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CMS Approves Virginia Medicaid Expansion

On Oct. 18, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the state’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage.

The expansion will allow adults age 19–64 who are not eligible for Medicare and meet certain income requirements to access Medicaid services. The expansion is expected to give up to 400,000 additional Virginians access to the program. Eligible adults can begin to enroll in the program on Nov. 1, with coverage beginning Jan. 1.

Virginia also submitted a Section 1115 waiver to CMS that included work requirements and premiums for beneficiaries. CMS has not yet announced a decision on the waiver.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org with questions.

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Rachel Schwartz is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.