Medicaid expansion has given thousands of Virginia patients access to new health coverage. Medicaid’s success in Virginia is depends on patients having broad access to care. Medicaid’s low reimbursement rates make it unsustainable for some medical practices to employ, support, and retain the team needed to care for these patients.
Increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates is a proven policy solution to increase access for patients.
The Medical Society of Virginia supports increasing Medicaid reimbursement levels to increase physician participation in the program and to expand access to care in underserved areas.
MSV supported increasing patient access for Medicaid patients through a 2019 Senate budget amendment (Item 303 #1s). This amendment increased the reimbursement rates for physicians currently reimbursed below 70% of Medicare. This included:
A provision included in the budget also raised Medicaid rates for mental health providers up to 100% of Medicare rates.
These increases were due to the leadership of Del. Scott Garrett, MD and Sen. Emmett Hanger. MSV will pursue similar legislation in upcoming legislative sessions.
1Suk-fong, S. T., Hudak, M. L., Cooley, D. M., Shenkin, B. N., & Racine, A. D. (2018). Increased Medicaid payment and participation by office-based primary care pediatricians. Pediatrics, 141(1), e20172570.