Medicaid expansion public info sessions held in Hampton; Norfolk

Forget those assumptions about Medicaid and who can qualify for the program, because the rules have changed, says the state’s top health official.

The new law covering Medicaid expansion — which now can reach an additional 300,000 low-income Virginians — takes effect January 1. How those changes will affect Hampton Roads residents is the topic of an information session being held Saturday in Hampton. Another Saturday session is set for Norfolk.

To that end, physician Daniel Carey, the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, and Jill Hankin, a lawyer and director for the Center for Health Communities, will be among a panel of healthcare officials sharing updates about Medicaid expansion, insurance and how it relates to the Affordable Care Act.

“The rules have changed,” said Carey. “It’s a big change in the law and a change for the working low-income Virginians who are now eligible.

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