Virginia Health Care Innovation Fund; created, report. (HB1369)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Health Care Innovation Fund. Establishes the Virginia Health Care Innovation Fund to consist of certain funds resulting from savings to the Commonwealth's program of medical assistance, to be used to improve access to health care in the Commonwealth by (i) improving access to care, particularly in rural areas, by increasing reimbursement rates up to 80 percent of the upper payment limit established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for services delivered by health care providers; (ii) facilitating the delivery of additional health care services to reduce the cost of health care and improve health care outcomes; and (iii) increasing the capacity of existing health safety net programs, including rural health clinics, free clinics, federally qualified health centers, and existing mobile health clinics. The bill also requires the Commissioner of Health to conduct a gap analysis to determine (i) the number of individuals residing in the Commonwealth whose household income is no more than 100 percent of the federal poverty level for a household of that size who are not covered by Medicaid, Medicare, other public health care coverage, or private insurance, including the number of such individuals who are (a) aged, blind, or disabled or (b) chronically ill as evidenced by an inability to perform at least two activities of daily living or who have a similar level of disability as determined by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services or require substantial supervision by another person to protect the individual from threats to health and safety due to severe cognitive impairments; (ii) the geographic distribution of such individuals in the Commonwealth; (iii) the health care needs of such individuals; (iv) the extent to which those health care needs are currently being met by existing mobile health clinics, rural health clinics, free clinics, and federally qualified health clinics; and (v) the services necessary to meet any unmet health care needs of such individuals, and to report his findings to the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission no later than December 1, 2016. The bill requires the Department of Medical Assistance Services to review its process and criteria for identifying hospitals eligible for Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments and the formula for calculating the amount of payments to qualifying hospitals, develop recommendations for revising the formula to link the amount of disproportionate share hospital payments made to qualifying hospitals with the quality of health care provided to, and health care outcomes for, individuals receiving care, and report its findings and recommendations, including recommendations for the criteria and measures to be used to determine health care outcomes and the quality of health care delivered, to the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission by December 1, 2016. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/22/2016Presented and ordered printed 16100535D
01/22/2016Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/2016Assigned to sub: Health & Human Resources
01/27/2016Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/09/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/18/2016Left in Appropriations