Insurance

Information about insurance for senior citizens.

Page updated on Apr 18, 2019 at 2:57 PM

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Insurance

The information provided below is intended to help explain the complexities of Medicare and Medicaid, as well as provide resources for individualized insurance counseling. 

VICAP - Virginia Insurance Counseling Assistance Program


A free program offering individualized counseling to help with a wide range of insurance related issues such as:

  • Understanding Medicare and Medicaid Benefits
  • Assist you in filing for benefits
  • Healthcare Appeals / Denials

VICAP Information


Medicare in Depth Presentations:

Learn about the multiple parts of Medicare, enrollment dates, and how to get the most out of your Medicare insurance coverage.

Date Time

Location: Department of Community and Human Services

Topic  

Tuesday, May 7

10 a.m. 4401 Ford Avenue, Suite 103, Alexandria, VA 22302

Medicare Part A and Part B (Original Medicare) 

Tuesday, May 14

10 a.m. 4401 Ford Avenue, Suite 103, Alexandria, VA 22302

Medigap Plans (Supplemental Insurance) 

Tuesday, May 21

10 a.m. 4401 Ford Avenue, Suite 103, Alexandria, VA 22302

Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans) 

Tuesday, May 28

10 a.m. 4401 Ford Avenue, Suite 103, Alexandria, VA 22302

Medicare Part D (Medicare Prescription Drug Plans)

New to Medicare Presentations:

Learn the basics of Medicare coverage and choices at a New to Medicare Presentation.

Date Time Location Address
Monday, August 5   10 a.m.-12 p.m. DCHS/Cyphers Room 2525 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301
Saturday, September 7 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Beatley Library 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304

 




  
       

All presentations are no cost but registration is required. Space is limited. For more information or to register, call 703.746.5999 or email VICAP@alexandriava.gov.


Medicare

Please note that the following information on Medicare is meant for informational purposes only and does not guarantee coverage. For specific information, please visit the Medicare website or call 1.800.MEDICARE (1.800.633.4227).

Medicare Basics – Medicare is a health insurance for people 65 years or older, under age 65 with certain disabilities, and any age with end stage renal disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Medicare has four parts:

  • Medicare Part A is Hospital Insurance. It pays for care and procedures in various facilities based on Medicare requirements and your eligibility for Medicare part A.
  • Medicare Part B is Medical Insurance and helps cover doctors' services, outpatient hospital care, and some other medical services that Part A does not cover, such as some of the services of physical and occupational therapists, and some home health care.
  • Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage Plans, is another way for you to get your Medicare coverage. They are not supplemental insurance plans. Private insurance companies approved by Medicare provide this coverage.
  • Medicare Part D is Prescription Drug Coverage. The prescription plan must be chosen from a Medicare approved list of providers. The cost of Medicare D depends on the prescription plan chosen by the recipient. Beneficiaries can sign up for Medicare D during the annual enrollment period from November 15 – December 31, or when the beneficiary begins receiving Medicare.

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Medicaid

Please note that the following information on Medicaid is meant for informational purposes only and does not guarantee coverage. For specific information, please call the Department of Human Services at 703.746.5700. For more information about eligibility, visit the DMAS website .

Medicaid Basics: Medicaid is an entitlement health insurance program financed by the federal and state governments and administered by the states. The Virginia Medicaid program is administered by the Department of Medical Assistance (DMAS). The local Department of Community and Human Services, which includes Social Services, screens potential applicants for eligibility.

Medicaid was created primarily to assist persons with low income, but coverage is dependent on other criteria also. Eligibility is primarily for those persons falling into particular categories such as low income children, pregnant women, the elderly, persons with disabilities and parents meeting specific income thresholds. Each state sets their own income and asset eligibility criteria, while following federal guidelines. In Virginia, income and resource requirements vary by category.

Medicaid may pay for some long-term care services such as nursing home and assisted living care for elderly or disabled individuals who meet specific criteria for the program.


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