Virginia Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to Virginia.


Disability Insurance

Federal Disability Insurance (SSDI & SSI)
Social Security Administration

Find your local SSA office

More Disability Resources


How to File Bankruptcy in Virginia for Free

Filing bankruptcy can be an effective way to eliminate medical bills and credit card debt among other kinds of erasable debts.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling


Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division

State Fair Employment Agency
Virginia Office of Attorney General, Division of Human Rights

Vocational Rehabilitation
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

More Employment Resources

Health Insurance

Virginia Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)

Virginia Bureau of Insurance
Main Office: 804.371.9741; Life and Health Consumer Services: 804.371.9691; Toll-Free: 1.877.310.6560

U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration

Virginia Bureau of Insurance
Main Office: 804.371.9741; Life and Health Consumer Services: 804.371.9691; Toll-free: 1.877.310.6560

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicaid Programs

Triage Cancer Guide to Medicaid Expansion

Medical Assistance Programs

State Medicaid Program for In-Home Care
The Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC)

Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) Program
800.432.5924 (in Virginia) or 804.225.4236

State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS)

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family

More Health Insurance Resources


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
800.MEDICARE (633.4227)

Medicare & You

Medicare Assistance
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Virginia Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (VICAP)

More Health Insurance Resources

Health Care Programs & Laws

Women’s Health & Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Sharing Medical Information with Family & Friends

Hill Burton Federally-Funded Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Community Clinics

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

Free Breast and Cervical Screenings, Every Woman's Life


Local transit systems may provide free or discounted rates for low-income individuals and families. Some cities also offer bus passes, vouchers for taxi or ride-sharing services, or shuttle services for patients traveling to cancer treatments.

Dial 211 for assistance.

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
Virginia Employment Commission

Agency: Virginia Employment Commission

Information and filing available here. Claimants can file online or by phone. Claimants can file weekly re-certifications for benefits online or by phone. Click here to see the current weekly benefit amount and the maximum length of benefits. Payments are available via direct deposit or debit card. Most claimants are required to register with the Virginia Workforce Connection and to make multiple job search contacts per week in order to maintain eligibility for benefits. There is a comprehensive guidebook available. Frequently asked questions are answered here. Customer service can be reached by phone: 1-866-832-2363.

Updates related to Virginia unemployment benefits and Covid-19

State Clinical Trials Law

VA. Code Ann. §§ 2.2-2818 (16), 38.2-3418.8

Who must cover the costs? Private insurers, specified managed care plans, and public employee health plans; however, health plans (including specific limited benefit policies, policies designed for those eligible for Medicare, and other similar state or governmental plans) delivered, issued, or renewed in the state before July 1, 1999, are not required to comply

What must be covered? Patient costs arising from cancer clinical trials. Phase II, III, and IV trials are covered, while Phase I clinical trials may be covered on a case-by-case basis.

Requirements for Coverage: The faculty and personnel providing the treatment must be capable of doing so because of their experience.  A clearly superior, non-investigational treatment alternative must not exist, and the patient’s physician must recommend participation as being appropriate treatment.

Qualifying Trials: The trial must be approved by either (1) the NCI, (2) an NCI cooperative group or center, (3) the U.S. F.D.A. in the form of an investigational new drug application, (4) the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, or (5) a state IRB with a multiple project assurance contract approved by the Office of Protection from Research Risks of the NCI.

(Current as of 8/2022)