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Northam executive order gives flexibility to Medicaid providers

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An executive order from Gov. Ralph Northam will eliminate 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.

The full text of Executive Order Fifty-Eight is available here.

The executive order streamlines the process for admitting individuals to a nursing facility by suspending preadmission screening requirements.

The order also allows personal care, respite, and companion providers to work for up to 60 days, rather than the current 30 days, while background checks are conducted. Supervision and training requirements still apply. The order waives the 30-day public notice and comment period requirements for DMAS, so the agency can issue Medicaid memos to healthcare providers to ensure they receive immediate information on flexibilities in access to care.