Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources lends an ear to a grassroots organization protesting the possible closure of 283 rural hospitals across the country, including the Commonwealth.
Dr. Jennifer Lee said it's yet another reason why she believes Medicaid expansion could be the answer.
Medicaid accounts for more than one-fifth of the state budget, and the General Assembly’s watchdog agency wants to understand the reasons why. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission has launched a two-year investigation into what’s driving up the program’s costs—and whether those costs can be reigned in.
The state’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs have traditionally authorized dental services for enrollees up to the age of 21. But one group of adults will now have access to dental care under a new program announced by Governor McAuliffe.
The governor said the state has extended dental benefits to 45,000 low-income pregnant women.
Patients with a terminal illness would have expanded access to investigational drugs under Senate legislation that has been given preliminary approval by the House of Delegates.
The bill would allow manufacturers to supply the medicine when all other treatment options have been exhausted. The legislation—which has been dubbed the “Right to Try” bill—was inspired by a young boy in the Commonwealth who fought for access to an investigational drug last year.