January 17, 2017
Thank you to all of the LPRC members who came to Richmond today to meet with members of the General Assembly! We began the day with a meeting with Joe Flores, Deputy Secretary of HHR, who was able to give us a good perspective on the possibility of a federal decision to “block grant” Medicaid and the likely reaction by the Virginia legislature. In short, while the potential exists as a way to have significant savings at the Federal level, the Virginia Legislature is already taking a fairly firm stand in acknowledgement of the added cost that would be shifted to Virginia.
All LPRC members made good contacts with a variety of GA Members and/or their Aides and dropped of VNPP Brochures; we know the meetings were successful because less than three hours one of the Legislative Aides called with a question about a closely related issue and asked our opinion!
All three of our Budget Amendments were submitted and are receiving attention; the fourth – to have DBHDS pass the $12 saved from the reduced FBI fee back to the providers has already happened!