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:
- primary and preventive care, and
- emergency medicine.
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.