More than 800,000 uninsured Virginians qualify through marketplace

The Affordable Care Act has not been shut down despite 800,00 workers being furloughed by congressional Republicans. Jesse Russell reports.

Even with the federal government shutdown the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces went live across the country. Tuesday saw millions of people visiting the websites of these exchanges to either sign up for insurance or to simply see what they’re all about. In Virginia, an estimated 844,753 people are uninsured and qualify for coverage. According to data released by the federal government the average premium for a family of four with a household income of $50,000 a silver plan would cost $282 per month after tax credits. To help individuals through the sign up process funding has been provided for health care navigators. In Virginia, those navigators are being managed by the Virginia Poverty Law Center through the website enroll-virginia.com. The navigators will be taking part in public sign-up days throughout the state.

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