Enroll West Virginia Grants and Training Sessions

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands health insurance coverage to virtually all Americans in two basic ways. First, many states, including West Virginia, are expanding Medicaid up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) on January 1, 2014. The Medicaid expansion means that everyone who earns less than $15,800, who is a US citizen, who lives in West Virginia and is under age 65, is eligible for Medicaid beginning January 1, 2014. An estimated 133,500 low-income West Virginians will qualify under the Medicaid expansion. Second, subsidized private insurance plans will be available in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The subsidies for these insurance plans are available on a sliding scale to individuals and families earning between 100 percent (about $11,500 for an individual and $19,500 for a family of three) and 400 percent of the FPL (about $46,000 for an individual and $78,000 for a family of three). These policies also become effective as early as January 1, 2014. Enrollment in both the expanded Medicaid and the subsidized private insurance plans can begin on October 1, 2013.

The Offices of the Insurance Commissioner projects that over the next three years the percentage of uninsured West Virginians will be reduced by 70 percent. The current number of uninsured, 246,000, will be reduced to 76,000. Imagine 170,000 fewer uninsured West Virginians within three years.

This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide health care and financial security to thousands of our neighbors, friends and colleagues. In order to take full advantage of this opportunity, WVAHC is offering a series of regional training across the state and mini grants to nonprofit and faith-based organizations, and government units. The training and mini grants are designed to develop "community assisters." The role of community assisters is to educate the public on the new insurance options and how to enroll; assist people with uncomplicated family situations to enroll in Medicaid; and to connect the uninsured to more highly trained individuals who can enroll even the most complicated situations.

If you are a FRNs, CAP agency, a faith-based organization, a local health departments, volunteer fire departments, etc. and want to apply for a grant up to $5,000 to help fund a community assister, click here for a copy of the grant application. There will be a webinar to answer any questions about the grant application on July 22nd. If you want to participate in this webinar, just email Perry Bryant at perrybryant@suddenlink.net.

You can register here for one of the regional training sessions by clicking on the location that best fits your schedule.

This is an opportunity to improve the quality of life for thousands of West Virginians. Please join us in taking full advantage of this golden opportunity. Thanks.