Medicaid

Local officials, health care leaders celebrate Medicaid expansion open enrollment

Local officials, health care leaders celebrate Medicaid expansion open enrollment

Local legislators and leaders in Williamsburg’s medical and faith communities came together Thursday to mark the first day that around 400,000 Virginians now eligible for Medicaid will be able to apply for health insurance through the program.

State legislators passed Medicaid expansion during the special session of the General Assembly earlier this year, and Gov. Ralph Northam signed the expansion bill into law in June. Open enrollment for the program began Nov. 1, and Del. Mike Mullin, D-Newport News, said the bill will expand Medicaid coverage to around 50,000 Hampton Roads residents who were previously ineligible for the program.

“Today is the result of eight years of...

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