As you know, the only ACA-compliant health care insurance policies available in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area for 2018 are offered by Optima Health. Optima has personal plan advisors, who can be reached by calling 1-866-659-0892. Though Optima cannot guarantee a particular outcome, they will do all they can to assist constituents. According to Optima’s experience, roughly 70% of the people who use the ACA Marketplace are eligible for some form of subsidy, and the advisors can help callers check to be sure whether or not they qualify. Even if a caller is not subsidy-qualified, Optima’s advisors can walk you through your options and available resources. Contacting these advisors is the advice that Optima Health has been giving to citizens from our area since the beginning of the open enrollment period (see, for example, the comments on this Facebook post).
A number of Charlottesville-area people whose health insurance premiums have skyrocketed for 2018 have formed a group that has already visited Virginia’s representatives in Congress. Since the ACA is federal law, and Virginia is part of the federal Marketplace, contacting our Senators and Congressman Garrett is essential as we need their help to mend the many different problems which have created our untenable local situation. Please contact them and tell them your story.
To reach our federal government representatives –
5th District U.S. Congressman
c/o Esther Page
District office in Charlottesville is at 686 Berkmar Circle.
US Senator from VA
c/o Chris Monioudis
Charlottesville & Albemarle are covered by the district office in Roanoke.
US Senator from VA
c/o Mark Cheatham
Closest district office is in Richmond.
To call any or all of them at their US Capitol office in Washington, DC, call the Capitol switchboard at 202.224.3121.