The “Veto” Session Begins Today

April 22, 2020

As part of the package of recommendations for changes to House Bill 29 (covers from now until June 30th) and House Bill 30 (for the next biennium), Governor Northam proposed the following in each of the Bills:
  • Governor’s Action: Provides broad authority for the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to make emergency changes to the Medicaid program to address the COVID-19 pandemic. It suspends the normal review requirement for changes to Medicaid and requires the Governor to provide written approval of such actions.
  • DMAS is required to notify the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees within 15 days of any actions taken. All such emergency actions shall expire with the end of the Governor’s emergency declaration.
Hopefully, this article from this morning’s Richmond Times-Dispatch that Ray Ratke, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Kim Goodloe, The Arc of Virginia, and the Virginia Network of Private Providers contributed to in interviews yesterday will make a difference in determining how this authority may be used!