Understanding the VCC Program
Many of our Social Security disability and workers compensation clients receive medical care through Virginia Coordinated Care for the Uninsured (VCC Program). This post provides information on the VCC Program and is designed to help injured workers and disabled persons understand the program and how it may be able to help them get the medical care they need.
What is the VCC Program?
The VCC Program is a program created by VCU Medical Center. The VCC Program is designed to provide uninsured persons with access to affordable health care.
The VCC Program is not insurance coverage; but, rather, a partnership between VCU Medical Center and other participating health care providers to treat uninsured individuals who qualify for the program.
How does VCC work?
To qualify for the program, you must complete a financial application with the VCU Medical Center. Once approved, you qualify for medical care at a reduced rate from health care providers at VCU and other participating doctors and hospitals.
All treatment is run through your primary care physician. You will need a referral from your primary care physician if treatment with a specialist is needed.
Applying for VCC
You should contact a financial counselor at the VCU Medical Center to apply for the VCC Program. The financial counselor will review your income and health insurance situation to make sure that you qualify for benefits.
If you have already qualified for the VCC Program and your eligibility is set to run out, make sure you contact your financial counselor at least two months before your last date of eligibility to refile.
Services Available through the VCC Program
The VCC Program provides certain services as long as they are medically necessary, provided or referred by your VCC primary care physician, provided by a doctor, hospital, or facility that participates in the VCC Program, and are received during your eligibility period. The following services are usually covered:
- Emergency care
- Hospital care
The VCC Program usually does not cover the following:
- Routine dental care
- Routine eye exams
- Foot care designed to improve comfort
- Cosmetic surgery
- Treatment for alcoholism, drug addiction, or substance abuse
- Ambulance or other transportation
- Assisted living or nursing home services
- Weight reduction programs
For additional information, contact VCU Medical Center at 804-628-0268
How Much Does it Cost?
The VCC Program uses a sliding scale to determine how much you are expected to pay.