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Virginia legislature considers restrictions on vertically integrated health carriers

| Sep 9, 2021

Senator J. Chapman Petersen’s (D-Fairfax) bill to establish standards for vertically integrated health carriers (VICs) received testimony at the Health Insurance Reform Commission meeting last week, with both sides claiming the other would increase health costs for Virginians.      Senate Bill 867 defines a VIC as a health insurer...[ Read More ]

Health insurance reform commission makes headway on benefits bills backlog

| Sep 2, 2021

On Tuesday, the Virginia Health Insurance Reform Commission discussed a number of mandated provider benefit bills referred from the 2020 session. The bi-cameral commission is charged with reviewing legislation, ensuring proper implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and recommending changes as necessary.     Commission Chair Sen. George Barker...[ Read More ]

Leaders discus key strategies to payment parity in Virginia health care

| Sep 1, 2021

Leaders from various health care silos discussed potential strategies to increase payment parity at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Virtual Colloquium Addressing Health Equity last week. A 2019 survey from the Virginia Center for Health Innovation found over 55% of surveyed adults in Virginia experienced health care affordability hardships in the last...[ Read More ]

Virginia considers public option and other insurance affordability strategies

| Aug 20, 2021

Virginia is joining a number of states considering a public option, among other strategies, to make health insurance more affordable for Virginians. General Assembly members of the Health Insurance Affordability in the Individual Market Subcommittee, under the Joint Commission on Health Care, met Wednesday to consult insurance experts on potential...[ Read More ]

Next steps for Virginia health insurance after successful enrollment period

| Aug 19, 2021

Over 48,000 Virginians gained health insurance through the state marketplace during the 2021 Special Enrollment Period (SEP), which concluded Sunday, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The SEP report estimates over 2.5 million Americans overall gained health coverage through and state marketplaces during the SEP....[ Read More ]