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Options available for insurance coverage if laid off

The State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance reminds Virginians that health insurance options are available if they have recently been laid off or lost health insurance benefits through their employer.

“Loss of a job doesn’t have to mean loss of health insurance coverage,” said Virginia Insurance Commissioner Scott A. White. “In light of the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, it’s especially important to have health insurance now because most comprehensive health insurance plans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, are providing increased benefits and coverages related to coronavirus testing and treatments that may be cost-prohibitive for individuals without health insurance.”

Health insurance coverage options are as follows.

—Virginians can apply for an individual plan through the health insurance marketplace under the federal Affordable Care Act. Although open enrollment runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15 each year, special enrollment periods are avai...

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