Funds to help Va. health care coverage signups

RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WAVY) — Virginia is getting $9.3 million in federal funding to help residents sign up for health insurance.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the money will help hire more than 100 people to help with enrollment that runs from Nov. 15 through Feb. 15.

The governor’s office says the grant will play a large role in helping McAuliffe implement his plan to expand health care to more than 200,000 Virginians.

More than 216,000 Virginians purchased health plans during the initial 2013-2014 sign-up period. As part of Virginia’s campaign to enroll state residents, the state will launch an improved website next month at with user-friendly links to health care options and educational resources.

Yet state officials say about 300,000 Virginians who are qualified for tax credits if they purchase insurance on the Federal Marketplace remain uninsured.

The grant awarded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services allows Virginia to partner with the Virginia Community Healthcare Association and the Virginia Poverty Law Center.

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