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Searching for Health Coverage

The Bureau is here to provide you with free assistance in your search for health coverage. This section of the Bureau’s webpage offers tips for finding health coverage. The following is information you should know that may be useful in your search:

Coverage for Children - A new law prohibits insurers from denying coverage for a child younger than age 19 on the basis that the child has a pre-existing condition, and another new law requires the option to add your adult children to your family coverage. See our guide to Immediate Provisions of Federal Health Care Reform

Guaranteed Issue - Two insurers in Virginia have been designated as the insurer of last resort and must offer health coverage to citizens of the Commonwealth: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (for residents in the Northern Virginia area) and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The Bureau offers a listing of all companies offering individual health or dental coverage in Virginia.

Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) - The federal government operates a Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan in Virginia for people with a pre-existing condition who have been uninsured for at least 6 months. Information on this plan can be found at: www.pcip.govExternal Link logo
Effective February 16, 2013, the federally-run Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) has suspended accepting new enrollment applications until further notice. Details regarding this suspension can be found at - A tool to help you search for the best option for your particular situation is available at a website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Link logo

The following are specific concerns you might have that will lead you to additional resources:

I lost my job and my health insurance.

Where can I get health insurance?

What should I consider when choosing a Health Care Plan?

I am having trouble affording health insurance.

I need help paying for prescription drugs.

If you would like to discuss your particular situation with a Bureau Consumer Services Representative, you may contact us Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

Toll free number 1-877-310-6560
or locally (804) 371-9691
Please include your name, mailing address and telephone number.


The content on this page is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement by the State Corporation Commission of any product or service or of any person or organization offering any product or service.