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Virginia Medicare Resources

Are you a Northern Virginia resident looking for information about Medicare? Take a look below for some free resources available to you at any time.

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The Office for Aging Services of the Division for Community Living

Office for Aging Services Website

1610 Forest Avenue, Suite 100
Henrico, Virginia 23229
Phone: 804-662-9333 V/TTY
Toll Free: 800-552-3402 V/TTY

Formerly the The Virginia Division for the Aging, the Office for Aging Services of the Division for Community Living has a mission for helping aging Virginia residents live independently.

Resources Available

*VICAP counselors are not licensed to sell insurance.

Department of Medical Assistance Services

DMAS Website

600 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-786-7933

Provides assistance for Virginia residents enrolled in health programs, including Medicare, who have limited income and resources and are seeking discounts. Contact DMAS if you have questions regarding eligibility.

Resources Available

Virginia Department of Social Services

Medical Assistance Programs at Virginia Dept. of Social Services

801 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-726-7000 (Main Agency Line)

Partnering with 120 local departments of social services, along with faith-based and nonprofit organizations, the Virginia Department of Social Services works to provide healthcare resources for its residents statewide.

Resources Available*

  • Eligibility Requirements for Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries
  • Eligibility Requirements for Special Low-income Medicare Beneficiaries
  • Eligibility Requirements for Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries
  • Application Process for People About to be Released From Incarceration
  • Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP)
  • Possible Coverage if Your Income is Too High
  • Proof of Citizenship and Identity for Medicaid (1/2011)

*Site resources subject to change. See Medical Assistance page on the DSS site for latest updated information.

Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging

V4A Website

24 E. Cary St. Suite 100
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-545-1644

Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging (V4A) is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of older adults, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers through its partnerships. The nonprofit has been in existence since 1976 and is made up of 25 local areas on aging throughout the state.

Resources Available

Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) vs. Medicare

Office of Personnel Management
Retirement Operations Center
P.O. Box 45
Boyers, PA 16017-0045
Phone: 1-88USOPMRET (1-888-767-6738) or 202-606-0500

If you are a federal employee, you may have access to Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) and have questions about healthcare. Check out these resources to learn more!

Introduction of Coordination of Care between FEHB and Medicare

Resources available in the FEHB and Medicare Resource above:

  • FEHB and Medicare Booklet
  • The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program and Medicare FastFacts

Recent Virginia Medicare Posts

What Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) Is and How It Impacts Skilled Nursing Care Coverage

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There may come a time over the course of your health care journey when you will need to stay overnight in a hospital. This can happen for a wide variety of reasons. However, you and your family will need to consider how or whether this impacts your skilled nursing care coverage under Medicare. You or your family may receive a Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON), but if you have never received it, it can be hard to know what steps to take next. Read below about what this is and what questions you might have about the impact of this on your general care needs. What is Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON)? A Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) is a document that provides you notice as to whether or not you are considered an inpatient during your hospital stay. This can be confusing to some because if the hospital does…

New Medicare Drug Plan Regulations May Confuse Patients, Push for Trying Cheaper Options

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New regulations from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, puts new regulations on the private Medicare drug plan market to move towards use of cheaper drugs first. Referred to as "step therapy," the push towards using the cheaper drugs first before more expensive alternatives are tried has been part of the regulations in the past but was not preferred by providers or patients. According to an article from ThinkAdvisor, "CMS says it will speed up its process for handling patient appeals related to the kinds of drugs affected by the new rules." This will hopefully alleviate the concerns from previous attempts at moving towards a step therapy policy. A preliminary version of the final Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage drug price regulations is available here. For help understanding this and other changes in the Medicare marketplace, contact…

COBRA Reimbursement Pitfalls at Retirement

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by: Eric Steinlage The last few years, I have seen an increase with large employers offering top employees a COBRA severance package when they decide to finally retire. This is often done to entice the employee to “stick around” for another year to train the employee taking over the retiree’s responsibilities. The employer will generally pay for up to 18 months of COBRA with little to no cost for the retiree. This situation can cause headache for the retiree when they come off the COBRA plan and try to find their own coverage. Most people are eligible for Medicare Part A and Part B at age 65 but, due to people working later, it is not uncommon for people to postpone Part B at age 65. This is due to their group plan offering better and more affordable coverage or “creditable coverage” to Medicare. This is a valid reason for…