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Public Notice - Intent to Amend State Plan - Doula Services
Date Posted: 7/23/2021
Expiration Date: 12/23/2021
Submitted to Registrar for publication: YES
30 Day Comment Forum closed. Began on 7/23/2021 and ended 8/22/2021

LEGAL NOTICE

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES

NOTICE OF INTENT TO AMEND

(Pursuant to §1902(a)(13) of the Act (U.S.C. 1396a(a)(13))

THE VIRGINIA STATE PLAN FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

This Notice was posted on July 23, 2021 

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) hereby affords the public notice of its intention to amend the Virginia State Plan for Medical Assistance to provide for changes to the Methods and Standards for Establishing Payment Rates — Other Types of Care (12 VAC 30-80).  

This notice is intended to satisfy the requirements of 42 C.F.R. § 447.205 and of § 1902(a)(13) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(a)(13).  A copy of this notice is available for public review from Emily McClellan, DMAS, 600 Broad Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA  23219, or via e-mail at:  Emily.McClellan@dmas.virginia.gov. 

DMAS is specifically soliciting input from stakeholders, providers and beneficiaries, on the potential impact of the proposed changes discussed in this notice.  Comments or inquiries may be submitted, in writing, within 30 days of this notice publication to Emily McClellan and such comments are available for review at the same address.  Comments may also be submitted, in writing, on the Town Hall public comment forum attached to this notice.

This notice is available for public review on the Regulatory Town Hall (www.townhall.com), on the General Notices page, found at:  https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/generalnotice.cfm

In accordance with the 2021 Special Session, Item 313 WWWWW, DMAS will be making the following changes:

Methods & Standards for Establishing Payment Rates-Other Types of Care (12 VAC 30-80)

The state plan is being revised to include coverage for doula services for Medicaid-enrolled pregnant women.  Services shall include up to 8 prenatal/postpartum visits, and support during labor and delivery. The Department shall also implement up to two linkage-to-care incentive payments for postpartum and newborn care.  A copy of the Report of the Virginia Medicaid Benefit for Community Doula Services Work Group, dated December 1, 2020, is available at:  https://rga.lis.virginia.gov/Published/2020/RD669

The expected increase in annual aggregate expenditures is $584,186 in state general funds and $ 621,516 in federal funds in federal fiscal year 2022.

 


Contact Information
Name / Title: Emily McClellan  / Regulatory Manager
Address: Division of Policy and Research
600 E. Broad St., Suite 1300
Richmond, 23219
Email Address: Emily.McClellan@dmas.virginia.gov
Telephone: (804)371-4300    FAX: (804)786-1680    TDD: (800)343-0634