide grassroots social justice group working to mobilize citizens to lobby for more affordable health care.
Virginia Physicians for a National Health Program — Members of VA PNHP advocate for single-payer national health insurance and speak about it to interested groups throughout Virginia.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Virginia.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Virginia -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Virginia.
Why health care reform is important to Virginia -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Virginia.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Virginia -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Virginia.
Virginia mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Virginia -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $185 per family in 2012.
11/07/2012 7:11 PM
Richmond Times-Dispatch — Gov. McDonnell said the lack of direction from the federal government about state-based exchanges left the state no other option than to accept the federal exchange.
07/18/2012 4:07 PM
WAMU – The fight over health care reform is still red hot in Virginia even after the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the law. One of the lynchpins in the Affordable Care Act are the health care exchanges available for those seeking insurance coverage. January 2013 is the deadline for states to start setting up a health care exchange, where people currently without health insurance can browse through their options and find a plan regardless of their ability to pay.
07/13/2012 8:07 PM
SHOTS blog (NPR) – Health reform – and how to implement its provisions – will be a hot topic as the nation’s governors meet during the National Governors Association’s annual meeting this weekend. Sure to be discussed: implementation of state health insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion.
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