Virginia General Assembly 2022 Activity

VDA Lead the Charge for an Increase in Dental Medicaid Reimbursement Rates

The VDA had a very successful Legislative Reception and Lobby Day in January and we thank everyone who attended and advocated on behalf of dentistry.  More than 100 dentists and dental students from across Virginia met with their legislators at the General Assembly Building Friday, January 21 in Richmond. After a breakfast with a keynote address from Attorney General Jason Miyares, dentists and dental students met with their representatives in the House of Delegates and State Senate. They explained the importance of expanding access to dental care by meaningfully increasing reimbursement rates for the dental Medicaid benefit. There has been significant erosion to the benefit from inflation and rising costs since the last increase in 2005.  

Our top priority this year was increasing the dental Medicaid reimbursement rates.  On Tuesday, June 21, Governor Youngkin ceremonially signed a budget that included a 30% increase in dental Medicaid reimbursement rates. That change goes into effect is effective July 1, 2022.

Also in effect July 1, the budget includes funding and language requested by the VDA to require DMAS to cover necessary general anesthesia and hospitalization, or facility charges, for Medicaid eligible children under age ten receiving dental services who require such services.

The VDA fought to fund these important initiatives in the budget – more than $116 million in new annual funding in year one – to expand access to oral healthcare and will continue to advocate for members as they face challenges with third party payers. 

If you weren’t able to make it to our Legislative Reception and/or Lobby Day this year, we hope that you will be able to join us in 2023 on January 26-27 at the Omni in downtown Richmond.  More information will become available this fall.  Contact Laura Givens at givens@vadental.org with questions.

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