23 April 2020 – More flexibility to access critical care for Medicaid recipients

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Health, Social Services
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; Regulatory change
Level of Jurisdiction: Virginia
Lead People/Agency: Governor Ralph Northam

Overview: Governor Ralph Northam today made it easier for Medicaid recipients to access medical care amid the current public health crisis, by signing Executive Order Fifty-Eight
Full details here: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/april/headline-856310-en.html

Type of Justification: Perception of an increased threat
Evidence/Justification: The executive order eliminates copayments for individuals receiving coverage through the Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) program. The order also ensures that Medicaid members can obtain replacements for prosthetics, orthotics, and other durable medical equipment and supplies that are lost or damaged without requiring in-person verifications or paperwork.