We've been hearing from our Virginia elected officials in preparation for the opening of the ACA Marketplace. Read on to learn more about what they're saying.
A project of the Virginia Young Democrats Health Policy Caucus.
"No one - even young people - plan to get sick or hurt, but most people will need medical care at some point. Health insurance can help out when that happens. As part of the Affordable Care Act, starting October 1, Virginians will have the opportunity sign up for health insurance available through a "marketplace" or exchange. You will have access to plans that are affordable to you, and ensure you are covered for what you need, and you can even enroll in an inexpensive catastrophic plan - one that will only kick in should you get really sick or hurt. Taking care of your health, and ensuring you are protected in the case of illness - or even if you need to see a doctor - is important no matter your age."
U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner
"With open enrollment for health insurance coverage beginning on October 1, 2013, individuals will be able to apply for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Designed to make buying health coverage easier and more affordable, the marketplace is a great option for young adults in Virginia. I encourage young Virginians to compare all of their options and enroll in the coverage plan that is the best fit for them."
"I support the Affordable Care Act as an important first step toward putting patients in charge of their own health care decisions and slowing the growth of health care costs. We are already seeing its impact on young Virginians. As of December 2011, the National Health Interview Survey found that 3.1 million additional young adults, including 66,000 in Virginia, have insurance coverage due to the provision in the Affordable Care Act that allows individuals to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until they turn 26. Because of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are prohibited from denying care to those with pre-existing conditions and preventive services like routine cancer screenings and regular wellness visits no longer require a copay. While the Affordable Care Act is already delivering positive results for Virginians, more work needs to be done to lower costs and expand access to care. I look forward to working with lawmakers from both parties, as well as members of the business community, to strengthen this important legislation."
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine