Serving Carroll, Smyth, and Wythe Counties

October 8, 2013

 Greetings to the 6th District!

What a beautiful fall we are experiencing. However, it is also a busy one as I wind down my final days as your legislator in the Virginia House of Delegates. There are two main issues before us that I want to update with you: Medicaid reform and Transportation.

The Virginia General Assembly has created a Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission (MIRC) to oversee the implementation of reforms to Virginia’s Medicaid program, before the Commonwealth gives any consideration to Medicaid expansion.

Since June, MIRC has held two public meetings and received several presentations on the status of reforms to Virginia’s Medicaid program. As you know, the General Assembly’s budget language directed the Department of Medical Assistance Services to implement a series of reforms to Medicaid and included authority to seek federal waivers to do so if necessary. This includes reforms to dual-eligibility coverage, the development of a more market-based approach to Medicaid and the implementation of a long-term coordinated care program. These reforms are intended to bend the cost curve, make Medicaid more efficient and provide better quality health care to those the program serves.

Currently, the timeline for many of these reforms extends well past July of 2014 and in some cases past July of 2015. Department of Medical Assistance Services is doing an excellent job of implementing these reforms, but the work is extraordinarily complex. I believe an important part of that process is evaluating the impact of those reforms in the months and years ahead. With the timeline for reform implementation already extended well into 2014, I have been informed that it is very unlikely we will be in a position to move forward with Medicaid expansion in the near future.

Over the coming months, MIRC will continue to monitor these reforms and continue to seek input from stakeholders, legislators and the public. They will be holding two meetings in October. Their regular bi-monthly working meeting will be held on Monday, October 21 at 1 p.m. Prior to that, on Tuesday, October 15 at 1 p.m., they will hold a public comment hearing. I encourage my constituents to attend and share their opinions. If you cannot attend the meeting, MIRC has also created a public comment section available on its website at http://mirc.virginia.gov. For more information you may call my office.

The Virginia Department of Transportation will be holding public meetings throughout the state. The meetings will cover upcoming changes to our roadways and provide time for public comment. I would like to encourage you to attend one of the meetings listed below. If you are unable to attend and would like to share your concern or question with my office I will be happy to bring it to the meeting, or written comments may be submitted directly to VDOT until December 6, 2013 at Six-YearProgram@vdot.virginia.gov, or mailed to Diane Mitchell at 1401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Northside High School
6758 Northside High School Road
Roanoke, VA 24019
(Carroll County)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Bristol Convention Center
3005 Linden Drive
Bristol, VA 24202
(Smyth & Wythe Counties)

As always, please feel free to write, e-mail or call with your concerns and questions. My email address is delacrockett-stark@house.virginia.gov.

Delegate Anne B. Crockett-Stark, Sixth District
275 West Main Street
P.O. Box 628
Wytheville, VA 24382
Phone: (276) 227-0247

Thank you for visiting my website. It is an honor to serve the citizens of the Sixth District. If my office can ever be of assistance, please call me at 276-227-0247 or e-mail me at
delacrockett-stark@house.virginia.gov






 

                
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