Virginia Medicaid is Looking for Recommendations on How to Support Home and Community-based Services

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Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

New federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act may soon be available to support home and community-based services (HCBS). The Act also allows funding for some behavioral health services. The Virginia Medicaid agency wants to hear your recommendations on the best ways to invest this money to support state COVID-related HCBS needs or activities aimed at building capacity in the broader Medicaid HCBS system.

We welcome ideas from our members, providers, health care advocates and other stakeholders. We will use your feedback to prepare budget proposals and design program improvements. All of these new federal dollars must be spent on one-time or short-term initiatives.

We are particularly interested in ideas to achieve these goals:

  • Improvements in access for Medicaid members
  • Investments in technology
  • Improvements in quality of care
  • Strategies to build workforce capacity, including recruitment and retention
  • Funding to support Developmental Disability Waiver providers whose operations were disrupted by COVID-19

Read more about the rules for how states can spend additional federal funds on HCBS and eligible behavioral health services.


Visit Virginia's online Town Hall to share your ideas.