Substantial changes to ACA Health Insurance take effect April 1

CHARLESTON — Starting on April 1, West Virginia residents will have a new opportunity to enroll in health coverage through the Marketplace and get lower pricing. Anyone who is not eligible for insurance through Medicare, Medicaid, or employer-based insurance is eligible for Marketplace insurance under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) provisions.

New rules to expand coverage options for those who currently have ACA insurance will expand subsidies and lower monthly premiums. Anyone currently enrolled or those who are uninsured and need coverage can take advantage of the expanded financial help. Even most high-income earners will now be able to qualify for the lower-cost plans.

Additionally, those who are uninsured and have received any Unemployment Compensation benefits in 2021 will have special access to free or reduced-cost plans. West Virginians now have until August 15, 2021 to enroll in the program. More information is available at or by calling (304) 356-5834.