Virginia CommonHelp gets you access to services you need.

William Tierney Uncategorized

In these difficult times, many Virginians are looking for assistance with essential services. Virginia CommonHelp makes it easy for you to apply for multiple Department of Social Services programs using one online application.   CommonHelp partners with several government agencies to offer Virginians a fast and easy way to apply for a wide range of services:  Help with paying for childcare  Home energy assistance  Help with buying food  Low or no-cost healthcare   Temporary …

VAHP Members Respond to the Problem of Racism

Allyn Hodgins Uncategorized

As the outcry and protests in response to the murder of George Floyd continue, the Virginia Association of Health Plans and its members stand united with people of color. African Americans in particular are hurting. When looking at disparities in health care and the impact of COVID-19 in communities of color, it is clear this country and the state of …

Governor Northam Extends Executive Orders Bolstering Health Care Workforce, Giving Flexibility to Medicaid Providers

Allyn Hodgins Uncategorized

Governor Northam Extends Executive Orders Bolstering Health Care Workforce, Giving Flexibility to Medicaid Providers Policies help ensure adequate medical capacity, access to care during ongoing response to COVID-19 pandemic RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today extended Executive Orders Fifty-Seven and Fifty-Eight, which were originally signed in April and were due to expire on June 10. Executive Order Fifty-Seven, originally signed on April …

400,000 Virginians Have Gained Health Coverage Through Medicaid Expansion

Allyn Hodgins Uncategorized

httpss://www.youtube.com/watch?utm_content=400Kvideo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&v=PpVING1wWwc The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services is proud to announce that over 400,000 Virginians have enrolled in health coverage through Medicaid Expansion. We are proud to count more than 1.5 million Virginians as members. And now, when access to health care is more important than ever, we want to let our members and all Virginians know that we are …

Sentara Healthcare, VCU Health System seal the deal on Virginia Premier

Allyn Hodgins Uncategorized

Sentara Healthcare, VCU Health System seal the deal on Virginia Premier Sentara is now majority owner. PUBLISHED APRIL 8, 2020 BY SYDNEY LAKE Norfolk-based Sentara Healthcare and Richmond-based VCU Health System finalized their previously announced joint ownership of the Virginia Premier health plan on Wednesday. Sentara is now the majority owner and VCU Health has a 20% ownership stake of Virginia Premier, …

Update: What Virginia’s Health Plans are Doing in the Medicaid and Commercial Spaces in the face of COVID-19?

Allyn Hodgins Uncategorized

Health insurers in Virginia are responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus in a myriad of ways. Plans are eliminating barriers to care including waiving cost-shares, providing more virtual care options, and keeping members updated through mobile apps and websites with the latest information. What follows is a high level summary of the health insurance industry’s response in Virginia, and we would encourage …

Virginia Health Plans’ Telehealth Provisions for COVID-19

Allyn Hodgins Uncategorized

Insurance Carrier’s Telehealth Provisions in Response to COVID-19 Plan                                                     Telehealth response Aetna For the next 90 days, Aetna is offering zero-dollar co-pay telemedicine visits for any reason, helping members limit potential exposure in physician offices. Anthem For 90 days, Anthem’s affiliated health plans will waive any member cost share for telehealth visits, including visits for mental health, for fully insured …

“The Trump administration is pulling Medicare and Medicaid levers to combat coronavirus”

Allyn Hodgins Uncategorized

PowerPost By Paige Winfield Cunningham March 18 at 8:45 AM THE PROGNOSIS President Trump speaks during a news briefing on the coronavirus at the White House. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Now that President Trump has embraced the coronavirus as a national emergency, his administration is trying to pull all kinds of levers to combat its spread.  His administration is actively allowing …

Virginia reports first coronavirus death, 41 positive cases

Allyn Hodgins Uncategorized

By SARA GREGORY THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT | MAR 14, 2020 | 5:35 PM Sentara’s COVID-19 Command Center in Virginia Beach on Saturday, March 14, 2020.(Kristen Zeis/The Virginian-Pilot) Virginia reported its first death due to the coronavirus on Saturday and said it was likely a result of community transmission. The patient was a man in his 70s who contracted the virus from an unknown source, according …