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Governor Northam Authorizes Hazard Pay for Home Health Workers

Date: 10.15.2020

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced $73 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to provide hazard pay to home health personal care attendants who served high-risk populations during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Virginia Medicaid Agency Releases Report on Access to Primary Care

Date: 07.28.2020

Richmond – The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) today released a report demonstrating that the state has an adequate network of primary care providers to ensure access to care in the Commonwealth, with a significant majority of providers currently treating Medicaid members and accepting new patients with Medicaid coverage.


Virginia Medicaid Approved for Housing and Employment Supports

Date: 07.15.2020

Richmond – The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) today announced that the agency has received federal approval to offer housing and employment support services for Medicaid members who have significant behavioral and physical health needs.


Virginia Medicaid Launches New Managed Care Dashboards

Date: 07.09.2020

Richmond – The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) today announced two new dashboards that support the agency’s goals for greater transparency and give members, providers, taxpayers and other stakeholders access to key financial information about the managed care programs that oversee care for 98% of the state’s 1.6 million Medicaid members.


Virginia Medicaid Report Shows Increase in Opioid Treatment Among Pregnant Women

Date: 06.17.2020

Richmond – The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) released a new report today showing a significant increase in treatment rates for pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) following the launch of the agency’s Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) program in 2017.


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