City of Alexandria, VA
Information to help unravel the complexities of Medicare and Medicaid, as well as resources for individualized insurance counseling.
VICAP-Virginia Insurance Counseling Assistance Program
A free program offering individualized counseling to help with a wide range of insurance related issues such as:
To schedule an appointment with a VICAP counselor, call the Office of Aging and Adult Services at 703-746-5999.
Please note that the following information on Medicare is meant for informational purposes only and does not guarantee coverage. For specific information, please visit the Medicare website or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
Medicare Basics – Medicare is a health insurance for people 65 years or older, under age 65 with certain disabilities, and any age with end stage renal disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Medicare has 4 parts:
Please note that the following information on Medicaid is meant for informational purposes only and does not guarantee coverage. For specific information, please call the Department of Human Services at 703-746-5700. For more information about eligibility, visit the DMAS website.
Medicaid Basics: Medicaid is an entitlement health insurance program financed by the federal and state governments and administered by the states. The Virginia Medicaid program is administered by the Department of Medical Assistance (DMAS). The local Department of Social Services screens potential applicants for eligibility.
Medicaid was created primarily to assist persons with low income, but coverage is dependent on other criteria also. Eligibility is primarily for those persons falling into particular categories such as low income children, pregnant women, the elderly, persons with disabilities and parents meeting specific income thresholds. Each state sets their own income and asset eligibility criteria, while following federal guidelines. In Virginia, income and resource requirements vary by category.
Medicaid may pay for some long-term care services such as nursing home and assisted living care for elderly or disabled individuals who meet specific criteria for the program.