For over 80 years, Anthem and HealthKeepers have been committed to helping all Virginians have access to important health care coverage. In 2014, when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) started, we created a new set of quality, affordable health plans to offer consumers through the Health Insurance Marketplace, also called the exchange. So when we recently learned through our discussions with state regulators that many Virginians, mostly in rural areas of the state, would not have any insurers offering plans through the exchange, we decided to refile our original plan and to return to an additional 63 cities and counties. Starting on January 1, 2018, Anthem and HealthKeepers will now offer on- and off-Individual exchange plans in a total of 68 cities and counties.
This decision will provide access to health care coverage for up to 70,000 Virginians who might not otherwise have access. Not only is this the right thing to do for our members, it also helps to reduce the number of uninsured people who could negatively impact rural health care providers.
Anthem and HealthKeepers will remain focused on developing the Individual health plan market and will continue to advocate for solutions that will stabilize the market and allow us to once again, offer Individual health insurance coverage throughout the state of Virginia in the future.
In Virginia, Anthem and HealthKeepers will offer plans on and off the Individual exchange in the following cities and counties: Accomack, Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Bland, Botetourt, Bristol City, Brunswick, Buchanan, Buena Vista City, Caroline, Carroll, Covington City, Craig, Culpeper, Dickenson, Emporia City, Essex, Fauquier, Floyd, Franklin, Franklin City, Frederick, Galax, Giles, Goochland, Grayson, Greensville, Henry, Highland, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Lee, Lexington, Madison, Martinsville, Middlesex, Montgomery, New Kent, Northampton, Northumberland, Norton, Orange, Page, Patrick, Powhatan, Pulaski, Radford City, Rappahannock, Richmond County, Roanoke County, Roanoke City, Rockbridge, Russell, Salem City, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth, Southampton, Staunton, Tazewell, Washington, Waynesboro, Westmoreland, Winchester City, Wise, and Wythe.
We're committed to helping you find health plan options for 2018 and beyond, and we'll continue to work hard to find new ways to keep health care benefits affordable. As we get closer to open enrollment, we'll update this page with new information. So you may want to bookmark it to return here easily. In the meantime, if you have questions, please take a look at the frequently asked questions (FAQ) and links to other resources below.
Q: I have a HealthKeepers individual ACA health plan - when do I have to find new coverage?
A: Nothing is changing with your HealthKeepers ACA health plan in 2017. Later this year, you'll have to shop for a new plan for 2018. You'll do this during the open enrollment period starting November 1. Affected members will receive an official notice that their plan is ending, along with information on options for next year. We'll help you connect with the right people to find a new plan.
Q: I didn't switch to an ACA plan, my individual health plan is grandfathered. Does this affect me?
A: No, this change affects HealthKeepers ACA individual health plans only.
Q: Is Anthem also discontinuing individual dental and vision plans in Virginia?
A: No, this change affects HealthKeepers individual ACA health plans only. We'll continue to offer dental and vision plans in Virginia.
Q: I get health benefits from my employer. Does this affect me?
A: No, this change affects HealthKeepers individual ACA health plans only. Plans sponsored by employers are not impacted.
Q: I have a Medicare or Medicaid plan. Does this affect me?
A: No, this change affects HealthKeepers individual ACA health plans only. Anthem's Medicare plans are not impacted.