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Virginia requests $273.2 million from increased FMAP for HCBS spending

| Jul 20, 2021 | Virginia

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) submitted its $273.2 million spending plan for home and community based services (HCBS) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) last month, which will draw funds from 10 percent increase in Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) under President Biden’s American...[ Read More ]

New public health lab, electronic health records system, among Virginia ARPA funding proposals

| Jul 19, 2021 | Virginia

On August 2, the General Assembly will convene a special session to determine the allocations of $4.3 billion in relief funds the Commonwealth will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).      Gov. Ralph Northam and state legislators previously stated the Commonwealth should use the funding to get...[ Read More ]

VDH announces new dashboard to show COVID-19 cases by vaccination status and to track COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases

| Jul 9, 2021 | Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) COVID-19 in Virginia dashboards now include information on the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths by vaccination status. They also include data to track COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Vaccine breakthrough means someone who is fully vaccinated develops COVID-19. State Health Commissioner M. Norman...[ Read More ]

Wellcome MD CEO Linda Nash on the future of concierge medicine

| Jul 8, 2021 | Virginia

In June, Virginia Business named Wellcome MD founder and CEO Linda Nash as one of the inaugural recipients of the Virginia Business Women in Leadership Awards. When Nash first ventured into the field of concierge medicine in 2002, the patient-membership niche was unpredictable, she described. Doctors in concierge medicine intentionally...[ Read More ]

Gov. Northam's pay raises could address understaffed state behavioral health facilities

| Jul 7, 2021 | Virginia

Starting in July, Virginia state employees will receive paychecks that include a five percent pay raise. Gov. Ralph Northam and the state legislature approved the 2020-2022 state budget last March and saved $2 billion after freezing newly adopted spending expenses last year due to the pandemic, which will help contribute...[ Read More ]

More than 750,000 Virginia adults gain new Medicaid dental benefit

| Jul 1, 2021 | Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that more than 750,000 adult Medicaid members will have access to comprehensive dental services under a benefit that begins July 1, 2021. The Governor celebrated the launch of the new adult dental benefit during an event at the Capital Area Health Network’s Vernon J. Harris...[ Read More ]

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