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Attorney General of Virginia

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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


For media inquiries only, contact:  
Charlotte Gomer, Press Secretary
Phone: (804)786-1022 
Mobile: (804) 512-2552
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~Virginians who have lost or could lose their jobs because of COVID19 may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period through HealthCare.Gov~



RICHMOND (April 14, 2020) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring is urging Virginians who have lost or could lose their jobs due to the COVD19 health crisis to evaluate their insurance options to make sure that they remain covered during this unprecedented national health crisis. Virginians who have lost or could lose their employer-sponsored healthcare coverage because of job-loss due to COVID19 could qualify for health insurance coverage through a Special Enrollment Period on HealthCare.Gov.


“Unfortunately, one result of the COVID19 pandemic has been an exponential increase in job loss in Virginia and around the country, which means that tens of thousands of people are also losing their healthcare coverage,” said Attorney General Herring. “I would encourage any Virginian who has lost their job or could lose their job because of the COVID19 crisis to look on HealthCare.Gov and see if they are eligible for a Special Enrollment Period. Having healthcare coverage during a public health crisis is more critical than ever, not just for your own health and safety but for the health and safety of your families and communities as well.”


If you or someone else in your household has lost employer-sponsored healthcare coverage either in the last 60 days or expects to lose coverage in the next 60 days you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Financial assistance may be available for Virginians to help reduce or even eliminate out of pocket payments for premiums. You can go online to HealthCare.Gov and check to see whether you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.


Earlier this month, Attorney General Herring sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urging them to reconsider their shortsighted decision to deny a special enrollment period on HealthCare.Gov during the current worldwide pandemic. In the letter, Attorney General Herring and his colleagues argue that the federal government should take action to make it possible for Americans across the country who are facing uncertainty as a result of COVID-19 to obtain the healthcare coverage that they need during this critical times.


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