‘Not an ideal rollout’ – CVS brings more vaccine to Va., amid confusion, concerns about fairness and equity

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Michael Martz , Sabrina Moreno 16 hrs ago The leader of Virginia’s push to vaccinate residents against COVID-19 says the state was right to ask that people on health department waiting lists have priority for appointments to receive doses at 36 CVS pharmacies across the state through a federal initiative President Joe Biden announced last week. However, Dr. Danny Avula acknowledged that …

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Gov. Ralph Northam will join public talk on coronavirus with Virginians [Fri., Jan. 8, 2:45 pm]

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By ELISHA SAUERSTHE VIRGINIAN-PILOT |JAN 04, 2021 AT 4:33 PM If you have a burning question for Dr. Anthony Fauci about COVID-19, this might be your rare opportunity. The event will focus on how COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting Black and Hispanic communities and address misinformation about the virus. It’s co-sponsored by the governor’s office, the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Commonwealth University Massey …

500K Virginians enrolled in Medicaid since 2019 expansion

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More than 116K enrolled since pandemic began PUBLISHED DECEMBER 30, 2020BY RICH GRISET The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) has announced that more than 500,000 Virginians have enrolled in health coverage since expanded Medicaid eligibility rules took effect in January 2019. Virginia was the only state in nation to experience a reduction in its uninsured rate between 2018 and 2019, …

Virginia’s New Balance Billing Law Takes Effect January 1, 2021

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New Balance Billing Law Takes Effect January 1, 2021 Applications for Opt-in Plans Now Being Accepted/Arbitrator Applications Coming Soon October 30, 2020 Contact: Katha Treanor Phone: 804-371-9141 Email: Katha.Treanor@scc.virginia.gov RICHMOND – Many Virginians will have protection from surprise medical bills beginning January 1, 2021. Individuals enrolled in fully insured managed care plans in Virginia and state employees will benefit from …

FDA Approves First Treatment for COVID-19

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FDA Approves First Treatment for COVID-19  For Immediate Release:October 22, 2020 Español Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the antiviral drug Veklury (remdesivir) for use in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older and weighing at least 40 kilograms (about 88 pounds) for the treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. Veklury should only be administered in a hospital …

Governor Announces $22 Million for Virginia COVID-19 Vaccination Program

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Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE · October 23, 2020     Office of the Governor Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov Governor Announces $22 Million for Virginia COVID-19 Vaccination Program   ~ Funding will support statewide vaccination program when vaccine is approved ~ RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced $22 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic …

Governor Northam Allocates CARES Act Dollars to Help Free Clinics

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  Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE · October 23, 2020     Office of the Governor Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov   Governor Northam Allocates CARES Act Dollars to Help Free Clinics   ~ Funds will reimburse clinics for COVID-19 expenses ~   RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth will use $3 million in …

Virginia Health Benefit Exchange Preps for Open Enrollment Period; Doug Gray Named to Exchange Advisory Committee

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October 8, 2020 Contact: Ken Schrad Phone: 804-371-9858 Email: Ken.Schrad@scc.virginia.gov RICHMOND – The Virginia Health Benefit Exchange continues preparations for the November 1 open enrollment period for 2021 health plans. The Virginia Exchange will operate on the federal exchange – HealthCare.gov – for 2021. The Virginia Health Benefit Exchange was created by the 2020 Virginia General Assembly to be operated …

Virginia Launches New Open Data Portal to Enhance COVID-19 Response and Recovery

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  Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE · October 1, 2020     Office of the Governor Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov   Office of the Chief Data Officer Loren.Gonzalez@governor.virginia.gov   Virginia Launches New Open Data Portal to Enhance COVID-19 Response and Recovery   ~ Virtual Virginia Datathon will use state portal to develop applications that address …

100,000 Virginians Enrolled in Medicaid Program During COVID-19 Crisis

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More than 100,000 Virginians have enrolled in the Medicaid program since the COVID-19 health emergency began in March. This crisis is still very much a reality. People are worried about getting sick. Thousands of Virginians have lost their jobs and health insurance. We want them to know: We’ve got you covered. It is important that they have access to preventive …