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Healthcare coverage in VA totals more than 300K

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT) -

More than 300,000 Virginians are now signed up for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS on Wednesday released localized data about total signups across the state, and issued a reminder that the deadline for 2015 coverage is Feb. 15.

Nearly 7.5 million Americans selected a plan, or were automatically re-enrolled through the Healthcare.gov site as of Jan. 30. That number includes 329,447 Virginians.

Here's how that number breaks down:

  • 129,737 people in the northern Virginia area (including the District of Columbia, Arlington, Alexandria and parts of Maryland and West Virginia)
  • 55,165 people in the Richmond area
  • 53,801 people in the area of Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Newport News (including parts of North Carolina.)

HHS said in the first two months of Open Enrollment, 83 percent of Virginia consumers who selected health insurance plans were determined eligible for financial assistance to lower their monthly premiums. In Virginia, consumers can choose from nine issuers in the Marketplace in 2015, up from 8 in 2014. Virginia consumers can choose from an average of 23 health plans in their county for 2015 coverage. 80 percent of Virginia Marketplace enrollees as of Dec. 2014 could obtain coverage for $100 or less after any applicable tax credits in 2015.

Information is available at HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov. Marketplace call center representatives are available to help all day, every day at 800-318-2596. TTY users should call 855-889-4325. Assistance is available in 150 languages. The call is free. For in-person help, consumers can find local help by visiting localhelp.healthcare.gov.

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