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Virginia's Medicaid Program

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Upcoming Meetings at DMAS

Find information regarding upcoming meetings at the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) in 2023 and 2024.

Help Children in Your Community Get Health Insurance

According to the CDC, nearly 45% of children under the age of 18 are covered by public health insurance. Sadly, this means that more than 1.2 million children in the United States are still uninsured. Virginia Medicaid offers low and no cost health coverage for Virginia's children. Help us spread the word.

Do Your Children Have Health Insurance?

The 2023-24 school year is here! Protect your children with quality health coverage as they return to school. Virginia Medicaid offers affordable health care for children and families at low or no cost.

Applying for Health Coverage: What You Need to Know

If you are ready to apply for health coverage for your family, here are a few things you should know.

Hone Your Skills as a Medicaid Expert

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) and the Virginia Health Care Foundation are partnering to offer in-person and on-demand training classes that teach you how to help eligible adults and their families sign up for health coverage.

Virginia Premier is Becoming Optima Health

Virginia Premier will become part of Optima Health as of July 1, 2023. If you have Virginia Premier as your Medicaid managed care health plan, you will receive information from Optima Health as your new managed care provider. This change will not impact your health benefits or coverage.

New Enrollment Site and Helpline for CCC Plus Medicaid Members

Effective June 1, 2023, Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC Plus) members will use a new website to choose a Medicaid health plan, learn about benefits, and search for in-network providers. The website,, will replace the existing website, and is organized in a familiar manner. As of June 1, 2023, will automatically redirect members to the new website going forward.

Join Us for Our Virtual Career Day

The competitive job market is encouraging employers, including DMAS, to think outside the box when recruiting new talent. Virginia Medicaid is hosting its first Virtual Lunch and Learn Career Day on Wednesday, May 3 from 12-1 p.m. to provide information about the application process, as well as the many benefits of working for DMAS.

Medicaid Fraud Alert

Please be aware that DMAS has been notified that Medicaid members in other states have received fraudulent text messages during the “return to normal enrollment” period that seek payment from the member to prevent the loss of their health insurance.

Changes in Open Enrollment Dates

The dates of open enrollment are changing for all Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC Plus) members. Starting in 2023, your open enrollment dates depend on where you live.