- Exchanges: The Virginia legislature considered several exchange bills in 2011 and 2012. Governor McDonnell has expressed unwillingness to create a state-based exchange, but indicated that final action would not be taken until 2013, when the legislature returns for session.
- Essential Health Benefits: On June 13, the Virginia Health Reform Initiative adopted recommendations for the state’s EHB and pediatric dental benchmark plans. The group recommended the largest small employer plan for the state’s benchmark and the CHIP dental benefit (Smiles for Children) as the pediatric dental benchmark.
- Medicaid Expansion: Virginia has not officially announced a decision on Medicaid expansion.
- Medicare Advantage Enrollment: Virginia currently has 167,595 seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Medicare Advantage, or about 14% of all Medicare beneficiaries.
NEWS OF NOTE
» WAMU – Virginia Takes a ‘Wait-and-See’ Approach to Health Care Act
» The Daily Press – Gov. McDonnell Tells GA Members No Special Session Necessary on Health Care
» Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on U.S. Supreme Court Decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (press release)
» Times-Dispatch – Health-care reform panel considers exchange options for Va.
» Connection Newspapers – Virginia Officials Deliberately Moving Slowly on Health Care Exchange