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Health Insurance Marketplace  

What is the Marketplace?  

The Health Insurance Marketplace at is where Virginians can go to:

  • Compare qualified health plans
  • Get answers to healthcare questions
  • Find out if you are eligible for tax credits for private insurance
  • Enroll in health programs like Medicaid and FAMIS (also known as Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP)

The Marketplace is sometimes called the health insurance exchange, and it is one of several parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. You may know the ACA as Obamacare.

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Enroll to Get Covered  

Every health insurance plan in the Marketplace at offers comprehensive coverage, from doctors to medications to hospital visits. You can compare all of your insurance options based on:

  • Price
  • Benefits
  • Quality
  • Other features that may be important to you

When you find a plan you like, you pick it during open enrollment. Open enrollment happens every year from November to mid-February. The next open enrollment period will begin November 1, 2014, for health coverage that could start as early as January 1, 2015.

If you missed the 2014 open enrollment, you may still qualify for a special enrollment period due to certain life changes. Visit for more information.

Enrollment in Medicaid and FAMIS (CHIP) can be done at any time during the year.

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Medicaid and FAMIS (CHIP)  

Enrollment in Medicaid and FAMIS (also known as Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP) can be done at any time. You do not need to wait for the open enrollment period.

For answers on how you qualify for Medicaid or FAMIS in Virginia, contact an eligibility worker at:

To apply for Medicaid or FAMIS, contact:

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Already Have a Plan?  

If you are one of the millions of Americans who enrolled in a plan through the Marketplace at, you can use your account to:

  • Record a life changing event (marriage, birth of child, etc.)
  • Learn what is covered under your plan
  • Learn how to use your plan to improve your health

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Live in Another State?  

The Commonwealth of Virginia uses the Marketplace at, which was created by the Federal government. However, some states, like Maryland and the District of Columbia (DC), decided to create their own state-based exchange. If you live in one of these states, you can access affordable healthcare through that state’s exchange.

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4480 King Street
Alexandria, VA, 22302
Fax: 703.746.4938

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed Thursday Mornings