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NAKASEC VA's Community Services

We provide (now-virtual) services for low-income Asian Americans, in Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and English. These programs are funded in part by the Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Pool.

Citizenship applications & DACA renewals

Our team of staff, volunteers, lawyers, and certified professionals can assist with screening for fee waivers, completing, and reviewing your N-400 application. Also, reminder that DACA has been restored! We encourage you to renew or apply for the first time as soon as possible. DACA and accompanying work permits will last for 2 years.

To make an appointment to ask questions about the naturalization process, contact Soyoung (syoon@nakasec.org or 571-325-9336).
To make an appointment or to ask questions about DACA renewals, contact Yasmin (yyoon@nakasec.org or 301-655-6675).

Affordable healthcare & dental referrals

All services are free and limited to Virginia residents. We have trained staff who can help with:

  • ACA / Obamacare applications; Special Open Enrollment period ends on 5/15!
  • Medicaid & FAMIS applications
  • Low-cost dental & primary care referrals

Don’t miss this second chance to apply for coverage! If you are currently enrolled in Marketplace health insurance, you will be able to change your plan if you’d like. Note that coverage for any Open Enrollment plan will start on the 1st of the month following your selection; ex. a plan chosen on March 3 and a plan chosen on March 25 will both start on April 1.

To make an appointment with us, contact vahealth@nakasec.org or 571-998-2105.

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Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Medicaid?

A state and federal program that provides health coverage if you have a very low income.

What does Medicaid cover?

In-patient and out-patient hospital services, physician services, laboratory and x-ray services, and home health services, among others. Optional benefits include services including prescription drugs, case management, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

Will I be impacted by Public Charge if I get Medicaid?

No – in Virginia, you need a green card/legal permanent resident (LPR) status to get Medicaid. Public Charge only impacts people applying for green card/LPR status.

What are the eligibility requirements for VA?

A resident of the state of VA, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low-income or very low-income. You must also be one of the following:

  • Pregnant, or
  • Be responsible for a child 18 years of age or younger, or
  • Blind, or
  • Have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, or
  • Be 65 years of age or older.

Who is Medicaid for?

Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults, and people with disabilities.

Do I have to renew my Medicaid? What is the process?

Medical Assistance coverage must be reviewed at least once every 12 months to determine continued eligibility for coverage. If this annual review is not completed, coverage may be canceled.

Sometimes, your eligibility may be reviewed for another 12 months without the worker contacting you. If the local DSS is able to renew Medical Assistance coverage with information known to the agency or available from electronic sources, you will receive a notice telling you the coverage has been reviewed and the date of your next annual renewal.

You can also renew your coverage on a computer by visiting the CommonHelp website or over the phone by calling Cover VA at 1-855-242-8282.

What is FAMIS?

Virginia’s health insurance program for children. It makes health care affordable for children from eligible families. FAMIS covers all the medical care that growing children need to avoid getting sick, plus the medical care that will help them if they do get sick or get hurt.

What is FAMIS Plus?

Provides medical coverage for low-income children who may have other health care coverage.

What is FAMIS Moms?

Provides health care coverage for pregnant women.

What do I get under Medicaid as a pregnant person?

When you are enrolled in Medicaid for pregnancy, you get comprehensive health care benefits during your pregnancy and for two months following your baby’s birth. Medicaid may provide up to 3 months retroactive coverage. You also receive dental benefits during your pregnancy coverage. Dental services are administered through the Smiles For Children program.

Can I go to a doctor of my choice with Medicaid?

Not every doctor accepts Medicaid patients; check with them before making an appointment.

One likely reason fewer doctors accept Medicaid patients is that those claims are paid at a lower rate than other insurances. More providers would be interested in Medicaid if the program’s reimbursements were similar to Medicare payments, according to the report.

How will I know if my application has been accepted?

Wait for the letter – Medicaid will send out letter and give you the date you can expect coverage to start.

Look online – When submitting your application online, the website will create an account. Log into your online account and check your status.

Call Medicaid Office – Paperwork you receive from your state’s Medicaid office will have a phone number that you can call to check on the status of your application.

Go to the Medicaid Office – One big advantage of visiting the local office is that you can make any corrections to your application if they are needed right on the spot. Note that they may be busy.