How to Apply

If, after using the Screening Tool, you think you may qualify for Medicaid, FAMIS, or Plan First, there are four easy ways to apply.

  1. Apply online at or
  2. Call Cover Virginia at 1-855-242-8282 to apply on the phone or
  3. Print out and complete a paper application (Spanish version available here) and mail it to your local Department of Social Services or
  4. Visit your local Department of Social Services in the town or county in which you live

You should have the following information ready when you apply:

  • Full legal name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, Citizenship or Immigration Status for you and anyone in your household who is applying for health insurance coverage.
  • Most recent federal tax filing information (if available).
  • Job and income information for members of your household for the month prior or the current month. Having recent pay stubs or W-2s to reference may be helpful.
  • Information about other taxable income for members of your household such as unemployment benefits, Social Security payments, pensions, retirement income, rental income, alimony received, etc.
  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance

For more information about how to appeal a decision, visit the Appeals page.

Not Sure If You Qualify?

To find out if you may qualify for Medicaid, FAMIS or Plan First, answer the questions on the Screening Tool on the Am I Eligible? page.

Application Assisters

If you need help with filling out your application, please click on the link to find an Application Assister in your area.

Federal Health Insurance Marketplace

If the screening tool indicates you are likely not eligible for Medicaid, FAMIS, or Plan First, you may be eligible for health insurance through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Some people may qualify for help to pay for their health insurance. Visit or call 1-800-318-2596 for more information.

Open enrollment for Federal Health Insurance Marketplace coverage begins November 2014, but a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) may allow you to enroll in health coverage outside of the Open Enrollment Period. Some qualifying life events will allow you to enroll in or change coverage outside of the Open Enrollment Period. The fact sheet below lists some situations, beyond qualifying life events, which, for complicated cases, may make you eligible for a Special Enrollment Period outside of the Open Enrollment Period. A small number of people will fall into these categories. If you think you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, you’ll need to call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. The process may not necessarily be automatic.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a Consumer Fact Sheet with more information.

Low or No-Cost Providers of Care

For a list of free clinics in your area, visit The Virginia Association of Free Clinics website. To find a community health center in your area, visit the Virginia Community Healthcare Association’s website.


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