The Healthcare You Deserve
VHO, Inc.’s mission is to provide assistance to populations with chronic health conditions experiencing barriers in obtaining, understanding and effectively using health insurance and other supports to manage their health condition. We accomplish this by linking clients to support services and appropriate health insurance plans that will empower them to better manage their health conditions.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Special Notice to Nexus Program Customers, Participating Physicians, and Community Partners
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the globe and our nation, including the Northern Virginia region, the Nexus Program is implementing new ways to continue providing services to our customers. In order to best protect the health and safety of our customers and staff we will follow guidelines as ordered by the Centers for Disease Control and the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Some steps that are currently being taken include:
- All in-person appointments at the Nexus Program office in Annandale have been suspended as of March 19th.
- The Nexus Program staff will be utilizing telework options until further notice in order to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19.
- Your Non-Medical Case Manager (NMCM) and Medical Case Manager (MCM) are using phone and video technology as appropriate to connect with you.
- All paperwork and required documents needed for services can still be dropped off at the office drop box from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.
- If you have recently lost your jobs or insurance, we are here to help providing emergency food cards and assisting with Medicaid enrollment.
- To reach your Case Manager please call the office at 703-639-0558 and leave a voicemail. Your voicemail will be forwarded electronically to their email.
Currently the COVID-19 pandemic is filled with many unknowns and uncertainties. The Nexus Program staff are working to remain a source of support for our community during this time period and are available to help answer your questions regarding COVID-19. If you desire more information or want to know about ways the Nexus Program can help you during this time, then please contact us at 703-639-0558. We will electronically receive your voicemail and reach out to you as soon as possible. Updates to the situation will be posted here to our website as conditions change.
If you have any questions or need any support, please reach out to Nexus Program staff. Take care of yourselves and each other during these uncertain times.
Support services provided in the Nexus program expand the options available to newly diagnosed or People Living with HIV (PLWH) giving them the benefit and flexibility of receiving HIV-related care in a medical setting of their choosing – a private infectious disease, primary care or specialist practice. For more information, visit the Nexus website:
Since 2014, VHO has been assisting Ryan White eligible Virginia ADAP clients enroll in health insurance plans available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Federal Marketplace. During the year, VHO helps eligible clients with Special Enrollment and may soon be assisting with Medicaid enrollments made possible by the Medicaid Expansion in Virginia.
Improving lives, saving money, and supporting communities.
Since 2014, VHO has enrolled approximately 1500 Ryan White eligible Virginia ADAP individuals in health insurance plans offered through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace.
Studies have shown that individuals with HIV disease who have access to health insurance enjoy better health outcomes including well-controlled HIV disease, decreased mortality, and decreased risk of transmission to others.
Since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) have made a concerted effort to enroll uninsured individuals in ACA health insurance plans as both a cost-saving strategy and to increase patient access to care.
A recently published study, “Determinants of facilitated health insurance enrollment for patients with HIV disease, and impact of insurance enrollment on targeted health outcomes”, evaluated the impact of ADAP-facilitated health insurance and on health outcomes and found enough evidence to suggest that programs, including Virginia ADAP, continue to prioritize facilitated insurance enrollment strategies to ensure continued improvement in health outcomes.
What People Are Saying
Our practice was looking for a community partner, with whom to support the care of individuals with HIV. We needed an agency with experience working in the medical field, especially in the areas of access to insurance plans and case management of individuals with social and financial needs. We found the perfect fit and have enjoyed our collaboration with VHO. Together we created the Nexus Program, with expanded access to care for individuals with HIV throughout Northern Virginia.
David Wheeler, MD
Infectious Diseases Physicians