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Notes: Thousands of Alexandria households could lose Medicaid coverage starting next month

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Thousands of households around Alexandria will lose access to food assistance and Medicaid starting next month.

SNAP food assistance was temporarily increased during the Covid pandemic, and anyone without health insurance could receive Medicaid. But in February many of those benefits are set to expire.

The Department of Community and Human Services said around 3,845 households will see a decrease in their SNAP benefits starting in March.

An estimated 6,549 households receiving Medicaid will lose coverage when all Medicaid recipients undergo reevaluation of their coverage to see if they still meet eligibility criteria.

“Beneficiaries with questions about their benefits may call 855.635.4370 or visit the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) at 2525 Mount Vernon Avenue or at the new DCHS location at 4850 Mark Center after February 3,” the Department of Community and Human Services said in a release.

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