Virginia Medicaid

Medicaid COVID Response

Virginia Medicaid responded rapidly to the COVID-19 health care emergency by initiating a series of policy changes that ensure our members have access to care and our providers have the support they need during this critical time. These policies include protections to ensure that no Medicaid member loses coverage during the health emergency and the elimination of co-payments on all Medicaid and FAMIS covered services. We also implemented strategies, including retainer payments and staffing flexibilities, to support our health care providers, who are critical to the Commonwealth’s ability to recover from this crisis.

Infographic - VA Medicaid is taking action to fight COVID-19

 Medicaid's Got Virginia Covered: The COVID-19 Emergency [pdf]

Emergency Waivers

  • For the length of the emergency, we are making changes to: telemedicine, service authorization, client appeals, out-of-pocket costs to members, prescription limits, face-to-face requirements, behavioral health, and eligibility and enrollment. Regulatory waivers for these changes are detailed here.

  • For the length of the emergency, we are changing: home care and hospice, level of care determinations, nursing facility data reporting, nursing facility screening, remote certifications and assessments, durable medical equipment, background checks for personal care, paying responsible parties for certain services, provider screening and enrollment, and additional changes to client appeals and service authorization. Regulatory waivers for these changes are detailed here.


For Members

Virginia Medicaid is taking steps to improve access to care for Medicaid and FAMIS members.


For Providers

Updates for Providers on COVID-19



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COVID19 Updates


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