VHCA Provides Comments to VHRI

On August 16, 2010, Governor Bob McDonnell announced the membership of the Virginia Health Reform Initiative (VHRI) Advisory Council. The Council’s objectives include the provision of recommendations to the Governor towards a comprehensive strategy for implementing health reform in Virginia. The Advisory Council is made up of leaders from the legislature, health care delivery, health care policy, health insurance, and business communities.

The VHRI Advisory Council will meet on June 12th in Richmond.  The primary focus of the upcoming meeting will be Medicaid reform.  The Advisory Council will be presented with overviews of the Medicaid Reform Matrix and with Medicaid reforms now in progress including managed care and the planned Medicare-Medicaid Financial Alignment Demonstration (Dual Demonstration). The agenda for the June 12th meeting also includes updates on the development of federal insurance exchange and on the development of a new statewide Eligibility and Enrollment System.  More information about VHRI and the June 12th meeting is located here.

The Medicaid Reform Matrix was developed to inform Virginia Medicaid providers and other stakeholders about Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) plans to strategically implement Medicaid Reform budget language as passed by the 2013 General Assembly and subsequently signed by the Governor.  Additionally, this document serves as a tool to solicit stakeholder written public comment and support for implementation strategies.

VHCA submitted written comments to VHRI in response to our review of the Medicaid Reform Matrix.  Members seeking additional information about the upcoming meeting or our comments should contact the association at 804.353.9101.  VHCA staff will attend the June 12th VHRI meeting and will report any significant developments to our members.