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Aetna, Optima are two of the best-performing health plans in Virginia

| Sep 29, 2021 | Virginia

Aetna Life Insurance Company (Virginia) and Optima Health Plan both earned four out of five stars and “accredited” status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)’s annual review, which was updated this month. The NCQA’s review rated 77 health plans in the Virginia market based on patient experience, prevention...[ Read More ]

Virginia takes steps to address maternal health disparities and mortality ahead of 2022 session

| Sep 28, 2021 | Virginia

Increased reimbursement for maternal health providers, community-based services, and disaggregated data were key themes among Virginia maternal health advocates at the Joint Commission on Health Care meeting last week. Policy makers heard testimonies from three agencies to better inform their priorities for the upcoming 2022 legislative session.      Carol...[ Read More ]

Three potential legislative health care studies coming in 2022

| Sep 22, 2021 | Virginia

The Legislative Joint Commission on Health Care began discussion on potential topics to study in 2022 and identified three areas of interest during its meeting on Tuesday. The Commission’s executive committee will then meet in two weeks to finalize topics, followed by background research and drafting study resolutions for the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Virginia: Q&A w/ Jennifer Faison, State public option, Health equity

| Sep 22, 2021 | Virginia

Fall is here. That means football, a little more rain, and elections. Polling in the governor's race appears to show a steady lead of 3 to 4 points for McAullife. Youngkin will need to pull some more votes from the Southern Coastal region where he leads with 55%, according to...[ Read More ]

Governor Northam announces veterans telehealth partnership in Southside

| Sep 20, 2021 | Virginia

Governor Northam Thursday announced veterans in Southside will gain easy access to quality healthcare through a pilot telehealth service located in Martinsville. The partnership between the Virginia Department of Health and the Salem Veterans Affairs Health Care System will establish a new point of access at the Martinsville Health Department...[ Read More ]

Q&A with VACSB director Jennifer Faison on supporting community health

| Sep 17, 2021 | Virginia

Jennifer Faison is the executive director of the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards (VACSB) which oversees 39 CSBs across the Commonwealth and the Behavioral Health Authority. Faison has advocated for Virginia’s behavioral health workforce — not just at state hospitals but the services embedded in the community as well,...[ Read More ]

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