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NUMBER FIFTY-EIGHT (2020)
ACCESS TO MEDICAID-COVERED HEALTH CARE SERVICES IN RESPONSE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Importance of the Issue
The COVID-19 disease, caused by a virus that spreads easily from person to person that may result in serious illness or death and has been classified by the World Health Organization as a worldwide pandemic. This virus has spread throughout the Commonwealth. Based on information from the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to increase within the Commonwealth and in neighboring states. It is anticipated that COVID-19 will result in increased demand for certain health care services, that, coupled with significant burden on the health care system, will require additional flexibilities for healthcare providers to ensure access to care for Medicaid and Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) members. Waiving copays for Medicaid and FAMIS members, suspending certain requirements for replacement durable medical equipment (DME), and ensuring new and updated information is immediately received by providers will assist in meeting beneficiary access to care needs. Extending allowable timeframes for certain background checks for personal care, respite services, and companion services will expand the availability of critical long term care providers.
Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of Virginia and § 44-146.17 of the Code of Virginia, and in furtherance of the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 51, I hereby order the following:
Effective Date of this Executive Order
This Executive Order shall be effective April 23, 2020, and shall remain in full force and in effect until June 10, 2020 unless sooner amended or rescinded by further executive order.
Given under my hand and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia, this 23rd day of April, 2020.