REGISTER INFORMATION PAGE
Vol. 33 Iss. 23 - July 10, 2017

The Virginia Register OF REGULATIONS is an official state publication issued every other week throughout the year. Indexes are published quarterly, and are cumulative for the year. The Virginia Register has several functions. The new and amended sections of regulations, both as proposed and as finally adopted, are required by law to be published in the Virginia Register. In addition, the Virginia Register is a source of other information about state government, including petitions for rulemaking, emergency regulations, executive orders issued by the Governor, and notices of public hearings on regulations.

ADOPTION, AMENDMENT, AND REPEAL OF REGULATIONS

An agency wishing to adopt, amend, or repeal regulations must first publish in the Virginia Register a notice of intended regulatory action; a basis, purpose, substance and issues statement; an economic impact analysis prepared by the Department of Planning and Budget; the agency’s response to the economic impact analysis; a summary; a notice giving the public an opportunity to comment on the proposal; and the text of the proposed regulation.

Following publication of the proposal in the Virginia Register, the promulgating agency receives public comments for a minimum of 60 days. The Governor reviews the proposed regulation to determine if it is necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare, and if it is clearly written and easily understandable. If the Governor chooses to comment on the proposed regulation, his comments must be transmitted to the agency and the Registrar no later than 15 days following the completion of the 60-day public comment period. The Governor’s comments, if any, will be published in the Virginia Register. Not less than 15 days following the completion of the 60-day public comment period, the agency may adopt the proposed regulation.

The Joint Commission on Administrative Rules (JCAR) or the appropriate standing committee of each house of the General Assembly may meet during the promulgation or final adoption process and file an objection with the Registrar and the promulgating agency. The objection will be published in the Virginia Register. Within 21 days after receipt by the agency of a legislative objection, the agency shall file a response with the Registrar, the objecting legislative body, and the Governor.

When final action is taken, the agency again publishes the text of the regulation as adopted, highlighting all changes made to the proposed regulation and explaining any substantial changes made since publication of the proposal. A 30-day final adoption period begins upon final publication in the Virginia Register.

The Governor may review the final regulation during this time and, if he objects, forward his objection to the Registrar and the agency. In addition to or in lieu of filing a formal objection, the Governor may suspend the effective date of a portion or all of a regulation until the end of the next regular General Assembly session by issuing a directive signed by a majority of the members of the appropriate legislative body and the Governor. The Governor’s objection or suspension of the regulation, or both, will be published in the Virginia Register. If the Governor finds that changes made to the proposed regulation have substantial impact, he may require the agency to provide an additional 30-day public comment period on the changes. Notice of the additional public comment period required by the Governor will be published in the Virginia Register.

The agency shall suspend the regulatory process for 30 days when it receives requests from 25 or more individuals to solicit additional public comment, unless the agency determines that the changes have minor or inconsequential impact.

A regulation becomes effective at the conclusion of the 30-day final adoption period, or at any other later date specified by the promulgating agency, unless (i) a legislative objection has been filed, in which event the regulation, unless withdrawn, becomes effective on the date specified, which shall be after the expiration of the 21-day objection period; (ii) the Governor exercises his authority to require the agency to provide for additional public comment, in which event the regulation, unless withdrawn, becomes effective on the date specified, which shall be after the expiration of the period for which the Governor has provided for additional public comment; (iii) the Governor and the General Assembly exercise their authority to suspend the effective date of a regulation until the end of the next regular legislative session; or (iv) the agency suspends the regulatory process, in which event the regulation, unless withdrawn, becomes effective on the date specified, which shall be after the expiration of the 30-day public comment period and no earlier than 15 days from publication of the readopted action.

A regulatory action may be withdrawn by the promulgating agency at any time before the regulation becomes final.

FAST-TRACK RULEMAKING PROCESS

Section 2.2-4012.1 of the Code of Virginia provides an exemption from certain provisions of the Administrative Process Act for agency regulations deemed by the Governor to be noncontroversial.  To use this process, Governor's concurrence is required and advance notice must be provided to certain legislative committees.  Fast-track regulations will become effective on the date noted in the regulatory action if no objections to using the process are filed in accordance with § 2.2-4012.1.

EMERGENCY REGULATIONS

Pursuant to § 2.2-4011 of the Code of Virginia, an agency, upon consultation with the Attorney General, and at the discretion of the Governor, may adopt emergency regulations that are necessitated by an emergency situation. An agency may also adopt an emergency regulation when Virginia statutory law or the appropriation act or federal law or federal regulation requires that a regulation be effective in 280 days or less from its enactment. The emergency regulation becomes operative upon its adoption and filing with the Registrar of Regulations, unless a later date is specified. Emergency regulations are limited to no more than 18 months in duration; however, may be extended for six months under certain circumstances as provided for in § 2.2-4011 D. Emergency regulations are published as soon as possible in the Register.

During the time the emergency status is in effect, the agency may proceed with the adoption of permanent regulations through the usual procedures. To begin promulgating the replacement regulation, the agency must (i) file the Notice of Intended Regulatory Action with the Registrar within 60 days of the effective date of the emergency regulation and (ii) file the proposed regulation with the Registrar within 180 days of the effective date of the emergency regulation. If the agency chooses not to adopt the regulations, the emergency status ends when the prescribed time limit expires.

STATEMENT

The foregoing constitutes a generalized statement of the procedures to be followed. For specific statutory language, it is suggested that Article 2 (§ 2.2-4006 et seq.) of Chapter 40 of Title 2.2 of the Code of Virginia be examined carefully.

CITATION TO THE VIRGINIA REGISTER

The Virginia Register is cited by volume, issue, page number, and date. 29:5 VA.R. 1075-1192 November 5, 2012, refers to Volume 29, Issue 5, pages 1075 through 1192 of the Virginia Register issued on
November 5, 2012.

The Virginia Register of Regulations is published pursuant to Article 6 (§ 2.2-4031 et seq.) of Chapter 40 of Title 2.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Members of the Virginia Code Commission: John S. Edwards, Chair; James M. LeMunyon, Vice Chair; Gregory D. Habeeb; Ryan T. McDougle; Robert L. Calhoun; Carlos L. Hopkins; Leslie L. Lilley; E.M. Miller, Jr.; Thomas M. Moncure, Jr.; Christopher R. Nolen; Timothy Oksman; Charles S. Sharp; Mark J. Vucci.

Staff of the Virginia Register: Jane D. Chaffin, Registrar of Regulations; Karen Perrine, Assistant Registrar; Anne Bloomsburg, Regulations Analyst; Rhonda Dyer, Publications Assistant; Terri Edwards, Operations Staff Assistant.


PUBLICATION SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES
Vol. 33 Iss. 23 - July 10, 2017

July 2017 through July 2018

Volume: Issue

Material Submitted By Noon*

Will Be Published On

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June 21, 2017

July 10, 2017

33:24

July 5, 2017

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33:25

July 19, 2017

August 7, 2017

33:26

August 2, 2017

August 21, 2017

34:1

August 16, 2017

September 4, 2017

34:2

August 30, 2017

September 18, 2017

34:3

September 13, 2017

October 2, 2017

34:4

September 27, 2017

October 16, 2017

34:5

October 11, 2017

October 30, 2017

34:6

October 25, 2017

November 13, 2017

34:7

November 8, 2017

November 27, 2017

34:8

November 21, 2017 (Tuesday)

December 11, 2017

34:9

December 6, 2017

December 25, 2017

34:10

December 19, 2017 (Tuesday)

January 8, 2018

34:11

January 3, 2018

January 22, 2018

34:12

January 17, 2018

February 5, 2018

34:13

January 31, 2018

February 19, 2018

34:14

February 14, 2018

March 5, 2018

34:15

February 28, 2018

March 19, 2018

34:16

March 14, 2018

April 2, 2018

34:17

March 28, 2018

April 16, 2018

34:18

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April 30, 2018

34:19

April 25, 2018

May 14, 2018

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May 9, 2018

May 28, 2018

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May 23, 2018

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June 6, 2018

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34:23

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July 9, 2018

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July 23, 2018

*Filing deadlines are Wednesdays unless otherwise specified.


PETITIONS FOR RULEMAKING
Vol. 33 Iss. 23 - July 10, 2017

TITLE 18. PROFESSIONAL AND OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING

BOARD OF COUNSELING

Agency Decision

Title of Regulation: 18VAC115-20. Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling.

Statutory Authority: § 54.1-2400 of the Code of Virginia.

Name of Petitioner: Dominique Adkins.

Nature of Petitioner's Request: To accept supervised hours of a practicum and internship in a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs accredited doctoral program towards the required hours for a residency in counseling.

Agency Decision: Request granted.

Statement of Reason for Decision: At its meeting on May 19, 2017, the board discussed the request to amend regulations and all comment received. The board has voted to submit a Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) to initiate rulemaking and receive further information and comment. Once the NOIRA is approved by the Governor, it will be published and a 30-day comment period will be opened. The regulatory process typically takes 18 months to complete.

Agency Contact: Elaine J. Yeatts, Regulatory Coordinator, Department of Health Professions, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233, telephone (804) 367-4688, or email elaine.yeatts@dhp.virginia.gov.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-12; Filed June 13, 2017, 8:34 a.m.

 


NOTICES OF INTENDED REGULATORY ACTION
Vol. 33 Iss. 23 - July 10, 2017

TITLE 12. HEALTH
Methods and Standards for Establishing Payment Rate; Other Types of Care
Notice of Intended Regulatory Action

Notice is hereby given in accordance with § 2.2-4007.01 of the Code of Virginia that the Board of Medical Assistance Services intends to consider amending 12VAC30-80, Methods and Standards for Establishing Payment Rate; Other Types of Care. The purpose of the proposed action is to replace the current fee-for-service methodology for pharmacy services with one that conforms to new federal requirements.

The agency does not intend to hold a public hearing on the proposed action after publication in the Virginia Register.

Statutory Authority: § 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 1396 et seq.

Public Comment Deadline: August 9, 2017.

Agency Contact: Emily McClellan, Regulatory Supervisor, Policy Division, Department of Medical Assistance Services, 600 East Broad Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 371-4300, FAX (804) 786-1680, or email emily.mcclellan@dmas.virginia.gov.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-4546; Filed June 19, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
TITLE 12. HEALTH
Waivered Services
Notice of Intended Regulatory Action

Notice is hereby given in accordance with § 2.2-4007.01 of the Code of Virginia that the Board of Medical Assistance Services intends to consider amending 12VAC30-120, Waivered Services. The purpose of the proposed action is to establish Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC Plus), the new statewide Medicaid managed long-term services and supports program that will serve approximately 214,000 individuals with complex care needs through an integrated delivery model across the full continuum of care. Care management is at the heart of the CCC Plus high-touch, person-centered program design. CCC Plus focuses on improving quality, access, and efficiency, and enrollment into CCC Plus is required for qualifying populations.

The agency does not intend to hold a public hearing on the proposed action after publication in the Virginia Register.

Statutory Authority: § 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 1396 et seq.

Public Comment Deadline: August 9, 2017.

Agency Contact: Emily McClellan, Regulatory Supervisor, Policy Division, Department of Medical Assistance Services, 600 East Broad Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 371-4300, FAX (804) 786-1680, or email emily.mcclellan@dmas.virginia.gov.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-4974; Filed June 19, 2017, 7:48 a.m.
TITLE 18. PROFESSIONAL AND OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING
Regulations Governing the Practice of Veterinary Medicine
Notice of Intended Regulatory Action

Notice is hereby given in accordance with § 2.2-4007.01 of the Code of Virginia that the Board of Veterinary Medicine intends to consider amending 18VAC150-20, Regulations Governing the Practice of Veterinary Medicine. The purpose of the proposed action is to address the opioid abuse crisis in Virginia by adopting regulations for veterinarians prescribing controlled substances containing opioids. The proposed regulations for the management of acute pain include requirements for the evaluation of the patient, limitations on quantity and dosage, and recordkeeping. The proposed regulations provide requirements for prescribing an opioid beyond 14 days for chronic pain and certain chronic conditions and allow for prescribing of buprenorphine in a dosage, quantity, and formulation appropriate for an animal species and size. Finally, the proposed regulations include requirements for continuation of treatment and for the content of the medical record.

The agency intends to hold a public hearing on the proposed action after publication in the Virginia Register.

Statutory Authority: § 54.1-2400 of the Code of Virginia.

Public Comment Deadline: August 9, 2017.

Agency Contact: Leslie L. Knachel, Executive Director, Board of Veterinary Medicine, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233, telephone (804) 367-4468, FAX (804) 527-4471, or email leslie.knachel@dhp.virginia.gov.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-5103; Filed June 16, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

REGULATIONS
Vol. 33 Iss. 23 - July 10, 2017

TITLE 4. CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
BOARD OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries is claiming an exemption from the Administrative Process Act pursuant to § 2.2-4002 A 3 of the Code of Virginia when promulgating regulations regarding the management of wildlife.

Title of Regulation: 4VAC15-50. Game: Bear (amending 4VAC15-50-11, 4VAC15-50-71, 4VAC15-50-120).

Statutory Authority: §§ 29.1-103 and 29.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: August 1, 2017.

Agency Contact: Phil Smith, Regulatory Coordinator, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Henrico, VA 23228, telephone (804) 367-8341, or email phil.smith@dgif.virginia.gov.

Summary:

The amendments (i) add a three-day open season for hunting bear in 36 counties or portions of counties to run Monday through Wednesday in the week prior to the statewide archery hunting season; (ii) change the start date of the fall bear hound training season to August 1; and (iii) change the bear hound training season dates in the Counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Lunenburg, and Mecklenburg to match the western bear hound training season.

4VAC15-50-11. Open season; generally.

A. It shall be lawful to hunt bears within in the following localities, including the cities and towns therein, during the following seasons:

Location

Season

Accomack County

Closed

Albemarle County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Alleghany County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Amelia County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Amherst County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Appomattox County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Arlington County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Augusta County
(North of US-250)

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Augusta County
(South of US-250)

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Bath County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Bedford County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Bland County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Botetourt County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Brunswick County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Buchanan County

First Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the first Monday in December through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Buckingham County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Campbell County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Caroline County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Carroll County

First Monday in December and for 19 days following.

Charles City County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Charlotte County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Chesapeake (City of)

October 1 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Chesterfield County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Clarke County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Craig County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Culpeper County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Cumberland County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Dickenson County

First Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the first Monday in December through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Dinwiddie County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Essex County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Fairfax County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Fauquier County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Floyd County

First Monday in December and for 19 days following.

Fluvanna County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Franklin County

First Monday in December and for 19 days following.

Frederick County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Giles County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Gloucester County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Goochland County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Grayson County

First Monday in December and for 19 days following.

Greene County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Greensville County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Halifax County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Hanover County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Henrico County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Henry County

First Monday in December and for 19 days following.

Highland County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Isle of Wight County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

James City County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

King and Queen County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

King George County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

King William County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Lancaster County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Lee County

First Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the first Monday in December through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Loudoun County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Louisa County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Lunenburg County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Madison County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Mathews County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Mecklenburg County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Middlesex County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Montgomery County
 (southeast of I-81)

First Monday in December and for 19 days following.

Montgomery County (northwest of I-81)

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Nelson County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

New Kent County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Northampton County

Closed

Northumberland County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Nottoway County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Orange County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Page County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Patrick County

First Monday in December and for 19 days following.

Pittsylvania County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Powhatan County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Prince Edward County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Prince George County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Prince William County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Pulaski County
(southeast of I-81)

First Monday in December and for 19 days following.

Pulaski County
(northwest of I-81)

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Rappahannock County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Richmond County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Roanoke County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Rockbridge County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Rockingham County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Russell County (except on the Channels State Forest and Clinch Mountain WMA)

First Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the first Monday in December through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Russell County (on the Channels State Forest and Clinch Mountain WMA)

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Scott County

First Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the first Monday in December through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Shenandoah County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Smyth County

(southeast of I-81)

First Monday in December and for 19 days following.

Smyth County

(northwest of I-81)

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Southampton County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Spotsylvania County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Stafford County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Suffolk (City of)

October 1 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Surry County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Sussex County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Tazewell County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Virginia Beach (City of)

October 1 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Warren County

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Washington County
(southeast of I-81)

First Monday in December and for 19 days following.

Washington County
(northwest of I-81 and east of Route 19)

First Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the first Monday in December through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Washington County
(northwest of I-81 and west of Route 19)

First Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the first Monday in December and for 19 days following.

Westmoreland County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

Wise County

First Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the first Monday in December through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Wythe County
(southeast of I-81)

First Monday in December and for 19 days following.

Wythe County
(northwest of I-81)

Fourth Monday following the last Saturday in September and for 2 days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

York County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 5 consecutive hunting days following.

B. Except as provided in the subsection A of this section, bears may be hunted from the Saturday prior to the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive, within the incorporated limits of any city that allows bear hunting.

4VAC15-50-71. Muzzleloading gun hunting.

A. [ It Except as otherwise provided in this section, it ] shall be lawful to hunt bear bears during the special muzzleloading season with muzzleloading guns from the Saturday prior to the second Monday in November through the Friday prior to the third Monday in November, both dates inclusive, except in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.

B. It shall be lawful to hunt bears during the muzzleloading season with muzzleloading guns from the Saturday prior to the first Monday in November through the Friday prior to the third Monday in November, both dates inclusive, in the counties (including the cities or towns within) of Albemarle, Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Arlington, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, Buckingham, Caroline, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Frederick, Greene, Highland, Loudoun, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock,  Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Warren. ]

[ B. C. ] It shall be unlawful to hunt bear with dogs during any special season for hunting with muzzleloading guns, except that tracking dogs as defined in § 29.1-516.1 of the Code of Virginia may be used.

[ C. D. ] A muzzleloading gun, for the purpose of this section, means a single shot weapon, .45 caliber or larger, firing a single projectile or sabot (with a .38 caliber or larger projectile) of the same caliber loaded from the muzzle of the weapon and propelled by at least 50 grains of black powder (or black powder equivalent or smokeless powder).

[ D. E. ] It shall be unlawful to have in immediate possession any firearm other than a muzzleloading gun while hunting with a muzzleloading gun in a special muzzleloading season.

4VAC15-50-120. Bear hound training season.

A. It shall be lawful to chase black bear with dogs, without capturing or taking, from the second Saturday in August 1 through the last Saturday in September, both dates inclusive, in all counties and cities or in the portions in which bear hunting is permitted except in the counties of Accomack, Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell, Caroline, Charles City, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Clarke, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Essex, Fairfax, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Frederick, Gloucester, Goochland, Grayson (west of Route 16), Greensville, Halifax, Hanover, Henrico, Henry, Isle of Wight, James City, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Loudoun, Louisa, Lunenburg, Mathews, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, New Kent, Northampton, Northumberland, Nottoway, Orange, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, Prince William, Richmond, Roanoke (south of Interstate 81), Smyth (that part south of Interstate 81 and west of Route 16), Southampton, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Surry, Sussex, Westmoreland, and York, and in the cities of Hampton, Newport News and Norfolk.

B. It shall be lawful to chase black bear with dogs, without capturing or taking, from the Saturday prior to the third Monday in November and for 14 days following, both dates inclusive, in the counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Brunswick, Campbell (east of the Norfolk Southern Railroad), Charles City, Charlotte, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Greensville, Halifax, Isle of Wight, James City, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Mathews, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Nottoway, Pittsylvania (east of the Norfolk Southern Railroad), Prince Edward, Prince George, Richmond, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, Westmoreland, and York.

C. It shall be lawful to chase black bears with dogs, without capturing or taking, in the counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Lunenburg, and Mecklenburg from the first Saturday in September through the last Saturday in September, both dates inclusive.

D. C. It shall be unlawful to have in possession a firearm, bow, crossbow, or any weapon capable of taking a black bear while participating in the bear hound training season. The meaning of "possession" for the purpose of this section shall include, but not be limited to, having a firearm, bow, crossbow, or any weapon capable of taking a black bear in or on one's person, vehicle, or conveyance.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-5069; Filed June 21, 2017, 2:30 a.m.
TITLE 4. CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
BOARD OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries is claiming an exemption from the Administrative Process Act pursuant to § 2.2-4002 A 3 of the Code of Virginia when promulgating regulations regarding the management of wildlife.

Title of Regulation: 4VAC15-80. Game: Crow (amending 4VAC15-80-10).

Statutory Authority: §§ 29.1-103 and 29.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: August 1, 2017.

Agency Contact: Phil Smith, Regulatory Coordinator, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Henrico, VA 23228, telephone (804) 367-8341, or email phil.smith@dgif.virginia.gov.

Summary:

The amendments rescind Sundays and add Mondays as days of each week on which crows may be hunted during the crow hunting season.

4VAC15-80-10. Open season.

It shall be lawful to hunt crow on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, and Sunday of each week from the third Saturday in August through the third Friday in March, both dates inclusive.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-5070; Filed June 21, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
TITLE 4. CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
BOARD OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries is claiming an exemption from the Administrative Process Act pursuant to § 2.2-4002 A 3 of the Code of Virginia when promulgating regulations regarding the management of wildlife.

Title of Regulation: 4VAC15-90. Game: Deer (amending 4VAC15-90-70, 4VAC15-90-80, 4VAC15-90-89, 4VAC15-90-90, 4VAC15-90-91, 4VAC15-90-280, 4VAC15-90-291, 4VAC15-90-294).

Statutory Authority: §§ 29.1-103 and 29.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: August 1, 2017.

Agency Contact: Phil Smith, Regulatory Coordinator, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Henrico, VA 23228, telephone (804) 367-8341, or email phil.smith@dgif.virginia.gov.

Summary:

The amendments (i) allow the use of a slingbow for deer hunting during all archery deer hunting seasons, that is, the early, late, urban archery, and Northern Virginia April archery deer seasons; (ii) adjust the number of days on which deer of either sex may be taken during muzzleloading deer hunting season in various counties; (iii) reduce the minimum muzzleloading gun saboted bullet projectile size allowable for hunting deer from .38 to .35 caliber; (iv) require that antlerless deer be taken before multiple bucks may be taken during the license year in any town or city except Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach, and on private lands in Fauquier and Montgomery Counties; (v) simplify and standardize the language describing the antler point restriction in effect in seven western counties; (vi) adjust the number of days during which deer of either sex may be taken during the general firearms deer hunting season in a number of counties; (vii) allow the buying and selling of specified cervid parts, items made from such parts, and cervid mounts; (viii) rescind requirements for intervals and associated permanent gaps in fencing intended to not impede the free egress of deer; and (ix) authorize permitted rehabilitators to transport and temporarily possess adult deer or elk solely for the purpose of immediate humane dispatch.

4VAC15-90-70. Archery hunting.

A. It shall be lawful to hunt deer during the early special archery season with archery equipment or a slingbow from the first Saturday in October through the Friday prior to the third Monday in November, both dates inclusive.

B. In addition to the season provided in subsection A of this section, it shall be lawful to hunt deer during the late special archery season with archery equipment from or a slingbow:

1. From the Sunday following the close of the general firearms season on deer through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive, in (i) all cities, towns, and counties west of the Blue Ridge Mountains (except Clarke County and on non-national forest lands in Frederick County) and; (ii) in the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Amherst (west of Business U.S. 29 from the James River to its intersection with U.S. 29 just south of the Town of Amherst continuing north on U.S. 29 to the Tye River), Bedford, Franklin, Henry, Nelson (west of Route 151), and Patrick and; (iii) on the Chester F. Phelps Wildlife Management Area; and (iv) on national forest lands in Frederick County and from.

2. From December 1 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive, in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp Line), and Virginia Beach.

C. Deer of either sex may be taken full season during the special archery seasons as provided in subsections A and B of this section (except on PALS (Public Access Lands) in Dickenson County where it shall be unlawful to take antlerless deer during the special archery seasons provided for in subsections A and B of this section).

D. It shall be unlawful to carry firearms while hunting with archery equipment during the special archery seasons, except that a muzzleloading gun, as defined in 4VAC15-90-80, may be in the possession of a properly licensed muzzleloading gun hunter when and where a special archery deer season overlaps a special muzzleloading deer season.

E. It shall be unlawful to use dogs when hunting with archery equipment during any special archery season, except that tracking dogs as described in § 29.1-516.1 of the Code of Virginia may be used.

F. It shall be lawful to hunt antlerless deer during the special urban archery season with archery equipment or a slingbow from the first Saturday in September through the Friday prior to the first Saturday in October, both dates inclusive, and from the Sunday following the first Saturday in January through the last Sunday in March, both dates inclusive, within the incorporated limits of any city or town in the Commonwealth (except on national forest and department-owned lands) and counties with a human population density of 300 persons per square mile or more (except on national forest and department-owned lands), provided that its governing body submits by certified letter to the department prior to April 1, its intent to participate in the special urban archery season. Any city, town, or county no longer participating in this season shall submit by certified letter to the department prior to April 1 notice of its intent not to participate in the special urban archery season.

G. It shall be lawful to hunt antlerless deer during the special antlerless archery season with archery equipment or a slingbow from the Monday following the last Sunday in March through the last Sunday in April, both dates inclusive, in [ the counties of ] Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William [ counties ] (including the cities and towns within).

4VAC15-90-80. Muzzleloading gun hunting.

A. It shall be lawful to hunt deer during the early special muzzleloading season with muzzleloading guns from the Saturday prior to the first Monday in November through the Friday prior to the third Monday in November, both dates inclusive, in all cities, towns, and counties where deer hunting with a rifle or muzzleloading gun is permitted, except in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp Line), and Virginia Beach.

B. It shall be lawful to hunt deer during the late special muzzleloading season with muzzleloading guns starting 21 consecutive days immediately prior to and on the first Saturday in January, in:

1. In all cities, towns, and counties west of the Blue Ridge Mountains (except Clarke County and on non-national forest lands in Frederick County), and east;

2. East of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the counties Counties (including the cities and towns within) of Amherst (west of Business U.S. 29 from the James River to its intersection with U.S. 29 just south of the Town of Amherst continuing north on U.S. 29 to the Tye River), Bedford, Franklin, Henry, Nelson (west of Route 151), and Patrick and on;

3. On national forest lands in Frederick County; and in

4. In the cities Cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp Line), and Virginia Beach.

C. Deer of either sex may be taken during the entire early special muzzleloading season east of the Blue Ridge Mountains unless otherwise noted below in this subsection:

1. Deer of either sex may be taken on the second Saturday only of the early special muzzleloading season on state forest lands, state park lands (except Occoneechee State Park), department-owned lands (except on Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area), and Philpott Reservoir.

2. Antlered bucks only—no either-sex deer hunting days during the early special muzzleloading season on national forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson counties Counties.

D. Deer of either sex may be taken on the second Saturday only during the early special muzzleloading season west of the Blue Ridge Mountains unless otherwise noted below in this subsection:

1. Deer of either sex may be taken during the entire early special muzzleloading season in Clarke and Floyd counties Counties and on private lands in Carroll, Frederick, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Scott, Shenandoah, and Warren counties Counties.

2. Deer of either sex may be taken on the second Saturday and the last five days of the early muzzleloading season on private lands in Botetourt County.

3. Antlered bucks only—no either-sex deer hunting days during the early special muzzleloading season in Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Tazewell, and Wise counties Counties and on national forest lands in Alleghany, Bland, Craig, Frederick, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Page, Pulaski, Rockingham, Scott, Shenandoah, Warren, and on national forest and department-owned lands in Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Carroll, Highland (except Highland Wildlife Management Area), Roanoke, Rockbridge, Smyth, Washington, and Wythe counties Counties and on Channels State Forest, Grayson Highlands State Park, Hungry Mother State Park, and on private lands west of Routes 613 and 731 in Rockingham County.

E. Deer of either sex may be taken during the last six days of the late special muzzleloading season unless otherwise listed below in this subsection:

1. Deer of either sex may be taken full season during the entire late special muzzleloading season in the counties Counties (including the cities and towns within) of Amherst (west of Business U.S. 29 from the James River to its intersection with U.S. 29 just south of the Town of Amherst continuing north on U.S. 29 to the Tye River, except on national forest lands), Bedford (except on national forest lands), Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Nelson (west of Route 151, except on national forest lands), and Patrick and on private lands in Carroll, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Shenandoah, and Warren counties Counties.

2. Deer of either sex may be taken the last day only during the late special muzzleloading season in Alleghany, Bath, Dickenson (north of Route 83), Highland, Lee, Russell, Tazewell, and Wise counties Counties and on national forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, Bland, Craig, Frederick, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Nelson, Page, Pulaski, Rockingham, Scott, Shenandoah, and Warren counties Counties, and on national forest and department-owned lands in Augusta, Botetourt, Carroll, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Smyth, and Washington counties, and Wythe Counties and on private lands west of Routes 613 and 731 in Rockingham County, Channels State Forest, and Grayson Highlands State Park, and Hungry Mother State Park.

3. Antlered bucks only—no either-sex deer hunting days during the late special muzzleloading season in Buchanan [ and Dickenson (south of Route 83) County ].

F. Deer of either sex may be taken full season during the special muzzleloading seasons within the incorporated limits of any city or town in the Commonwealth that allows deer hunting except in the countiesCounties of Buchanan, Dickenson, and Wise Cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach ].

G. It shall be unlawful to hunt deer with dogs during any special season for hunting with muzzleloading guns, except that tracking dogs as described in § 29.1-516.1 of the Code of Virginia may be used.

H. A muzzleloading gun, for the purpose of this section, means a single shot weapon, .45 caliber or larger, firing a single projectile or sabot (with a .38 .35 caliber or larger projectile) of the same caliber loaded from the muzzle of the weapon and propelled by at least 50 grains of black powder (or black powder equivalent or smokeless powder).

I. It shall be unlawful to have in immediate possession any firearm other than a muzzleloading gun while hunting with a muzzleloading gun in a special muzzleloading season.

4VAC15-90-89. Earn a buck (EAB).

For the purposes of this section, the term "license year" defines the period between July 1 and June 30 of the following year.

Arlington County (including the cities and towns within). During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer in Arlington County prior to taking at least two antlerless deer in Arlington County, and it shall be unlawful to take a third antlered deer in Arlington County prior to taking at least three antlerless deer in Arlington County.

Bedford County on private lands (including the cities and towns within). During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer on private lands in Bedford County prior to taking at least one antlerless deer on private lands in Bedford County, and it shall be unlawful to take a third antlered deer on private lands in Bedford County prior to taking at least two antlerless deer on private lands in Bedford County.

Clarke County on private lands (including the cities and towns within). During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer on private lands in Clarke County prior to taking at least one antlerless deer on private lands in Clarke County.

Fairfax County (including the cities and towns within). During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer in Fairfax County prior to taking at least two antlerless deer in Fairfax County, and it shall be unlawful to take a third antlered deer in Fairfax County prior to taking at least three antlerless deer in Fairfax County.

Fauquier County on private lands. During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer on private lands in Fauquier County prior to taking at least one antlerless deer on private lands in Fauquier County, and it shall be unlawful to take a third antlered deer on private lands in Fauquier County prior to taking at least two antlerless deer on private lands in Fauquier County.

Frederick County on private lands (including the cities and towns within). During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer on private lands in Frederick County prior to taking at least one antlerless deer on private lands in Frederick County.

Loudoun County (including the cities and towns within). During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer in Loudoun County prior to taking at least two antlerless deer in Loudoun County, and it shall be unlawful to take a third antlered deer in Loudoun County prior to taking at least three antlerless deer in Loudoun County.

Montgomery County on private lands. During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer on private lands in Montgomery County prior to taking at least one antlerless deer on private lands in Montgomery County.

Prince William County except on Department of Defense lands (including the cities and towns within). During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer in Prince William County (except on Department of Defense lands) prior to taking at least two antlerless deer in Prince William County (except on Department of Defense lands), and it shall be unlawful to take a third antlered deer in Prince William County (except on Department of Defense lands) prior to taking at least three antlerless deer in Prince William County (except on Department of Defense lands).

Rappahannock County (including the cities and towns within). During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer in Rappahannock County prior to taking at least one antlerless deer in Rappahannock County, and it shall be unlawful to take a third antlered deer in Rappahannock County prior to taking at least two antlerless deer in Rappahannock County.

Roanoke County on private lands (including the cities and towns within). During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer on private lands in Roanoke County prior to taking at least one antlerless deer on private lands in Roanoke County.

Warren County on private lands (including the cities and towns within). During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer on private lands in Warren County prior to taking at least one antlerless deer on private lands in Warren County.

Cities and towns. During a license year in any town or city (except Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach) east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer prior to taking at least one antlerless deer, and it shall be unlawful to take a third antlered deer prior to taking at least two antlerless deer.  During a license year in any town or city west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer prior to taking at least one antlerless deer.

4VAC15-90-90. Bag limit, bonus deer permits and special antlerless provision for youth hunters.

A. The bag limit for deer east of the Blue Ridge Mountains (except on national forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson counties Counties) is two per day (except for the counties of, including the cities and towns within, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William where the daily bag limit is unlimited), six per license year, three of which must be antlerless unless otherwise noted in this subsection.

1. Only one antlerless deer per hunter per day may be taken on national forest and department-owned lands unless otherwise noted in this subsection.

2. ] The daily bag limit for deer is unlimited in the Counties (including the cities and towns within) of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William.

B. The bag limit for deer west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and on national forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson counties Counties is [ one two ] per day (except for private lands in the counties including the cities and towns within Clarke, Frederick, Roanoke, Shenandoah, and Warren where the daily bag limit is two per day), five per license year, three of which must be antlerless unless otherwise noted in this subsection. Only one antlered buck taken in the county of Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Highland, Shenandoah, Rockbridge, or Rockingham per license year may have less than four antler points one inch or longer on one side of the antlers.

1.Only one antlerless deer per hunter per day may be taken on national forest and department-owned lands. The daily bag limit for deer is two per day on private lands in the Counties (including the cities and towns within) of Clarke, Frederick, Roanoke, Shenandoah, and Warren. ]

2. If a deer hunter kills two antlered bucks in a license year in Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, Rockingham, or Shenandoah County, at least one of the antlered bucks must have at least four antler points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers.

C. Except as noted in subsection E below of this section, antlerless deer may be taken only during designated either-sex deer hunting days during the special archery seasons, special muzzleloading seasons, and the general firearms season.

D. Bonus deer permits shall be valid on private land in counties and cities where deer hunting is permitted (except Buchanan, Dickenson, and Wise counties Counties) during the special archery seasons, special muzzleloading seasons, and the general firearms season. Bonus deer permits shall be valid on public lands, including state parks, state forests, national wildlife refuges, military areas, etc., as authorized by the managing agency. Unless otherwise posted or authorized in writing for wildlife management areas by the department, or for national forest lands by the U.S. Forest Service, the use of bonus permits is prohibited on department-owned and national forest lands. Bonus deer permits shall be valid for antlerless deer only. Deer taken on bonus permits shall count against the daily bag limit but are in addition to the seasonal bag limit.

E. Deer hunters 15 years of age and under, including those exempt from purchasing a hunting license, when in compliance with all applicable laws and license requirements, may take one antlerless deer per license year on days other than designated either-sex deer hunting days during the special muzzleloading seasons or the general firearms season in all counties that have at least one either-sex deer hunting day during the general firearms deer season.

4VAC15-90-91. General firearms season either-sex deer hunting days.

A. During the general firearms deer season, deer of either sex may be taken within:

Accomack County: full season.

Albemarle County: full season.

Alleghany County: the second Saturday and the last day.

-National forest lands: the last day antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Amelia County: the second and third Saturdays and the last 13 days.

-Amelia WMA: the second and third Saturdays and the last six days.

Amherst County (east of Business U.S. 29 from the James River to its intersection with U.S. 29 just south of the Town of Amherst continuing north on U.S. 29 to the Tye River): the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 27 29 days.

Amherst County (west of Business U.S. 29 from the James River to its intersection with U.S. 29 just south of the Town of Amherst continuing north on U.S. 29 to the Tye River): full season.

-National forest lands: the last day antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Appomattox County: the second and third Saturdays and the last six days.

-Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest: the second and third Saturdays.

-Featherfin WMA: the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 27 29 days.

Arlington County: full season.

Augusta County: the second Saturday and the last six days.

-National forest and department-owned lands: the last day antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Bath County: the second Saturday and the last day.

-National forest and department-owned lands: the last day antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Bedford County: full season.

-National forest lands: the last day antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Bland County: the second Saturday and the last day.

-National forest lands: the second Saturday and the last day.

Botetourt County: full season.

-National forest and department-owned lands: the last day antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Brunswick County: the second and third Saturdays and the last six days.

Buchanan County: antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Buckingham County: the second and third Saturdays and the last six days.

-Horsepen Lake WMA: the second and third Saturdays and the last six days.

-Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest: the second and third Saturdays.

-Featherfin WMA: the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 27 29 days.

Campbell County: the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 27 29 days.

Caroline County: the second and third Saturdays and the last 13 six days.

-Mattaponi WMA: the second and third Saturdays and the last six days.

Carroll County: full season.

-National forest and department-owned lands: the second Saturday and the last day.

Charles City County: the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 27 13 days.

-Chickahominy WMA: antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Charlotte County: the second and third Saturdays and the last six days.

Chesapeake (City of): the second and third Saturdays and the last 13 days.

Chesterfield County: the second and third Saturdays and the last 13 six days.

Clarke County: full season.

Craig County: full season.

-National forest lands: the second Saturday and the last day.

Culpeper County: full season.

-Chester F. Phelps WMA: the second Saturday and the last day.

Cumberland County: the second and third Saturdays and the last 13 days.

-Cumberland State Forest: the second and third Saturdays.

Dickenson County: antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Dinwiddie County: the second and third Saturdays and the last six days.

Essex County: the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 27 six days.

Fairfax County: full season (restricted to certain parcels of land by special permit).

Fauquier County: full season.

-G. Richard Thompson WMA: the second Saturday and the last day.

-Chester F. Phelps WMA: the second Saturday and the last day.

Floyd County: full season.

Fluvanna County: second and third Saturdays and the last 13 days.

Franklin County: full season.

-Philpott Reservoir: the second Saturday and the last six days.

-Turkeycock Mountain WMA: the second Saturday and the last six days.

Frederick County: full season.

-National forest lands: the last day antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Giles County: full season.

-National forest lands: the second Saturday and the last day.

Gloucester County: the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 2729 six ] days.

Goochland County: the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 27 29 days.

Grayson County: full season.

-National forest lands and Grayson Highlands State Park: antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Greene County: full season.

Greensville County: full season the second and third Saturdays and the last six days.

Halifax County: the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 27 13 days.

Hanover County: full season.

Henrico County: full season.

Henry County: the second and third Saturdays and the last 13 days.

-Fairystone Farms WMA, Fairystone State Park, and Philpott Reservoir: the second Saturday and the last six days.

-Turkeycock Mountain WMA: the second Saturday and the last six days.

Highland County: the second Saturday and the last day.

-National forest and department-owned lands: the last day antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

-Department-owned lands: the second Saturday and the last day.

Isle of Wight County: full season.

-Ragged Island WMA: antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

James City County: full season.

King and Queen County: the second and third Saturdays and the last 13 six days.

King George County: full season the second and third Saturdays and the last29 13 ] days.

King William County: the second and third Saturdays and the last 13 six days.

Lancaster County: full season the second and third Saturdays and the last29 13 ] days.

Lee County: the second Saturday and the last two days.

-National forest lands: antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Loudoun County: full season.

Louisa County: the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 27 29 days.

Lunenburg County: the second and third Saturdays and the last six days.

Madison County: full season.

-Rapidan WMA: the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 27 29 days.

Mathews County: the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 2729 six ] days.

Mecklenburg County: the second and third Saturdays and the last six days.

-Dick Cross WMA: the second and third Saturdays and the last six days.

Middlesex County: the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 2729 six ] days.

Montgomery County: full season.

-National forest lands: the second Saturday and the last day.

Nelson County (east of Route 151): the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 27 29 days.

-James River WMA: the second Saturday and the last six days.

Nelson County (west of Route 151): full season.

-National forest lands: the last day antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

New Kent County: the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 27 13 days.

Northampton County: full season.

Northumberland County: full season the second and third Saturdays and the last29 13 ] days.

Nottoway County: the second and third Saturdays and the last six days.

Orange County: full season.

Page County: the second Saturday and the last two days.

-National forest lands: the last day antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Patrick County: the second and third Saturdays and the last 13 days.

-Fairystone Farms WMA, Fairystone State Park, and Philpott Reservoir: the second Saturday and the last six days.

Pittsylvania County: the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 27 29 days.

-White Oak Mountain WMA: the second Saturday and the last day.

Powhatan County: the second and third Saturdays and the last 13 days.

-Powhatan WMA: the second and third Saturdays and the last 13 days.

Prince Edward County: the second and third Saturdays and the last six days.

-Briery Creek WMA: the second and third Saturdays and the last six days.

-Featherfin WMA: the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 27 29 days.

-Prince Edward State Forest: the second and third Saturdays.

Prince George County: full season.

Prince William County: full season.

Pulaski County: full season.

-National forest lands: the second Saturday and the last day.

Rappahannock County: full season.

Richmond County: full season the second and third Saturdays and the last29 13 ] days.

Roanoke County: full season.

-National forest and department-owned lands: the second Saturday and the last day antlered bucks only-no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Rockbridge County: the second Saturday and the last two days.

-National forest and department-owned lands: the last day antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Rockingham County: the second Saturday and the last six days full season.

-National forest lands and private lands: antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

-Private lands west of Routes 613 and 731: the last day.

Russell County: the second Saturday and the last two days.

-Clinch Mountain WMA, Hidden Valley WMA, and the Channels State Forest: antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Scott County: the second Saturday and the last six days.

-National forest lands: antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Shenandoah County: full season.

-National forest lands: the last day antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Smyth County: the second Saturday and the last six days.

-National forest lands, Clinch Mountain WMA, and Hungry Mother State Park: antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Southampton County: full season.

Spotsylvania County: the second, and third, and fourth Saturdays and the last 27 29 days.

Stafford County: full season.

Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp Line): the second and third Saturdays and the last 13 days.

Suffolk (west of the Dismal Swamp Line): full season.

Surry County: full season.

-Carlisle Tract and Stewart Tracts of the Hog Island WMA: antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Sussex County: full season.

-Parkers Branch Tract of the ] Big Woods WMA(including the Parkers Branch Tract) ] and Big Woods State Forest: the second and third Saturdays and the last six days.

Tazewell County: the second Saturday and the last two days.

-National forest lands and Clinch Mountain WMA: antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Virginia Beach (City of): the second and third Saturdays and the last 13 days.

Warren County: full season.

-National forest lands: the last day antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Washington County: the second Saturday and the last six days.

-National forest lands, Clinch Mountain WMA, Hidden Valley WMA, and the Channels State Forest: antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Westmoreland County: full season the second and third Saturdays and the last29 13 ] days.

Wise County: antlered bucks only—no either-sex days. Only deer with antlers above the hairline may be taken.

Wythe County: full season.

-National forest lands and Big Survey WMA: the second Saturday and the last day.

York County: full season.

B. Except as provided in the subsection A of this section, deer of either sex may be taken full season during the general firearms deer season within the incorporated limits of any city or town, state park, national wildlife refuge, or military installation that allows deer hunting.

4VAC15-90-280. Sale of hides cervid parts and cervid mounts.

It shall be lawful to sell hides and hooves from any legally taken deer. Provided that no extraneous muscle tissue is attached, it shall be lawful to purchase or sell the hair, hide, tail, sinew, skull, antlers, bones, and feet of a legally possessed cervid carcass or cervid carcass part, any products made from these deer parts, and cervid mounts.

4VAC15-90-291. Enclosed or fenced areas that prevent or impede the free egress of deer.

A. Pursuant to § 29.1-525.1 A and B of the Code of Virginia, an enclosed or fenced area having any of the following attributes shall be deemed to prevent or impede the free egress of deer:

1. A fence greater than 61 inches high anywhere along its entire length;

2. A fence greater than 61 inches high that incorporates any topographic or other physical barrier that prevents or impedes the free egress of deer; or

3. A fence or other barrier 61 inches or less in height having any attribute that prevents or impedes the free egress of deer, including but not limited to being slanted, doubled, offset, or electrified; or.

4. A fence or other barrier, having any of the attributes described in subdivision 1, 2, or 3 of this section that does not have a permanent gap of at least 40 linear feet per every 660 linear feet (1/8 mile) along the fence or barrier, including an additional permanent gap of at least 40 linear feet at every inside angle in the fence or barrier of less than 120 degrees. For the purposes of this section, a gap is defined as an interruption in the fence or barrier devoid of any impediment.

B. This subsection section shall not apply to enclosures and lands exempted under § 29.1-525.1 C and D of the Code of Virginia.

C. The director or his designee may grant exceptions for an enclosed or fenced area having any of the above attributes where necessary for bona fide agricultural livestock operations.

4VAC15-90-294. Rehabilitation of cervids.

A. For the purposes of this section:

"Juvenile" means any cervid less than one year of age on December 31 of the current calendar year.

"Adult" means any cervid greater than one year of age on December 31 of the current calendar year.

B. No person permitted by the department to rehabilitate cervids may transport, possess, rehabilitate, or release adult cervids. Rehabilitators permitted by the department may transport and temporarily possess adult cervids solely for the purpose of immediate humane dispatch but must notify the department immediately after the deer has been dispatched.

C. Juvenile cervids requiring continued rehabilitation beyond December 31 of the current calendar year shall not be transported, possessed, released, or rehabilitated without written authorization from the department.

D. Cervids that originate within an area designated by the department for disease management shall not be transported or possessed for the purposes of rehabilitation. If such a cervid is brought to a rehabilitator permitted by the department, the permittee shall hold the cervid in isolation and immediately notify the department.

E. Cervids from any county (including the cities and towns therein) containing an area designated by the department for cervid disease management may be rehabilitated and released in the county of origin only if the cervid originated from a portion of the county outside the disease management area.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-5071; Filed June 21, 2017, 1:49 a.m.
TITLE 4. CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
BOARD OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries is claiming an exemption from the Administrative Process Act pursuant to § 2.2-4002 A 3 of the Code of Virginia when promulgating regulations regarding the management of wildlife.

Title of Regulation: 4VAC15-190. Game: Quail (amending 4VAC15-190-10).

Statutory Authority: §§ 29.1-103 and 29.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: August 1, 2017.

Agency Contact: Phil Smith, Regulatory Coordinator, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Henrico, VA 23228, telephone (804) 367-8341, or email phil.smith@dgif.virginia.gov.

Summary:

The amendment closes the quail hunting season on all public lands west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

4VAC15-190-10. Open season; generally.

A. Except as otherwise specifically provided by the sections appearing in subsection B of this chapter section, it shall be lawful to hunt quail from the Saturday prior to the second Monday in November through January 31, both dates inclusive.

B. It shall be unlawful to hunt quail on all public lands west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-5072; Filed June 21, 2017, 11:09 a.m.
TITLE 4. CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
BOARD OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries is claiming an exemption from the Administrative Process Act pursuant to § 2.2-4002 A 3 of the Code of Virginia when promulgating regulations regarding the management of wildlife.

Title of Regulation: 4VAC15-240. Game: Turkey (amending 4VAC15-240-50, 4VAC15-240-60).

Statutory Authority: §§ 29.1-103 and 29.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: August 1, 2017.

Agency Contact: Phil Smith, Regulatory Coordinator, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Henrico, VA 23228, telephone (804) 367-8341, or email phil.smith@dgif.virginia.gov.

Summary:

The amendments (i) provide fall and spring turkey hunting seasons in the Cities of Newport News and Hampton; (ii) close the Cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth to turkey hunting; (iii) close the archery turkey hunting season concurrent with the close of the first part of the fall turkey season, in which firearms and muzzleloader weapons are legal weapons; and (iv) allow slingbows to be used during the archery turkey hunting season.

4VAC15-240-50. Continuous closed season in certain counties, cities and areas.

There shall be continuous closed turkey season, except where a special spring season for bearded turkeys is provided for in 4VAC15-240-40, in the county of Arlington County; and in the cities Cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach.

4VAC15-240-60. Archery hunting.

A. Season. It shall be lawful to hunt turkey with archery equipment or a slingbow in those counties and areas open to fall turkey hunting from the first Saturday in October through the Saturday prior to the second Monday in November Friday that is 13 days after the Saturday before the last Monday in October, both dates inclusive.

B. Bag limit. The daily and seasonal bag limit for hunting turkey with archery equipment or a slingbow shall be the same as permitted during the general turkey season in those counties and areas open to fall turkey hunting, and any turkey taken shall apply toward the total season bag limit.

C. Carrying firearms prohibited. It shall be unlawful to carry firearms while hunting with archery equipment or a slingbow during the special archery season.

D. Use of dogs prohibited during archery season. It shall be unlawful to use dogs when hunting with archery equipment from the first Saturday in October through the Saturday prior to the second Monday in November, both dates inclusive.

4VAC15-240-70. Bag limit.

The bag limit for hunting turkeys shall be one a day [ in the fall, two per day during the spring ], three a license year, no more than two of which may be taken in the fall.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-5073; Filed June 21, 2017, 11:26 a.m.
TITLE 4. CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
BOARD OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries is claiming an exemption from the Administrative Process Act pursuant to § 2.2-4002 A 3 of the Code of Virginia when promulgating regulations regarding the management of wildlife.

Title of Regulation: 4VAC15-260. Game: Waterfowl and Waterfowl Blinds (amending 4VAC15-260-160; adding  4VAC15-260-35, 4VAC15-260-115, repealing 4VAC15-260-40).

Statutory Authority: §§ 29.1-103, 29.1-351, and 29.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: August 1, 2017.

Agency Contact: Phil Smith, Regulatory Coordinator, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Henrico, VA 23228, telephone (804) 367-8341, or email phil.smith@dgif.virginia.gov.

Summary:

The amendments (i) clarify that all hunting, including hunting from a float blind, hunting while standing on the bottom of public waters, or any other type of hunting, is prohibited within 500 yards of any licensed stationary blind or floating blind stake; (ii) prohibit activities on the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Kittewan Creek refuge property that are not consistent with the property's function as a refuge for waterfowl; and (iii) allow the department to designate float blind hunting areas in the Great Hunting Creek and Dyke Marsh areas using global positioning system coordinates.

4VAC15-260-15. Reflective markers on stationary blinds.

Stationary blinds located in the public waters must be marked with a stake or PVC pipe with at least 100 square inches of white or amber reflecting material visibly from 360 degrees and at least three feet above the high water mark. The requirement for reflective material on stationary blinds is not in effect while the stationary blind is occupied by a licensed hunter during legal shooting hours. In addition, any abandoned or partial blind structures must be similarly marked until such time as they are removed from the public waters. ]

4VAC15-260-35. Distance from a licensed stationary blind and off-shore blind stake.

No person shall hunt migratory waterfowl in the public waters of this Commonwealth within 500 yards of any legally licensed erected stationary blind or legally licensed offshore blind stake site of another without possessing the written consent of the licensee that is immediately available upon request by any law-enforcement officer, except when in active pursuit of a visible crippled waterfowl that was legally shot by the person.

4VAC15-260-40. Distance between floating blind and stationary blind. (Repealed.)

It shall be unlawful to tie out or anchor a mat blind, or other floating blind, within 500 yards of a stationary shore or stationary water blind on which license has been paid for the season, except by the consent of the owner of such stationary shore blind or water blind, whether the same be occupied for shooting or not.

4VAC15-260-45. Float blind hunting areas established.

No licenses shall be issued for non-riparian stationary waterfowl blinds or offshore blind stake sites in the public waters in front of specified public, municipal, state, or federal properties in Virginia. Waterfowl hunting in public waters in front of these lands shall be by licensed floating blind only and shall occur only in designated waters and at designated times and locations as prescribed by the riparian landowner and approved by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. This section applies to areas where the managing agency has requested such in writing to the department by April 1 of any given year. These privileges will remain in effect until the managing agency requests termination in writing to the department by April 1 of any given year. This section shall not alter in any respect the privileges for landowners and their lessees and permittees prescribed in §§ 29.1-344 and 29.1-347 of the Code of Virginia. ]

4VAC15-260-115. Disturbing waterfowl on Kittewan Creek refuge in Charles City County.

It shall be unlawful to hunt onthe waters of ] Kittewan CreekRefuge ] in Charles City County west (upstream) of the posted refuge boundary markers (latitude-longitude coordinates 37.29831 - 77.05134) located approximately one mile upstream fromits mouth at ] the James River. In addition, camping and other recreational activities that are not consistent with the property's function as a refuge for waterfowl are not permitted.

4VAC15-260-116. [ FINAL ACTION DEFERRED. ]

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries deferred action on 4VAC15-260-116 for later consideration; therefore, this section will not become effective on August 1, 2017. The proposed text of this section may be viewed in 33:17 VA.R. 1966-1967 April 17, 2017.

4VAC15-260-160. Great Hunting Creek and Dyke Marsh; floating blind area.

No license shall be issued for stationary waterfowl blinds on the Potomac River in Fairfax County adjacent to National Park Service Lands lands in the Great Hunting Creek and Dyke Marsh areas. Waterfowl hunting in Commonwealth waters adjacent to the above mentioned lands shall be by licensed floating blind only. Such floating blinds (i) must be attached securely to a post or buoy affixed to the river bottom by the department, or anchored at global positioning system (GPS) locations designated by the department and (ii) are limited to one floating blind per post at any time. Hunters in licensed floating blinds may hunt from designated locations during legal shooting hours on Thanksgiving Day and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the open seasons for hunting waterfowl in Virginia. Blind sites shall be occupied on a daily first-come basis, such sites to be occupied no earlier than 4 a.m. or later than one-half hour after sunset. All such blinds shall be removed each day.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-5074; Filed June 21, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
TITLE 4. CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
BOARD OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries is claiming an exemption from the Administrative Process Act pursuant to § 2.2-4002 A 3 of the Code of Virginia when promulgating regulations regarding the management of wildlife.

Title of Regulation: 4VAC15-270. Game: Firearms (adding 4VAC15-270-96).

Statutory Authority: §§ 29.1-103 and 29.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: August 1, 2017.

Agency Contact: Phil Smith, Regulatory Coordinator, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Henrico, VA 23228, telephone (804) 367-8341, or email phil.smith@dgif.virginia.gov.

Summary:

The amendments (i) set the minimum caliber for pneumatic rifles used for hunting deer at .35 and (ii) prohibit the use of pneumatic rifles for hunting bear or elk.

4VAC15-270-96. Pneumatic rifles permitted for hunting deer; prohibited for hunting bear and elk.

Pneumatic (air or gas) rifles must be .35 caliber or larger for the hunting or killing of deer. Pneumatic rifles are prohibited for the hunting or killing of bear and elk.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-5075; Filed June 21, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
TITLE 4. CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
BOARD OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries is claiming an exemption from the Administrative Process Act pursuant to § 2.2-4002 A 3 of the Code of Virginia when promulgating regulations regarding the management of wildlife.

Title of Regulation: 4VAC15-290. Game: Permits (amending 4VAC15-290-140).

Statutory Authority: §§ 29.1-103 and 29.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: August 1, 2017.

Agency Contact: Phil Smith, Regulatory Coordinator, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Henrico, VA 23228, telephone (804) 367-8341, or email phil.smith@dgif.virginia.gov.

Summary:

The amendments require all hunters of migratory game birds, including those who are exempt from being licensed, to possess Harvest Information Program (HIP) authorization.

4VAC15-290-140. Possession and display of a harvest information program registration number authorization to hunt migratory game birds.

Every person required to obtain a harvest information program registration number to hunt, whether licensed or exempt from being licensed, (i) must be registered with the Virginia Harvest Information Program (HIP) to hunt migratory game birds, including waterfowl, doves, woodcock, snipe, rails, gallinules, moorhens, and coots; (ii) must carry the registration number HIP authorization on his person when hunting; and (iii) shall present it immediately upon demand of any officer whose duty it is to enforce the game and inland fish laws. The penalty for violation of this section is prescribed by § 29.1-505 of the Code of Virginia.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-5076; Filed June 21, 2017, 11:46 a.m.
TITLE 9. ENVIRONMENT
STATE WATER CONTROL BOARD
Forms

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: Forms used in administering the following regulation have been filed by the Department of Environmental Quality. The forms are not being published; however, online users of this issue of the Virginia Register of Regulations may click on the name of a form to access it. The forms are also available from the agency contact or may be viewed at the Office of the Registrar of Regulations, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Titles of Regulations: 9VAC25-210. Virginia Water Protection Permit Program Regulation.

9VAC25-660. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Impacts Less Than One-Half Acre.

9VAC25-670. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Facilities and Activities of Utility and Public Service Companies Regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or the State Corporation Commission and Other Utility Line Activities.

9VAC25-680. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Linear Transportation Projects.

9VAC25-690. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Impacts from Development and Certain Mining Activities.

Agency Contact: Debra Harris, Policy and Planning Specialist, Department of Environmental Quality, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 698-4209, or email debra.harris@deq.virginia.gov.

FORMS (9VAC25-210)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Tidewater Joint Permit Application for Projects Involving Tidal Waters, Tidal Wetlands and/or Dunes and Beaches in Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Tidewater Joint Permit Application for Projects Involving Tidal Waters, Tidal Wetlands and/or Dunes and Beaches in Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-660)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-670)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-680)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (eff. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-690)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-5170; Filed June 13, 2017, 8:55 a.m.
TITLE 9. ENVIRONMENT
STATE WATER CONTROL BOARD
Forms

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: Forms used in administering the following regulation have been filed by the Department of Environmental Quality. The forms are not being published; however, online users of this issue of the Virginia Register of Regulations may click on the name of a form to access it. The forms are also available from the agency contact or may be viewed at the Office of the Registrar of Regulations, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Titles of Regulations: 9VAC25-210. Virginia Water Protection Permit Program Regulation.

9VAC25-660. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Impacts Less Than One-Half Acre.

9VAC25-670. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Facilities and Activities of Utility and Public Service Companies Regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or the State Corporation Commission and Other Utility Line Activities.

9VAC25-680. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Linear Transportation Projects.

9VAC25-690. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Impacts from Development and Certain Mining Activities.

Agency Contact: Debra Harris, Policy and Planning Specialist, Department of Environmental Quality, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 698-4209, or email debra.harris@deq.virginia.gov.

FORMS (9VAC25-210)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Tidewater Joint Permit Application for Projects Involving Tidal Waters, Tidal Wetlands and/or Dunes and Beaches in Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Tidewater Joint Permit Application for Projects Involving Tidal Waters, Tidal Wetlands and/or Dunes and Beaches in Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-660)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-670)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-680)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (eff. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-690)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-5170; Filed June 13, 2017, 8:55 a.m.
TITLE 9. ENVIRONMENT
STATE WATER CONTROL BOARD
Forms

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: Forms used in administering the following regulation have been filed by the Department of Environmental Quality. The forms are not being published; however, online users of this issue of the Virginia Register of Regulations may click on the name of a form to access it. The forms are also available from the agency contact or may be viewed at the Office of the Registrar of Regulations, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Titles of Regulations: 9VAC25-210. Virginia Water Protection Permit Program Regulation.

9VAC25-660. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Impacts Less Than One-Half Acre.

9VAC25-670. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Facilities and Activities of Utility and Public Service Companies Regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or the State Corporation Commission and Other Utility Line Activities.

9VAC25-680. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Linear Transportation Projects.

9VAC25-690. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Impacts from Development and Certain Mining Activities.

Agency Contact: Debra Harris, Policy and Planning Specialist, Department of Environmental Quality, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 698-4209, or email debra.harris@deq.virginia.gov.

FORMS (9VAC25-210)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Tidewater Joint Permit Application for Projects Involving Tidal Waters, Tidal Wetlands and/or Dunes and Beaches in Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Tidewater Joint Permit Application for Projects Involving Tidal Waters, Tidal Wetlands and/or Dunes and Beaches in Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-660)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-670)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-680)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (eff. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-690)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-5170; Filed June 13, 2017, 8:55 a.m.
TITLE 9. ENVIRONMENT
STATE WATER CONTROL BOARD
Forms

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: Forms used in administering the following regulation have been filed by the Department of Environmental Quality. The forms are not being published; however, online users of this issue of the Virginia Register of Regulations may click on the name of a form to access it. The forms are also available from the agency contact or may be viewed at the Office of the Registrar of Regulations, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Titles of Regulations: 9VAC25-210. Virginia Water Protection Permit Program Regulation.

9VAC25-660. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Impacts Less Than One-Half Acre.

9VAC25-670. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Facilities and Activities of Utility and Public Service Companies Regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or the State Corporation Commission and Other Utility Line Activities.

9VAC25-680. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Linear Transportation Projects.

9VAC25-690. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Impacts from Development and Certain Mining Activities.

Agency Contact: Debra Harris, Policy and Planning Specialist, Department of Environmental Quality, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 698-4209, or email debra.harris@deq.virginia.gov.

FORMS (9VAC25-210)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Tidewater Joint Permit Application for Projects Involving Tidal Waters, Tidal Wetlands and/or Dunes and Beaches in Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Tidewater Joint Permit Application for Projects Involving Tidal Waters, Tidal Wetlands and/or Dunes and Beaches in Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-660)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-670)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-680)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (eff. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-690)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-5170; Filed June 13, 2017, 8:55 a.m.
TITLE 9. ENVIRONMENT
STATE WATER CONTROL BOARD
Forms

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: Forms used in administering the following regulation have been filed by the Department of Environmental Quality. The forms are not being published; however, online users of this issue of the Virginia Register of Regulations may click on the name of a form to access it. The forms are also available from the agency contact or may be viewed at the Office of the Registrar of Regulations, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Titles of Regulations: 9VAC25-210. Virginia Water Protection Permit Program Regulation.

9VAC25-660. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Impacts Less Than One-Half Acre.

9VAC25-670. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Facilities and Activities of Utility and Public Service Companies Regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or the State Corporation Commission and Other Utility Line Activities.

9VAC25-680. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Linear Transportation Projects.

9VAC25-690. Virginia Water Protection General Permit for Impacts from Development and Certain Mining Activities.

Agency Contact: Debra Harris, Policy and Planning Specialist, Department of Environmental Quality, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 698-4209, or email debra.harris@deq.virginia.gov.

FORMS (9VAC25-210)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Tidewater Joint Permit Application for Projects Involving Tidal Waters, Tidal Wetlands and/or Dunes and Beaches in Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Tidewater Joint Permit Application for Projects Involving Tidal Waters, Tidal Wetlands and/or Dunes and Beaches in Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-660)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-670)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-680)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (eff. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

FORMS (9VAC25-690)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form (rev. 10/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 3/2014)

Standard Joint Permit Application for Activities in Waters and Wetlands of the Commonwealth of Virginia (rev. 5/2017)

Virginia Department of Transportation, Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting Joint Permit Application (eff. 6/2008)

Monthly Reporting of Impacts Less than or Equal to One-Tenth Acre Statewide (eff. 8/2007)

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-5170; Filed June 13, 2017, 8:55 a.m.
TITLE 12. HEALTH
DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES
Notice of Withdrawal

Title of Regulation: 12VAC30-40. Eligibility Conditions and Requirements (amending 12VAC30-40-10).

Statutory Authority: § 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 1396 et seq.

The Department of Medical Assistance Services has withdrawn subdivision 3 b (1) of 12VAC30-40-10 from the regulatory action pertaining to the modified adjusted gross income methodology as published in 34:21 VA.R. 2376 June 12, 2017. This subdivision will be designated as "Reserved" in the Virginia Administrative Code when this action becomes effective on July 27, 2017.

Agency Contact: Emily McClellan, Regulatory Supervisor, Policy Division, Department of Medical Assistance Services, 600 East Broad Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 371-4300, FAX (804) 786-1680, or email emily.mcclellan@dmas.virginia.gov.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-4396; Filed June 9, 2017, 2:43 p.m.
TITLE 12. HEALTH
DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES
Final Regulation

Titles of Regulations: 12VAC30-50. Amount, Duration, and Scope of Medical and Remedial Care Services (adding 12VAC30-50-600).

12VAC30-121. Medicare-Medicaid Demonstration Waiver (adding 12VAC30-121-10 through 12VAC30-121-250).

Statutory Authority: § 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia; §§ 1932 and 1915(c) of the Social Security Act.

Effective Date: August 9, 2017.

Agency Contact: Matthew Behrens, Project Manager, Department of Medical Assistance Services, 600 East Broad Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 625-3673, FAX (804) 786-1680, or email matthew.behrens@dmas.virginia.gov.

Summary:

Item 307 RR of Chapter 806 of the 2013 Acts of Assembly, Item 301 TTT of Chapter 3 of the 2014 Acts of Assembly, Special Session I, and Item 301 TTT of Chapter 665 of the 2015 Acts of Assembly direct the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to implement a care coordination program for a Medicare-Medicaid dual eligible enrollee. Item 307 AAAA of Chapter 806 of the 2013 Acts of Assembly, Item 301 HHH of Chapter 3 of the 2014 Acts of Assembly, Special Session I, and Item 301 HHH of Chapter 665 of the 2015 Acts of Assembly direct DMAS to implement a process for administrative appeals of Medicaid/Medicare dual eligible recipients in accordance with the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between DMAS and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the Virginia Medicare-Medicaid Financial Alignment Demonstration Model. Item 307 RRRR of Chapter 806 of the 2013 Acts of Assembly provides for achieving cost savings and standardization of administrative and other processes for providers. The amendments conform to these requirements.

The establishment of Commonwealth Coordinated Care as the mandated care coordination program allows DMAS to combine certain aspects of Medicaid managed care and long-term care and Medicare into one program. The purpose of this regulatory action is to provide integrated care to dual eligible individuals who are currently excluded from participating in managed care programs. This change will enable participants to access their primary and acute medical services, behavioral health services, and long-term care services through a single managed delivery system. The program offers dual eligible individuals care coordination, health risk assessments, interdisciplinary care teams, and plans of care.

Summary of Public Comments and Agency's Response: No public comments were received by the promulgating agency.

Part IX
Commonwealth Coordinated Care Program

12VAC30-50-600. Section 1932 Medicare-Medicaid eligible individuals.

A. Consistent with § 1932(a)(1)(A) of the Social Security Act (Act), the Commonwealth enrolls Medicaid enrollees on a voluntary basis into Medicare-Medicaid plans (MMPs) in the absence of § 1115 or § 1915(b) waiver authority.

B. Consistent with § 1932(a)(1)(B) of the Act, the Commonwealth shall contract with MMPs. The payment method to the contracting entity shall be a capitation method.

C. Enrollment is voluntary in the counties and cities designated by the following regions: (i) Central Virginia, (ii) Northern Virginia, (iii) Tidewater, (iv) Western/Charlottesville, and (v) Roanoke.

D. The Commonwealth assures that all of the applicable requirements of § 1903(m) of the Act for MMPs and MMP contracts are met.

E. The Commonwealth assures that all the applicable requirements of § 1932 of the Act for the state's option to limit freedom of choice by requiring enrollees to receive their benefits through managed care entities will be met. MMPs shall be required to pass readiness reviews prior to enrolling individuals.

F. The Commonwealth assures that all the applicable requirements of 42 CFR 431.51 regarding freedom of choice for family planning services and supplies as defined in § 1905(a)(4)(C) of the Act will be met.

G. The Commonwealth assures that all applicable managed care requirements of 42 CFR Part 438 for MMPs will be met. Enrollees shall be permitted to opt out at any time with or without cause from the program pursuant to 42 CFR 438.56(c).

H. The Commonwealth assures that all applicable requirements of 42 CFR 438.6(c) for payments under any risk contracts will be met.

I. The Commonwealth assures that all applicable requirements of 45 CFR 92.36 for procurement of contracts will be met.

J. Enrollment process.

1. The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) shall use a preassignment algorithm, through its Medicaid Management Information System, and a contracted enrollment broker to facilitate the continuity of care for Medicaid individuals by providers that have traditionally served this population.

2. DMAS shall not use a lock in (i.e., restricting a beneficiary's ability to move between health plans except during the designated annual open enrollment period) for managed care.

3. Individuals shall have 60 days to choose a health plan before being automatically assigned.

4. Eligible individuals will receive a notice that indicates to which MMP they have been assigned. The notice will have instructions for the individual to contact the DMAS contracted enrollment facilitator to:

a. Accept the preassigned MMP;

b. Select a different MMP that is operating in their region; or

c. Opt out of the program altogether.

5. If an individual does not select an MMP, he shall be passively enrolled into the preassigned MMP.

6. Enrollees shall be assigned to an MMP based on six months of claims prior to preassignment using the rules in this subdivision in order of priority:

a. Individuals in a nursing facility shall be preassigned to an MMP that includes the individual's nursing facility in its provider network.

b. Individuals in theElerly Elderly ] or Disabled with Consumer Direction Waiver shall be assigned to an MMP that includes the individual's current adult day health care provider in its provider network.

c. If more than one MMP network includes the nursing facility or adult day health care provider used by an individual, the individual will be assigned to the MMP with which he has previously been assigned in the past six months. If he has no history of previous MMP assignment, he shall be randomly assigned to an MMP in which his provider participates.

d. Individuals shall be preassigned to an MMP with whom they have previously been assigned within the past six months.

K. The Commonwealth assures that it has an enrollment system that allows individuals who are already enrolled to be given priority to continue that enrollment if the MMP does not have capacity to accept all who are seeking enrollment under the program.

L. The Commonwealth assures that, pursuant to the choice requirements in 42 CFR 438.52, Medicaid individuals who are enrolled in an MMP will have a choice of at least two entities unless the area is considered rural as defined in 42 CFR 438.52(b)(3).

M. The Commonwealth shall apply the automatic reenrollment provision in accordance with 42 CFR 438.56(g) if the individual is disenrolled solely because he loses Medicaid eligibility for a period of two months or less.

N. The following services shall be excluded from coverage by the MMP in this program:

1. Induced abortions;

2. Targeted case management; and

3. Dental services (see 12VAC30-121-70 for specific coverage).

O. The Commonwealth shall intentionally limit the number of entities it contracts with under the option permitted by § 1932 of the Act. The Commonwealth assures that such limits on the number of contracting entities shall not substantially impair enrollee access to services.

P. DMAS has established an advisory committee that meets quarterly throughout the duration of the program to discuss topics such as program design, educational and outreach materials, and provider and beneficiary issues.

CHAPTER 121
COMMONWEALTH COORDINATED CARE PROGRAM

12VAC30-121-10. Commonwealth Coordinated Care program authority.

A. Medicare authority. The Medicare elements of the Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) program shall operate according to existing Medicare Part C and Part D laws and regulations, as amended or modified, except to the extent these requirements are waived or modified as provided for in the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the department. As a term and condition of the CCC program, participating plans will be required to comply with Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Program requirements in Part C and Part D of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (the Act) and 42 CFR Parts 422 and 423, as amended from time to time, except to the extent specified in the MOU for waivers and the three-way contract.

B. Medicaid authority. The Medicaid elements of the CCC program shall operate according to existing Medicaid laws and regulations, including but not limited to all requirements of the § 1915(c) of the Act waivers for individuals enrolled in the Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction Waiver, as amended or modified, except to the extent waived as provided for in the MOU. As a term and condition of the CCC program, the Commonwealth and participating plans shall comply with Medicaid managed care requirements under (i) Title XIX of the Act, 42 CFR Part 438 and other applicable regulations, as amended or modified, except to the extent specified in the MOU; and (ii) the three-way contract.

C. Sunset clause. Consistent with the MOU, the Commonwealth Coordinated Care regulations (12VAC30-121) shall expire effective with the termination of the approved MOU. ]

12VAC30-121-20. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Action" or "adverse decision" means, consistent with 42 CFR 438.400, a decision by the participating plan, subcontractor, service provider, or Department of Medical Assistance Services that constitutes a denial or limited authorization of a service authorization request, including (i) type or level of service; (ii) reduction, suspension, or termination of a previously authorized service; (iii) failure to act on a service request; (iv) denial in whole or in part of a payment for a covered service; (v) failure by the participating plan to render a decision within the required timeframes; or (vi) denial of an enrollee's request to exercise his right under 42 CFR 438.52(b)(2)(ii) to obtain services outside of the network.

"Appellant" means an applicant for or recipient of Medicaid benefits who seeks to challenge an action taken by the participating plan regarding eligibility for services and payment determinations.

"Capitation payment" means a payment the department makes periodically to a participating plan on behalf of each enrollee enrolled under a contract with that participating plan for the provision of services under the state plan and waivers, regardless of whether the enrollee receives services during the period covered by the payment.

"Capitation rate" means the monthly amount payable to the participating plan per enrollee for the provision of contract services. The participating plan shall accept the established capitation rates paid each month by the department and CMS as payment in full for all Medicaid and Medicare services to be provided pursuant to the three-way contract and all associated administrative costs, pending final recoupment, reconciliation, sanctions, or payment of quality withhold amounts as detailed in the MOU and the three-way contract.

"Care management" means the collaborative, person-centered process that assists enrollees in gaining access to needed health care services and includes (i) assessing for and planning of health care services; (ii) linking the enrollee to services and supports identified in the plan of care; (iii) working with the enrollee directly for the purpose of locating, developing, or obtaining needed health care services and resources; (iv) coordinating health care services and service planning with other agencies, providers, and family members involved with the enrollee; (v) making collateral contacts to promote the implementation of the plan of care and community integration; (vi) monitoring to assess ongoing progress and ensuring services are delivered; and (vii) education and counseling that guides the enrollee and develops a supportive relationship that promotes the plan of care.

"Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services" or "CMS" means the federal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for the administration of Titles XVIII, XIX, and XXI of the Social Security Act.

"Commonwealth Coordinated Care," "CCC," or "CCC program" means the program for the Virginia Medicare-Medicaid Financial Alignment Demonstration Model.

"Covered services" means the set of required services offered by the participating plan as set forth in the three-way contract.

"Cultural competency" means understanding those values, beliefs, and needs that are associated with an enrollee's age, gender identity, sexual orientation, or racial, ethnic, or religious background. Cultural competency (i) includes a set of competencies that are required to ensure appropriate, culturally sensitive health care to persons with congenital or acquired disabilities and (ii) is based on the premise of respect for the enrollee and his existing cultural differences and on an implementation of a trust-promoting method of inquiry and assistance.

"Demonstration" means the capitated model under the Medicare-Medicaid Financial Alignment Demonstration Model as authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and as set out in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-148) and authorized under § 1115A of the Social Security Act.

"Department of Medical Assistance Services," "department," or "DMAS" means the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, the single state agency for the Medicaid program in Virginia that is responsible for implementation and oversight of the demonstration.

"Disenroll" or "disenrollment" means the process of changing enrollment from one participating plan to another participating plan or opting out of the demonstration altogether but shall not include ending eligibility in the Medicare or Medicaid programs.

"Division" or "Appeals Division" means the Appeals Division of the Department of Medical Assistance Services.

"Effective date of enrollment" means the date on which a participating plan's coverage begins for an enrollee.

"Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction Waiver" or "EDCD Waiver" means, as provided in Part IX (12VAC30-120-900 et seq.) of Waivered Services (12VAC30-120), the CMS-approved waiver that covers a limited range of community support services offered to enrollees who are elderly or have a disability and meet Virginia nursing facility level of care criteria as set out in 12VAC30-60-300, 12VAC30-60-303, and 12VAC30-60-307.

"Enrollee appeal" means an enrollee's request for review of a participating plan's coverage or payment determination. In accordance with 42 CFR 438.400, a Medicaid-based appeal is defined as a request for review of an action, as defined in this section. An appeal is an enrollee's challenge to the actions regarding services, benefits, and reimbursement provided by the participating plan, its service providers, or the Department of Medical Assistance Services.  Enrollees or providers or other individuals acting on behalf of enrollees and with the enrollee's written consent may appeal adverse decisions to the participating plan and to DMAS (for Medicaid covered services) after the participating plan's internal appeals process is exhausted.

"Enrollee communications" means the materials designed to communicate to enrollees the plan benefits, policies, processes, and enrollee rights. Enrollee communications includes pre-enrollment, post-enrollment, and operational materials.

"Enrollment" means the completion of approved enrollment forms by or on behalf of an eligible person and assignment of an enrollee to a participating plan by DMAS in accordance with federal law.

"Evidence of coverage" or "EOC" means a document prepared by the Medicare-Medicare plan and provided to the enrollee that is consistent with the requirements of 42 CFR 438.10, 42 CFR 422.11, and 42 CFR 423.128 and includes information about all the services covered by that plan.

"Expedited appeal" means the process by which DMAS must respond to an appeal by an enrollee if a denial of care decision and the subsequent internal appeal by a participating plan may jeopardize life, health, or the ability to attain, maintain, or regain maximum function.

"External appeal" means an appeal, subsequent to the participating plan appeal decision, to the state fair hearing process for Medicaid-based adverse decisions or to the Medicare process for Medicare-based adverse decisions. The department's external appeal decision shall be binding upon the participating plan and not subject to further appeal by the participating plan.

"Fee-for-service" or "FFS" means the traditional health care payment system in which physicians and other providers receive a payment for each service they provide.

"Final decision" means a written determination by a hearing officer that is binding on DMAS, unless modified during or after the judicial process, and that may be appealed to the local circuit court.

"Good cause" means to provide sufficient cause or reason for failing to file a timely appeal or for missing a scheduled appeal hearing.

"Health risk assessment" or "HRA" means a comprehensive assessment of an enrollee's medical, psychosocial, cognitive, and functional status in order to determine his medical, behavioral health, long-term care services and supports, and social needs.

"Hearing" means an informal evidentiary proceeding conducted by a DMAS hearing officer during which an enrollee has the opportunity to present his concerns with or objections to the participating plan's internal appeal decision.

"Hearing officer" means an impartial decision maker who conducts evidentiary hearings for enrollee appeals on behalf of the department.

"Interdisciplinary care team" or "ICT" means a team of professionals who collaborate, either in person or through other means, with the enrollee to develop and implement (employing both medical and social models of care) a plan of care that meets the enrollee's medical, behavioral health, long-term care services and supports, and social needs. ICTs may include physicians, physician assistants, long-term care providers, nurses, specialists, pharmacists, behavior health specialists, and social workers, as may be appropriate for the enrollee's medical diagnoses and health condition, comorbidities, and community support needs.

"Intermediate sanctions" means sanctions that may be imposed on a Medicare-Medicaid plan such as civil money penalties, appointment of temporary management, permission for individuals to terminate enrollment in the Medicare-Medicaid plan without cause, suspension or default of all enrollment of individuals, and suspension of payment to the Medicare-Medicaid plan for individuals enrolled pursuant to 42 USC § 1396u-2(e)(2).

"Internal appeal" means an enrollee's initial request to the participating plan for review of the participating plan's coverage or payment determination.

"Long-term services and supports" or "LTSS" means a variety of services and supports that (i) help elderly enrollees and enrollees with disabilities who need assistance to perform activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living to improve the quality of their lives and (ii) are provided over an extended period, predominantly in homes and communities, but also in facility-based settings such as nursing facilities. Examples of these activities include assistance with bathing, dressing, and other basic activities of daily life and self-care, as well as support for everyday tasks such as laundry, shopping, and transportation.

"Medicaid" means the program of medical assistance benefits under Title XIX of the Social Security Act and various demonstrations and waivers thereof.

"Medically necessary" means (i) for Medicare, services that are reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of illness or injury or to improve the functioning of a malformed body member and (ii) for Virginia Medicaid, an item or service provided for the diagnosis or treatment of a patient's condition consistent with community standards of medical practice and in accordance with Part IX (12VAC30-130-600 et seq.) of 12VAC30-130. Furthermore, services must be sufficient in amount, duration, and scope to reasonably achieve their purpose. Services must be provided in a way that provides all protections to covered individuals provided by Medicare and Virginia Medicaid.

"Medicare" means Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, the federal health insurance program for people age 65 or older, people younger than 65 years of age who have certain disabilities, and people with end stage renal disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

"Medicare Part A" means hospital insurance that helps cover inpatient care in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, hospice, and home health care.

"Medicare Part B" means insurance that helps cover medically necessary services such as doctor's services, outpatient care, durable medical equipment, home health services, other medical services, and some preventive services.

"Medicare Part C" or "Medicare Advantage" means a plan that (i) provides all of an enrollee's Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B coverage; (ii) may offer extra coverage, such as vision, hearing, dental, or health and wellness programs; and (iii) may include Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D).

"Medicare Part D" means Medicare prescription drug coverage.

"Memorandum of understanding" or "MOU" means the Memorandum of Understanding between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Commonwealth of Virginia Regarding a Federal-State Partnership to Test a Capitated Financial Alignment Model for Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees (5/2013), which is the document that sets out the mutually agreed to understanding of this program between CMS and DMAS.

"Minimum data set" or "MDS" means part of the federally-mandated process for assessing enrollees receiving care in certified skilled nursing facilities in order to record their overall health status, regardless of payer source.

"Money Follows the Person" or "MFP" means a demonstration project administered by DMAS that is designed to create a system of long-term services and supports that better enable enrollees to transition from certain long-term care institutions into the community.

"Network" means doctors, hospitals, or other health care providers that participate or contract with a participating plan and, as a result, agree to accept a mutually-agreed upon payment amount or fee schedule as payment in full for covered services that are rendered to eligible enrollees.

"Nursing facility" means any skilled nursing facility, skilled care facility, intermediate care facility, nursing care facility, or nursing facility, whether freestanding or a portion of a freestanding medical care facility, that is certified for participation as a Medicare or Medicaid provider, or both, pursuant to Title XVIII and Title XIX of the Social Security Act, as amended, and § 32.1-137 of the Code of Virginia.

"Participating plan," "Medicare-Medicaid plan," or "MMP" means a health plan that is selected to participate in Virginia's Medicare-Medicaid Financial Alignment Demonstration Model and that is a party to the three-way contract with CMS and DMAS.

"Passive enrollment" means an enrollment process through which an eligible enrollee is enrolled by DMAS or its vendor into a participating plan, when not otherwise affirmatively electing one plan following a minimum 60-day advance notification that includes the opportunity to make another enrollment decision or opt out of the demonstration prior to the enrollment effective date.

"Plan of care" or "POC" means a plan, primarily directed by the enrollee and family members of the enrollee as appropriate with the assistance of the enrollee's interdisciplinary care team to meet the enrollee's medical, behavioral health, long-term care services and supports, and social needs.

"Preadmission screening" means the process to (i) evaluate the functional, medical or nursing, and social support needs of enrollees referred for preadmission screening; (ii) assist enrollees in determining what specific services the enrollees need; (iii) evaluate whether a service or a combination of existing community services are available to meet the needs of the enrollees; and (iv) refer enrollees to the appropriate entity for either Medicaid-funded nursing facility services or home and community-based care for those enrollees who meet the criteria for nursing facility level of care.

"Preadmission screening team" means the entity contracted with DMAS that is responsible for performing preadmission screening pursuant to § 32.1-330 of the Code of Virginia.

"Previously authorized" means, in relation to continuation of benefits, as described in 42 CFR 438.420, a prior approved course of treatment. "Previously authorized" is further clarified in 12VAC30-121-150.

"Privacy" means the requirements established in (i) the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and implementing regulations, (ii) Medicaid regulations, including 42 CFR 431.300 through 42 CFR 431.307, and (iii) relevant Virginia privacy laws.

"Provider appeal" means an appeal filed by a Medicare, Medicaid, or other service provider that has already provided a service and has received an action regarding payment or audit result.

"Remand" means the return of a case by the hearing officer to the participating plan for further review, evaluation, and action.

"Remote patient monitoring" means monitoring a patient remotely and is often used for patients with one or more chronic conditions, such as congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, diabetes, pulmonary diseases, or the need for anticoagulation treatment. Remote patient monitoring must be agreed to by the enrollee. Examples of remote patient monitoring activities include transferring vital signs such as weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and heart rate from the enrollee to the physician's office.

"Representative" means an attorney or other individual who has been authorized to represent an enrollee pursuant to this chapter.

"Reverse" means to overturn the participating plan's action and internal appeal decision and to direct that the participating plan fully approve the amount, duration, and scope of requested services.

"Secretary" means the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"Social Security Act" means the federal act codified through Chapter 7 of Title 42 of the United States Code that established social insurance programs including Medicare and Medicaid.

"State fair hearing" means the DMAS evidentiary hearing process for enrollees as administered by the Appeals Division of DMAS.

"State Plan for Medical Assistance" or "State Plan" means the comprehensive written statement submitted to CMS by DMAS describing the nature and scope of the Virginia Medicaid program and giving assurance that the program will be administered in conformity with the requirements, standards, procedures, and conditions for obtaining federal financial participation. DMAS has the authority to administer such State Plan for the Commonwealth pursuant to the authority of the § 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia.

"Sustain" means to uphold the participating plan's appeal decision.

"Targeted case management" or "TCM" means the Medicaid-funded State Plan case management service provided by private providers for enrollees with substance use disorders or developmental disabilities and by community services boards or behavioral health authorities for enrollees with behavioral health disorders or intellectual disabilities. TCM encompasses both referral and transition management and clinical services such as monitoring, self-management support, and medication review and adjustment. TCM is separate from "care management" as defined in the MOU.

"Three-way contract" means the three-way agreement between CMS, DMAS, and a participating plan specifying the terms and conditions pursuant to which a participating plan shall participate in the CCC program.

"Vulnerable subpopulation" means, at a minimum, individuals from the following groups: (i) individuals who are enrolled in the Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction Waiver (12VAC30-120-900 et seq.); (ii) individuals who have either intellectual or developmental disabilities, or both; (iii) individuals who have cognitive or memory problems, or both, (e.g., dementia and traumatic brain injury); (iv) individuals with physical or sensory disabilities; (v) individuals who are residing in nursing facilities; (vi) individuals who have serious and persistent mental illness or illnesses; (vii) individuals who have end stage renal disease; and (viii) individuals who have complex or multiple chronic health conditions, or both.

"Withdraw" means the enrollee or the enrollee's representative makes a written request for the department to terminate the appeal process without a final decision on the merits.

12VAC30-121-30. Selected localities.

A. The demonstration shall operate in specific regions within the Commonwealth.

B. The department and CMS will implement the demonstration in Central Virginia, Northern Virginia, Roanoke, Tidewater, and Western/Charlottesville regions.

C. Under the demonstration, DMAS will conduct a regional phase in. Phase I will impact Central Virginia and Tidewater. Phase II will impact Western/Charlottesville, Northern Virginia, and Roanoke.

D. Participating plans must cover all eligible enrollees in all localities within the region or regions in which such plans participate.

12VAC30-121-40. Eligible enrollees.

A. Medicaid-eligible enrollees who meet the following qualifications may be eligible to be enrolled in the demonstration:

1. Individuals who are 21 years of age or older at the time of enrollment;

2. Individuals who are entitled to benefits under Medicare Part A, enrolled under Medicare Part B and Part D, and who are receiving full Medicaid benefits. This includes enrollees participating in the EDCD Waiver and those residing in nursing facilities;

3. Individuals who reside in a program region; and

4. Individuals who do not meet any of the exclusions identified in 12VAC30-121-45.

B. Individuals who have been excluded from the CCC program, for any reason, shall be permitted to opt in to the CCC program once the reason for their exclusion no longer exists.

12VAC30-121-45. Individuals excluded from enrollment.

Individuals who meet at least one of the following criteria shall be excluded from the CCC program:

1. Individuals who are younger than 21 years of age.

2. Individuals who are required to "spend down" income in order to meet Medicaid eligibility requirements. "Spend down" means when a Medicaid applicant meets all Medicaid eligibility requirements other than income, Medicaid eligibility staff conduct a medically needy calculation that compares the enrollee's income to a medically needy income limit for a specific period of time referred to as the "budget period" (not to exceed six months). When a Medicaid applicant's incurred medical expenses equal the spend down amount, the applicant is eligible for full benefit Medicaid for the remainder of the spend down budget period.

3. Individuals for whom DMAS only pays a limited amount each month toward their cost of care (e.g., deductibles), including non-full-benefit Medicaid beneficiaries. These individuals may receive Medicaid coverage for the following: (i) Medicare monthly premiums for Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, or both (carved-out payment); (ii) coinsurance, copayment, and deductible for Medicare-allowed services; and (iii) Medicaid-covered services, including those that are not covered by Medicare. These individuals may include:

a. Qualified Medicare beneficiaries;

b. Special low income Medicare beneficiaries;

c. Qualified disabled working individuals; or

d. Qualifying individuals.

4. Individuals who are inpatients in state mental hospitals, including Catawba Hospital, Central State Hospital, Eastern State Hospital, Hiram W. Davis Medical Center, Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Piedmont Geriatric Hospital, Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute, and Western State Hospital.

5. Individuals who are residents of state hospitals, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, residential treatment facilities, or long-stay hospitals. Long-stay hospitals are specialty Medicaid facilities that serve enrollees who require a higher intensity of nursing care than that which is normally provided in a nursing facility and who do not require the degree of care and treatment that an acute care hospital is designed to provide.

6. Individuals who are participating in federal waiver programs for home and community-based Medicaid coverage other than the EDCD Waiver (e.g., Individual and Family Developmental Disabilities Support, Intellectual Disability, Day Support, Technology Assisted, and Alzheimer's Assisted Living waivers).

7. Individuals receiving hospice services at the time of enrollment. If an enrollee enters hospice while enrolled in the CCC program, he shall be disenrolled from the CCC program. If an enrollee opts out of the CCC program, he shall not be permitted to reenter it. If an enrollee does not opt out but leaves the CCC program due to a CCC program action, he shall be permitted to return to the CCC program upon leaving hospice. However, participating plans shall refer these individuals to the preadmission screening team for additional LTSS if not already in place.

8. Individuals receiving the end stage renal disease (ESRD) Medicare benefit at the time of enrollment into the CCC program. However, an enrollee who develops ESRD while enrolled in the CCC program shall remain in the CCC program unless he opts out. If he opts out, the enrollee shall not be permitted to opt back into the CCC program.

9. Individuals with other comprehensive group or enrollee health insurance coverage, other than full benefit Medicare, insurance provided to military dependents, and any other insurance purchased through the Health Insurance Premium Payment Program.

10. Individuals who have a Medicaid eligibility period that is less than three months.

11. Individuals who have a Medicaid eligibility period that is only retroactive.

12. Individuals enrolled in the Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program established pursuant to Chapter 50 (§ 38.2-5000 et seq.) of Title 38.2 of the Code of Virginia.

13. Individuals enrolled in the Money Follows the Person program.

14. Individuals residing outside of the CCC program coverage regions.

15. Individuals enrolled in a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). However, PACE participants may enroll in the CCC program if they choose to disenroll from their PACE providers.

16. Individuals participating in the CMS Independence at Home demonstration or any other demonstration that bases some or all payment on achievement of Medicare savings.

12VAC30-121-50. Enrollment process.

Individuals who qualify as indicated in 12VAC30-121-40 and are not excluded as provided in 12VAC30-121-45 shall be enrolled as follows, except if they choose to opt out:

1. Enrollees shall be passively assigned to a participating plan based on their previous six months of Medicaid claims history prior to preassignment using the rules in this order of priority:

a. Enrollees in a nursing facility shall be preassigned to a participating plan that includes the enrollee's nursing facility in its provider network.

b. Enrollees in the EDCD Waiver shall be assigned to a participating plan that includes the enrollee's current adult day health care provider in the MMP's existing provider network.

c. If more than one participating plan network includes the nursing facility or adult day health care provider used by an enrollee, the enrollee shall be assigned to the participating plan with which he has previously been assigned in the past six months.

d. If the enrollee has no history of previous participating plan assignment, he shall be randomly assigned to a participating plan in which his provider participates.

e. In the absence of the conditions in subdivisions 1 a through 1 d of this section, enrollees shall be preassigned to a participating plan with whom they have previously been assigned within the past six months. The order of assignment shall be first the Medicare plan and secondly the Medicaid participating plan.

2. Utilizing passive enrollment, eligible enrollees shall be notified of their right to select among contracted participating plans no fewer than 60 days prior to the effective date of enrollment.

3. Eligible enrollees shall receive a notice that indicates the participating plan to which they have been preassigned. The notice shall have instructions for the enrollee to contact the department's contracted enrollment facilitator to (i) accept the preassigned participating plan; (ii) actively select a different participating plan that is operating in the enrollee's region; or (iii) to opt out of the program.

An enrollment facilitator is an independent entity contracted with DMAS that (i) enrolls beneficiaries in the plan, (ii) is responsible for the operation and documentation of a toll-free helpline, (iii) educates enrollees about the plan, (iv) assists with and tracks enrollee grievance resolutions, and (v) may market and perform outreach to potential enrollees.

4. If an enrollee does not select a participating plan, he shall be passively enrolled into the preassigned participating plan.

5. Prior to the effective date of their plan enrollment, enrollees who would be passively enrolled shall have the opportunity to opt out and shall receive sufficient notice and information with which to do so.

6. All enrollment effective dates shall be prospective. Enrollment shall be effective the first day of the month following an enrollee's request to enroll, so long as the request is received on or before five days before the end of the month. Active enrollment requests, including requests to change among participating plans, received later than five days before the end of the month shall become effective the first of the second month following the request. Passive enrollment shall be effective not sooner than 60 days after enrollee notification.

7. Disenrollment from participating plans and transfers between participating plans shall be allowed on a month-to-month basis any time during the year; however, coverage for these enrollees shall continue through the end of the month. All disenrollment requests shall be effective the first day of the month following an enrollee's request to disenroll from the CCC program.

8. CMS and DMAS monitor enrollments and disenrollments for both evaluation purposes and for compliance with applicable marketing and enrollment laws, regulations, and CMS policies for the purpose of identifying any inappropriate or illegal marketing practices. As part of this analysis, CMS and DMAS monitor any unusual shifts in enrollment by enrollees identified for passive enrollment into a particular participating plan to a Medicare Advantage plan operated by the same parent organization. If those shifts appear to be due to inappropriate or illegal marketing practices, CMS or DMAS, or both, may require corrective action. Any illegal marketing practices shall be referred to appropriate agencies for investigation.

9. As mutually agreed upon in the three-way contract, CMS and DMAS shall utilize an independent third party entity to facilitate all enrollments into the participating plans.

10. Participating plan enrollments, transfers, and opt-outs shall become effective on the same day for both Medicare and Medicaid. For enrollees who lose Medicaid eligibility during a month, coverage and federal financial participation will continue through the end of the month in which Medicaid eligibility is ended.

12VAC30-121-60. (Reserved.)

12VAC30-121-70. Covered services.

A. CMS and DMAS shall contract with participating plans that demonstrate the capacity to provide directly, or by subcontracting with other qualified entities, the full continuum of medically necessary Medicare and Medicaid covered services to enrollees, in accordance with (i) the MOU; (ii) CMS guidance; (iii) the three-way contract; (iv) 42 CFR Part 422, 42 CFR Part 423, and 42 CFR Part 438; (v) the requirements in the State Plan for Medical Assistance, including any applicable State Plan amendments and § 1915(c) of the Act; (vi) the EDCD Waiver (12VAC30-120-900 et seq.); (vii) 42 USC § 1395y; (viii) Part IX (12VAC30-130-600 et seq.) of 12VAC30-130; (ix) the Americans with Disabilities Act; and (x) the Olmstead decision (Olmstead v. L.C. (98-536) 527 U.S. 581 (1999)). Furthermore, as set out in 42 CFR 440.230, services shall be sufficient in amount, duration, and scope to reasonably achieve their purpose. Participating plans shall be required to provide services in a way that preserves all protections to enrollees and provides enrollees with coverage to at least the same extent provided by Medicare and Medicaid. Where there is overlap between Medicare and Medicaid benefits, coverage and rules shall be delineated in the three-way contract. Participating plans shall be required to abide by the more generous of the applicable Medicare, Medicaid, or the combined Medicare-Medicaid standard.

B. With the exception of those services that are specifically carved out of this program as set out in 12VAC30-121-83, the required covered services shall include:

1. Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part D services.

2. Medically necessary procedures. Participating plans will be responsible for medically necessary procedures, including but not limited to, the following:

a. CPT codes, from the Current Procedural Terminology, Revised 2015, as published by the American Medical Association, billed for dental services performed as a result of a dental accident (i.e., an accident that damages the mouth).

b. Preparation of the mouth for radiation therapy, maxillary or mandibular frenectomy when not related to a dental procedure, orthognathic surgery to attain functional capacity, and surgical services on the hard or soft tissue in the mouth where the main purpose is not to treat or help the teeth and their supporting structures.

c. Anesthesia and hospitalization for medically necessary services.

d. At the option of the MMP, additional flexible dental services for program enrollees.

e. For participants of auxiliary grants, case management services. Although not widely used, this service is included as part of the annual reassessment screening process for assisted living recipients and will be provided under fee-for-service.

3. Acute care services provided under the State Plan for Medical Assistance as found in 12VAC30-50, and further defined by DMAS written regulations, policies, and instructions, except as otherwise modified or excluded in the three-way contract.

4. Covered LTSS provided under the EDCD Waiver, including adult day health care, personal care (agency and consumer-directed options), personal emergency response services with or without medication monitoring, respite care (agency and consumer-directed options), transition coordination, and transition services.

5. The integrated formulary for prescription drugs, including Medicaid-covered drugs that are excluded by Medicare Part D. Participating plans shall also cover drugs covered by Medicare Part A and Part B. In all respects, unless stated otherwise in the MOU or the three-way contract, Medicare Part D requirements continue to apply.

6. Nursing facility services as defined in 42 CFR 440.40. Skilled nursing level care may be provided in a long-term care facility without a preceding acute care inpatient stay for enrollees enrolled in the program when the provision of this level of care can avert the need for an inpatient hospital stay.

7. Participating plans shall be permitted to use and reimburse telehealth for Medicare and Medicaid services as an innovative, cost effective means to decrease hospital admissions, reduce emergency department visits, address disparities in care, increase access, and increase timely interventions. Participating plans shall also encourage the use of telehealth to promote community living and improve access to behavioral health services. Participating plans shall be permitted to use telehealth in rural and urban settings and reimburse for store-and-forward applications. Participating plans shall also have the ability to cover remote patient monitoring. All telehealth and remote patient monitoring activities shall be compliant with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements and as further set out in the three-way contract.

For the purposes of this section:

a. "Store-and-forward" means when prerecorded images, such as x-rays, video clips, and photographs, are captured and then forwarded to and retrieved, viewed, and assessed by a provider at a later time. Some common applications include (i) teledermatology, where digital pictures of a skin problem are transmitted and assessed by a dermatologist; (ii) teleradiology, where x-ray images are sent to and read by a radiologist; and (iii) teleretinal imaging, where images are sent to and evaluated by an ophthalmologist to assess for diabetic retinopathy; and

b. "Telehealth" means the real time or near real time two-way transfer of data and information using an interactive audio and video connection for the purposes of medical diagnosis and treatment.

8. Health risk assessments.

a. Each enrollee shall receive and be an active participant in a timely, comprehensive assessment completed by the participating plan's care management team. All health risk assessment tools are subject to approval by DMAS. Assessment domains shall include the following: medical, psychosocial, functional, cognitive, and behavioral health. Relevant and comprehensive data sources, including the enrollee, providers, family, caregivers, and additional significant others as may be designated by the enrollee, shall be used by the participating plans in order to thoroughly complete the assessment.

b. During the first year of the program, any enrollee meeting any one of the following criteria shall receive a health risk assessment to be completed no later than 60 days from the onset of the enrollee's enrollment:

(1) Individuals enrolled in the EDCD Waiver;

(2) Individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities;

(3) Individuals with cognitive or memory problems (e.g., dementia or traumatic brain injury);

(4) Individuals with physical or sensory disabilities;

(5) Individuals residing in nursing facilities;

(6) Individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses;

(7) Individuals with end stage renal disease; and

(8) Individuals with complex or multiple chronic health conditions.

c. During the first year of the program and for all other enrollees, health risk assessments shall be conducted within 90 days of enrollment.

d. Health risk assessments for individuals enrolled in the EDCD Waiver and for individuals residing in nursing facilities shall be conducted face to face. The health risk assessments for individuals residing in nursing facilities shall also incorporate the MDS.

e. During subsequent years of the program, individuals enrolled in the EDCD Waiver shall receive a health risk assessment within 30 days of enrollment and all other enrollees shall receive a health risk assessment within 60 days of enrollment.

12VAC30-121-73. Level of care determinations.

A. Initial level of care (LOC) determinations shall be conducted by hospitals and local preadmission screening teams as defined in § 32.1-330 of the Code of Virginia.

B. Participating plans shall ensure that LOC annual reassessments are conducted timely for EDCD Waiver participants (minimum within 365 days of the last annual reassessment or as the participant's needs change). Participating plans shall conduct annual face-to-face assessments for continued nursing facility LOC eligibility requirements for the EDCD Waiver.

C. The plans shall establish criteria including health status changes (i.e., the triggering events that precipitate a need for reassessment, including a change in the ability to perform activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living) for reassessments to be performed prior to the reassessment.

D. The LOC annual reassessment shall include all the elements required by the three-way contract for enrollees who are in the EDCD Waiver.

E. LOC annual reassessments for EDCD Waiver enrollees shall be performed by providers with the following qualifications: (i) a registered nurse (RN) licensed in Virginia with at least one year of experience as an RN; (ii) a social worker licensed in Virginia; or (iii) an individual who holds at least a bachelor's degree in a health or human services field and has at least two years of experience working with individuals who are elderly or have disabilities, or both.

F. Participating plans shall ensure that quarterly and annual assessments are conducted timely for nursing facility residents based on the MDS process and shall work cooperatively with nursing facilities to provide information regarding the completion of the assessments for continued nursing facility placement.

G. Participating plans shall communicate annual LOC reassessment data for EDCD Waiver enrollees and nursing facility residents to DMAS according to requirements in the three-way contract.

12VAC30-121-75. Plans of care.

A. Participating plans shall develop a person-centered plan of care (POC) for each enrollee. The POC shall be tailored to the individual enrollee's needs and be agreed to and signed by the enrollee or the enrollee's employer of record. An employer of record is the person who performs the functions of the employer in the consumer-directed model of service delivery and may be the individual enrolled in the waiver, a family member, caregiver, or other person.

B. Participating plans shall implement a person-centered and culturally competent POC development process. Participating plans shall also develop a process that will incorporate but not duplicate targeted case management for applicable enrollees.

C. During the first year of the CCC program, participating plans shall ensure that plans of care for all enrollees are completed within 90 days of the enrollee's enrollment. Participating plans shall honor all existing plans of care and service authorizations until the authorization ends or 180 days from an enrollee's enrollment, whichever is sooner. For EDCD Waiver individuals, the plan of care shall be developed and implemented by the participating plan no later than the end date of any existing service authorization.

D. During subsequent years of the program, participating plans shall ensure that plans of care are developed within the following timeframes:

1. Within 30 days of enrollment for EDCD Waiver participants;

2. Within 60 days of enrollment for vulnerable subpopulations (excluding EDCD Waiver participants); and

3. Within 90 days of enrollment for all other enrollees.

E. Participating plans shall incorporate information from the Uniform Assessment Instrument and the LOC determinations into the POCs for individuals in the EDCD Waiver.

F. Participating plans shall develop a process for obtaining nursing facility MDS data and incorporating that information into the POC. Participating plans shall ensure that nursing facility residents who wish to move to the community will be referred to the preadmission screening teams or the MFP program. If the individual enrolls in the MFP program, he will be disenrolled from the CCC program.

G. Participating plans shall develop a process for addressing health, safety (including minimizing risk), and welfare of the enrollee in the POC.

H. The POC shall contain the following:

1. Prioritized list of enrollee's concerns, needs, and strengths;

2. Attainable goals, outcome measures, and target dates selected by the enrollee or caregiver, or both;

3. Strategies and actions, including interventions and services to be implemented, the providers responsible for specific interventions and services, and the frequency of the interventions and strategies;

4. Progress noting success, barriers, or obstacles;

5. Enrollee's informal support network and services;

6. Back up plans as appropriate for EDCD Waiver enrollees using personal care and respite services in the event that the scheduled provider or providers are unable to provide services;

7. Determined need and plan to access community resources and noncovered services;

8. Enrollee choice of services (including consumer direction) and service providers; and

9. Elements included in the DMAS-97AB form, (which can be downloaded from https://www.virginiamedicaid.dmas.virginia.gov/wps/portal) for individuals enrolled in the EDCD Waiver.

I. Participating plans shall ensure that reassessments and POC reviews are conducted:

1. By the POC anniversary for vulnerable subpopulations (excluding EDCD Waiver participants and nursing facility residents) and all other enrollees;

2. By the POC anniversary, not to exceed 365 days for EDCD Waiver enrollees (must be face to face); and

3. Following MDS guidelines and timeframes for quarterly and annual POC development for nursing facility residents.

J. Participating plans shall ensure that POCs are revised based on triggering events, such as hospitalizations or significant changes in health or functional status.

12VAC30-121-78. Interdisciplinary care team.

A. For each enrollee, participating plans shall support an interdisciplinary care team (ICT) to ensure the integration of the enrollee's medical, behavioral health, substance abuse/use, LTSS, and social needs. The team's focus shall be person centered, built on the enrollee's specific preferences and needs, and deliver services with transparency, individualization, respect, linguistic and cultural competency, and dignity.

B. Participating plans ICTs shall employ both medical and social models of care, as appropriate for the enrollee's documented needs.

C. Participating plan members of the team shall agree to participate in approved training on the person-centered planning processes, cultural competency, accessibility and accommodations, independent living and recovery, Americans with Disabilities Act/Olmstead requirements, and wellness principles, along with other required training as specified by the Commonwealth. Participating plans shall offer training to additional members of the team such as primary care providers and specialists, as appropriate.

D. If an enrollee is receiving targeted case management services, the participating plans shall develop a mechanism to include the targeted case manager as a member of the ICT.

E. If an enrollee is identified to be eligible to transition into the community through the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement (Case: 3:12-CV-00059-JAG, available at http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/settlement/FullAgreement.pdf), the participating plan's ICT shall collaborate with the locality's community services board (CSB) or behavioral health authority, as appropriate, and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to successfully transition the enrollee into the community. The enrollee's CSB case manager shall participate as a part of the participating plan's ICT to monitor the enrollee's service needs. If the enrollee transitions into either the Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Waiver or Developmental Disability Waiver, the enrollee shall be disenrolled from the CCC program. If the enrollee transitions to the EDCD Waiver, the enrollee may remain in the CCC program.

12VAC30-121-80. Requirements for care coordination.

A. The participating plan shall provide person-centered care management functions for all enrollees.

B. All enrollees shall have access to the following supports depending on their needs and preferences; however, care management for vulnerable subpopulations shall include the items described in subdivisions 6 through 12 of this subsection:

1. A single, toll-free point of contact for all questions;

2. Ability to develop, maintain, and monitor the POC;

3. Assurance that referrals result in timely appointments;

4. Communication and education regarding available services and community resources;

5. Assistance developing self-management skills to effectively access and use services;

6. Assistance in receiving needed medical and behavioral health services, preventive services, medications, LTSS, social services, and enhanced benefits; this includes (i) setting up appointments, (ii) in-person contacts as appropriate, (iii) strong working relationships between care managers and physicians; (iv) evidence-based enrollee education programs, and (v) arranging transportation as needed;

7. Monitoring of functional and health status;

8. Seamless transitions of care across specialties and care settings;

9. Assurance that enrollees with disabilities have effective communication with health care providers and participate in making decisions with respect to treatment options;

10. Connecting enrollees to services that promote community living and help avoid premature or unnecessary nursing facility placements;

11. Coordination with social service agencies (e.g., local departments of health, local departments of social services, and community services boards) and referrals for enrollees to state, local, and other community resources; and

12. Collaboration with nursing facilities to promote adoption of evidence-based interventions to reduce avoidable hospitalizations and to include management of chronic conditions, medication optimization, prevention of falls and pressure ulcers, and coordination of services beyond the scope of the nursing facility benefit.

C. Participating plans shall develop innovative arrangements to provide care management such as:

1. Partnering or contracting, or both, with entities, such as community services boards, adult day care centers, and nursing facilities, that currently perform care management and offer support services to individuals eligible for the program;

2. Medical homes;

3. Sub-capitation, such as payment arrangement where the MMP pays its contracted providers on a capitated basis rather than a fee-for-service basis;

4. Shared savings; and

5. Performance incentives.

D. Participating plans and DMAS shall collaborate to avoid duplication of care management services provided under the program.

E. Participating plans shall be required to use one statewide F/EA to manage the F/EA services for individuals using consumer direction. The F/EA, or fiscal/employer agent, is an organization (i) operating under § 3504 of the IRS Code, IRS Revenue Procedure 70-6, and IRS Notice 2003-70 and (ii) that has a separate federal employer identification number used for the sole purpose of filing federal employment tax forms and payments on behalf of program enrollees who are receiving consumer-directed services.

12VAC30-121-83. Carved out services.

A. Carved-out services are the subset of Medicaid and Medicare covered services for which the participating plan shall not be fiscally responsible under the CCC program.

B. The services are carved out services of the CCC program and are provided under the fee-for-service system:

1. Abortions, induced (this service shall be provided under limited circumstances, e.g., when the life of the mother is endangered);

2. Targeted case management services; and

3. Dental services (in limited cases).

12VAC30-121-85. Flexible benefits.

A. Flexible benefits are those that participating plans may elect to offer to their enrollees.

B. Examples of such benefits are (i) annual physical examinations, (ii) meal benefits, (iii) preventive and comprehensive dental services for adults, (iv) eye examinations, (v) prescription eyeglasses, (vi) hearing examinations, (vii) hearing aids, and (viii) reduced or eliminated drug co-pays.

12VAC30-121-90. Capitation payment rates.

A. Capitation rates and payment rules shall be established in the MOU and three-way contract and may be adjusted by state or federal regulatory changes.

B. If other state or federal statutory changes enacted after the annual baseline determination and rate development process are jointly determined by CMS and DMAS to have a material change in baseline estimates for any given payment year, baseline estimates and corresponding standardized payment rates shall be updated outside of the annual rate development process.

C. Any and all costs incurred by the participating plan in excess of the capitation payment shall be borne in full by the plan.

D. Additional costs shall not be balance billed to the plan's enrollees.

E. Out-of-network reimbursement rules.

1. In an urgent or emergency situation, participating plans shall reimburse an out-of-network provider of emergency or urgent care at the Medicare or Medicaid FFS rate applicable for that service, or as otherwise required under Medicare Advantage rules for Medicare services. For example, where this service would traditionally be covered under Medicare FFS, the participating plan shall pay out-of-network providers the lesser of provider charges or the Medicare FFS.

2. During the 180-day transition period as outlined in the MOU, the participating plan shall honor existing service authorization timeframes and continue to provide access to the same services and providers at the same levels and rates of Medicare or Medicaid FFS payment (not to exceed 180 days) as enrollees were receiving prior to entering the participating plan.

3. Beyond this 180-day period, the participating plan will be required to offer single-case out-of-network agreements to providers that are currently serving enrollees and are willing to continue serving them at the participating plan's in-network payment rate, but are not willing to accept new patients or enroll in the participating plan's network.

12VAC30-121-100. (Reserved.)

12VAC30-121-110. Cost sharing requirements.

A. For the purposes of this section, "cost sharing" means copayments, coinsurance, or deductibles paid by an enrollee when receiving medical services.

B. Participating plans shall not charge a Medicare Part C or Part D premium nor assess any cost sharing for Medicare Part A and Part B services.

C. For drugs and pharmacy products (including those covered by both Medicare Part D and Medicaid), participating plans shall be permitted to charge co-pays to enrollees currently eligible to make such payments consistent with co-pays applicable for Medicare and Medicaid drugs, respectively. Co-pays charged by participating plans for Part D drugs shall not exceed the applicable amounts for brand and generic drugs established yearly by CMS under the Part D Low Income Subsidy.

D. Patient pay requirements, which are applicable to long-term care services, shall be detailed in the contract between CMS, DMAS, and the participating plans.

E. Participating plans shall not assess any cost sharing for DMAS services, beyond the pharmacy cost sharing amounts allowed under Medicaid coverage rules.

F. No enrollee may be balance billed by any provider for any reason for covered services or flexible benefits (see 12VAC30-121-90).

12VAC30-121-120. (Reserved.)

12VAC30-121-130. Access standards.

A. Participating plans shall have the capacity to provide, directly or by subcontracting with other qualified entities, the full continuum of Medicare and Medicaid covered services to enrollees, in accordance with the MOU, CMS guidance, and the three-way contract.

B. Network adequacy. State Medicaid standards shall be utilized for long-term services and supports or for other services for which Medicaid is exclusively responsible for payment, and Medicare standards shall be utilized for pharmacy benefits and for other services for which Medicare is primary, unless applicable Medicaid standards for such services are more stringent. Home health and durable medical equipment requirements, as well as any other services for which Medicaid and Medicare may overlap, shall be subject to the more stringent of the applicable Medicare and Medicaid standards.

C. Participating plans shall ensure that they maintain a network of providers that is sufficient in number, mix of primary care and specialty providers, and geographic distribution to meet the complex and diverse needs of the anticipated number of enrollees in the service area as defined by CMS for Medicare and defined by DMAS for Medicaid.

D. For services for which Medicaid is the traditional primary payer (including LTSS and community mental health and substance abuse services), each enrollee shall have a choice of at least two providers of each covered service type located within no more than 30 minutes travel time from any enrollee in urban areas unless the participating plan has a DMAS-approved alternative time standard. Travel time shall be determined based on driving during normal traffic conditions (i.e., not during commuting hours).

E. The participating plan shall ensure that each enrollee shall have a choice of at least two providers of each covered service type located within no more than 60 minutes travel time from any enrollee in rural areas unless the participating plan has a DMAS-approved alternative time standard.

F. DMAS shall require contractual agreements between nursing facilities and participating plans. Participating plans shall be required to contract with any nursing facility that is eligible to participate in Medicare and Medicaid and is willing to accept the participating plan payment rates and contract requirements for the time duration of the demonstration period. Participating plans shall make payments for services directly to nursing facilities.

G. For any covered services for which Medicare requires a more rigorous network adequacy standard than Medicaid (including time, distance, or minimum number of providers or facilities), the participating plan shall meet the Medicare requirements.

12VAC30-121-140. Medicare-Medicaid plans having low performance.

A. As long as the MMP is determined by DMAS to meet all plan selection requirements in the three-way contract, an interested organization that (i) is an outlier in the CMS past performance analysis for the upcoming contract year, (ii) has a low performance indicator (LPI) on the Medicare Plan Finder website for the upcoming year, or (iii) both may still qualify to offer CCC program services.

B. Such MMPs shall not be eligible to receive new enrollees (via passive enrollment) until the MMP is either (i) no longer considered by CMS to be a past performance outlier or (ii) no longer has an LPI on the Medicare Plan Finder.

C. CMS or DMAS, or both, shall determine if an MMP is eligible to accept passive enrollment prior to the scheduled date of execution of the three-way contract.

D. An MMP that is ineligible to receive passive enrollment shall only be able to enroll (i) individuals who are currently enrolled in another Medicare or Medicaid managed care plan sponsored by the same organization and (ii) individuals who opt in to the organization's MMP.

12VAC30-121-145. Sanctions for noncompliance.

A. DMAS may impose intermediate sanctions, which may include any of the types described in subsection C of this section, or terminate the MMP's contract if the MMP:

1. Fails substantially to provide medically necessary items and services that are required under law or under the MMP's contract with DMAS to be provided under the contract;

2. Imposes premiums or charges on enrollees in excess of the premiums or charges permitted under this chapter;

3. Acts to discriminate among enrollees on the basis of their health status or requirements for health care services, including expulsion or refusal to reenroll an individual, except as permitted by this chapter, or engages in any practice that would reasonably be expected to have the effect of denying or discouraging enrollment with the organization by eligible individuals whose medical conditions or histories indicate a need for substantial future medical services;

4. Misrepresents or falsifies information that is furnished to either:

a. The Secretary or DMAS under this chapter; or

b. To an enrollee, potential enrollee, or a health care provider under this chapter; or

5. Fails to comply with the applicable requirements of 42 USC § 1396b(m)(2)(A)(x).

B. DMAS may also impose such intermediate sanction against an MMP if DMAS determines that the MMP distributed directly or through any agent or independent contractor marketing materials in violation of 12VAC30-121-250.

C. The sanctions shall be as follows:

1. Civil money penalties.

a. Except as provided in subdivision 1 b, 1 c, or 1 d of this subsection, not more than $25,000 for each determination under subsection A of this section.

b. With respect to a determination under subdivision A 3 or A 4 a of this section, not more than $100,000 for each such determination.

c. With respect to a determination under subdivision A 2 of this section, double the excess amount charged in violation, and the excess amount charged shall be deducted from the penalty and returned to the individual concerned.

d. Subject to subsection 1 b of this subsection, with respect to a determination under subdivision A 3 of this section, $15,000 for each individual not enrolled as a result of a practice described in subdivision A 3.

2. The appointment of temporary management.

a. To oversee the operation of the MMP upon a finding by DMAS that there is continued egregious behavior by the organization or there is a substantial risk to the health of enrollees;

b. To assure the health of the organization's enrollees if there is a need for temporary management while there is an orderly termination or reorganization of the organization; or

c. To make improvements to remedy the violations found under subsection A of this section except that temporary management under this subdivision 2 may not be terminated until DMAS has determined that the MMP has the capability to ensure that the violations shall not recur.

3. Requiring the MMP (i) to permit individuals enrolled with the MMP to terminate enrollment without cause and (ii) to notify such individuals of such right to terminate enrollment.

4. Suspension or default of all enrollment of individuals under this chapter after the date the Secretary or DMAS notifies the MMP of a determination of a violation of any requirement of 42 USC § 1396b(m) or this section.

5. Suspension of payment to the entity under this chapter for individuals enrolled after the date the Secretary or DMAS notifies the MMP of such a determination and until the Secretary or DMAS is satisfied that the basis for such determination has been corrected and is not likely to recur.

12VAC30-121-150. Continuity of care.

A. As provided by the MOU and the three-way contract, participating plans shall be required to provide or arrange for all medically necessary services, whether by subcontract or by single-case agreement, in order to meet the health care and support needs of their enrollees.

B. Participating plans shall allow enrollees to maintain their current Medicaid providers (including out-of-network providers) for up to 180 days from enrollment. Participating plans shall also allow enrollees to maintain their previously authorized Medicaid services, including frequency and payment rate, for the duration of the prior authorization or for 180 days from enrollment, whichever is less. This shall not apply to enrollees residing in a nursing facility on the date of each region's program implementation.

C. Enrollees in nursing facilities at the time of program implementation may remain in the facility, or move to another nursing facility, as long as they continue to meet DMAS criteria for nursing facility care. In order to move to another nursing facility, the enrollee or his family, or both as may be appropriate, has to agree to the move.

D. During the 180-day period specified in subsection B of this section, change from an existing Medicaid provider can only occur in the following circumstances:

1. The enrollee requests a change;

2. The provider chooses to discontinue providing services to an enrollee as currently allowed by Medicare or Medicaid;

3. The participating plan, CMS, or DMAS identifies provider performance issues that affect the enrollee's health and welfare; or

4. The provider is excluded from participation in Medicare and Medicaid under state or federal exclusion requirements pursuant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General List of Excluded Individuals or Entities (LEIE) website. Immediately report in writing to DMAS any exclusion information discovered to (i) DMAS, ATTN: Program Integrity/Exclusions, 600 East Broad Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA 23219 or (ii) providerexclusion@dmas.virginia.gov.

E. Out-of-network reimbursement rules. See 12VAC30-121-90 for requirements for out-of-network reimbursement.

12VAC30-121-160. (Reserved.)

12VAC30-121-170. Model of care.

A. For the purposes of this section, "model of care" or "MOC" means a comprehensive plan that (i) describes the plan's population; (ii) identifies measurable goals for providing high quality care and improving the health of the enrolled population; (iii) describes the plan's staff structure and care management roles; (iv) describes the interdisciplinary care team and the system for disseminating the model of care to plan staff and network providers; and (v) contains other information designed to ensure that the plans provide services that meet the needs of enrollees.

B. All participating plans in partnership with contracted providers shall implement an evidence-based model of care. Participating plans shall meet all CMS MOC standards for Special Needs Plans as well as additional requirements established in the contract by the Commonwealth. The Virginia-specific MOC elements are in addition to CMS elements; likewise, the CMS and DMAS reviews and approvals are separate processes. Participating plans shall obtain approvals from both CMS and DMAS before a MOC is considered final and approved.

C. Participating plans shall be permitted to cure problems with their MOC submissions after their initial submissions. Participating plans with MOCs scoring below 85% shall have the opportunity to improve their scores based on CMS and DMAS feedback on the elements and factors that require improvement. At the end of the review process, MOCs that do not meet CMS standards for approval will not be eligible for selection as participating plans. CMS standards for approval are issued to the states and made available on the DMAS website at http://www.dmas.virginia.gov/Content_atchs/altc/altc-fp1.pdf.

12VAC30-121-180. (Reserved.)

12VAC30-121-190. State fair hearing process.

A. Notwithstanding the provisions of 12VAC30-110-10 through 12VAC30-110-370, the provisions of this section govern state fair hearings for individuals enrolled in the CCC program.

B. The Appeals Division maintains an appeals and fair hearings system for enrollees (also referred to as appellants) to challenge appeal decisions rendered by participating plans in response to enrollee appeals of actions related to Medicaid services. Exhaustion of the participating plan's appeals process is a prerequisite to filing for a state fair hearing with the department. Appellants who meet criteria for a state fair hearing shall be entitled to a hearing before a department hearing officer.

C. The participating plan shall conduct an internal appeal hearing, pursuant to 42 CFR Part 431 Subpart E, 42 CFR Part 438, and 12VAC30-110-10 through 12VAC30-110-370, and issue a written decision that includes its findings and information regarding the appellant's right to file an appeal with DMAS for a state fair hearing for Medicaid appeals.

D. Enrollees must be notified in writing of the participating plan's internal appeals process:

1. At the time of the request for services;

2. With the evidence of coverage; and

3. Upon receipt of a notice of action from the participating plan.

E. Enrollees must be notified in writing of their right to an external appeal upon receipt of the participating plan's internal appeal decision.

F. An appellant shall have the right to representation by an attorney or other individual of his choice at all stages of an appeal.

1. For those appellants who wish to have a representative, a representative shall be designated in a written statement that is signed by the appellant whose Medicaid benefits were adversely affected. If the appellant is physically unable to sign a written statement, the division shall allow a family member or other person acting on the appellant's behalf to be the representative. If the appellant is mentally unable to sign a written statement, the division shall require written documentation that a family member or other person has been appointed or designated as his legal representative.

2. If the representative is an attorney or a paralegal working under the supervision of an attorney, a signed statement by such attorney or paralegal that he is authorized to represent the appellant prepared on the attorney's letterhead shall be accepted as a designation of representation.

3. A member of the same law firm as a designated representative shall have the same rights as the designated representative.

4. An appellant may revoke representation by another person at any time. The revocation is effective when the department receives written notice from the appellant.

G. Anywritten ] communication from an enrollee or his representative that clearly expresses that he wants to present his case to a reviewing authority shall constitute an appeal request.

1. This communication should explain the basis for the appeal of the participating plan's internal appeal decision.

2. The enrollee or his representative may examine witnesses or documents, or both; provide testimony; submit evidence; and advance relevant arguments during the hearing.

H. Appeals to the state fair hearing process shall be made to the DMAS Appeals Divisionin writing, with the exception of expedited appeals, and may be made ] via U.S. mail, fax transmission,hand delivery telephone, email ],in person, ] orthrough other commonly available ] electronictransmission means ].

I. Expedited appeals referenced in subsection L of this section may be filed by telephone, or any of the methods set forth in subsection H of this section.

J. Participating plans shall continue benefits while the participating plan's appeal or the state fair hearing is pending when all of the following criteria are met:

1. The enrollee or representative files the appeal within 10 calendar days of the mail date of the participating plan's internal appeal decision;

2. The appeal involves the termination, suspension, or reduction of a previously authorized course of treatment;

3. The services were ordered by an authorized provider;

4. The original period covered by the initial authorization has not expired; and

5. The enrollee requests continuation of benefits.

K. After the final resolution and if the final resolution of the appeal is adverse to the enrollee (e.g., participating plan's internal appeal is upheld), the participating plan may recover the costs of services furnished to the enrollee while the appeal was pending, to the extent they were furnished solely because of the pending appeal.

L. The department shall maintain an expedited process for appeals when an appellant's treating provider certifies that taking the time for a standard resolution could seriously jeopardize the enrollee's life or health or ability to attain, maintain, or regain maximum function. Expedited appeal decisions shall be issued as expeditiously as the enrollee's health condition requires, but no later than three business days after the agency receives a fair hearing request on an appeal decision to uphold denial of a service that it determines meets the criteria for expedited resolution.

12VAC30-121-195. Appeal timeframes.

A. Appeals to the Medicaid state fair hearing process must be filed with the DMAS Appeals Division within 60 days of the date of the participating plan's internal appeal decision, unless the time period is extended by DMAS upon a finding of good cause in accordance with state fair hearing regulations.

B. It is presumed that appellants will receive the participating plan's internal appeal decision five days after the participating plan mails it unless the appellant shows that he did not receive the notice within the five-day period.

C. A request for appeal on the grounds that the participating plan has not acted with reasonable promptness in response to an internal appeal request may be filed at any time until the participating plan has acted.

D. The date of filing shall be the date the request is postmarked if mailed, or the date the request is received by the department if delivered other than by mail.

E. Documents postmarked on or before a time limit's expiration shall be accepted as timely.

F. In computing any time period under these regulations, the day of the act or event from which the designated period of time begins to run shall be excluded and the last day included. If a time limit would expire on a Saturday, Sunday, or state or federal holiday, it shall be extended until the next regular business day.

G. An extension of the 60-day period for filing a request for appeal may be granted for good cause shown. Examples of good cause include, but are not limited to, the following situations:

1. Appellant was seriously ill and was prevented by illness from contacting DMAS;

2. The participating plan's decision was not sent to the appellant. The plan may rebut this claim by evidence that the decision was mailed to the appellant's last known address or that the decision was received by the appellant;

3. Appellant sent the request for appeal to another government agency or another division within DMAS that is not the Appeals Division in good faith within the time limit; or

4. Unusual or unavoidable circumstances prevented a timely filing.

H. During the first year of the program, appeals shall be heard and decisions issued within 90 days of the postmark date (if delivered by U.S. mail) or receipt date (if delivered by any method other than U.S. mail).

I. The timeframes for issuing decisions will change to 75 days (during the second year of the program), and 30 days (during the third year of the program and thereafter).

J. Exceptions to standard appeal resolution timeframes. Decisions may be issued beyond the standard appeal resolution timeframes when the appellant or his representative requests or causes a delay. Decisions may also be issued beyond the standard appeal resolution timeframe when any of the following circumstances exist:

1. The appellant or representative requests to reschedule or continue the hearing;

2. The appellant or representative provides good cause for failing to keep a scheduled hearing appointment, and the Appeals Division reschedules the hearing;

3. Inclement weather, unanticipated system outage, or the department's closure that prevents the hearing officer's ability to work;

4. Following a hearing, the hearing officer orders an independent medical assessment as described in 12VAC30-121-210;

5. The hearing officer leaves the hearing record open after the hearing in order to receive additional evidence or argument from the appellant;

6. The hearing officer receives additional evidence from a person other than the appellant or his representative and the appellant requests to comment on such evidence in writing or to have the hearing reconvened to respond to such evidence; or

7. The Appeals Division determines that there is a need for additional information and documents how the delay is in the appellant's best interest.

K. For delays requested or caused by an appellant or his representative the delay date for the decision will be calculated as follows:

1. If an appellant or representative requests or causes a delay within 30 days of the request for a hearing, the 90-day time limit will be extended by the number of days from the date when the first hearing was scheduled until the date to which the hearing is rescheduled.

2. If an appellant or representative requests or causes a delay within 31 to 60 days of the request for a hearing, the 90-day time limit will be extended by 1.5 times the number of days from the date when the first hearing was scheduled until the date to which the hearing is rescheduled.

3. If an appellant or representative requests or causes a delay within 61 to 90 days of the request for a hearing, the 90-day time limit will be extended by two times the number of days from the date when the first hearing was scheduled until the date to which the hearing is rescheduled.

L. Post hearing delays requested or caused by an appellant or representative (e.g., requests for the record to be left open) will result in a day-for-day delay for the decision date. The department shall provide the appellant and representative with written notice of the reason for the decision delay and the delayed decision date, if applicable.

12VAC30-121-200. Prehearing decisions.

A. If the Appeals Division determines that any of the conditions as described in this subsection exist, a hearing will not be held, and the appeal process shall be terminated.

1. A request for appeal may be invalidated if:

a. It was not filed within the time limit imposed by 12VAC30-121-195 or extended pursuant to 12VAC30-121-195 J, and the hearing officer sends a letter to the appellant for an explanation as to why the appeal request was not filed timely, and

(1) The appellant did not reply to the hearing officer's request within 10 calendar days for an explanation that met good cause criteria, or

(2) The appellant did reply and the hearing officer had sufficient facts to determine that the reply did not meet good cause criteria pursuant to 12VAC30-121-195.

b. The individual who filed the appeal (filer) is not the appellant, or parent of a minor appellant, and the hearing officer sends a letter to the filer requesting proof of his authority to appeal on behalf of the appellant, and

(1) The filer did not reply to the hearing officer's request for authorization to represent the appellant within 10 calendar days, or

(2) The filer did reply and the hearing officer determined that the authorization submitted was insufficient to allow the filer to represent the appellant under the provisions of 12VAC30-121-190 F.

2. A request for appeal may be administratively dismissed if:

a. The participating plan's internal appeals process was not exhausted prior to the enrollee's request for a state fair hearing;

b. The issue of the appeal is not related to the participating plan's internal appeal decision;

c. The action being appealed was not taken by DMAS or the participating plan;

d. The services denied or terminated were Medicare covered services; or

e. The sole issue is a federal or state law requiring an automatic change adversely affecting some or all beneficiaries.

3. An appeal case may be closed if:

a. The Appeals Division schedules a hearing and sends a written schedule letter notifying the appellant or his representative of the date, time, and location of the hearing; the appellant or his representative failed to appear at the scheduled hearing; and the hearing officer sends a letter to the appellant for an explanation as to why he failed to appear, and

(1) The appellant did not reply to the hearing officer's request within 10 calendar days for an explanation that met good cause criteria, or

(2) The appellant did reply and the hearing officer determined that the reply did not meet good cause criteria.

b. The Appeals Division sends a written schedule letter requesting that the appellant or his representative provide a telephone number at which he can be reached for a telephonic hearing, and the appellant or his representative failed to respond within 10 calendar days to the hearing officer's request for a telephone number at which he could be reached for a telephonic hearing.

c. The appellant or his representative withdraws the appeal requestin writing ].If the appeal request is withdrawn orally, the Appeals Division shall (i) record the individual's statement and telephonic signature and (ii) send the affected individual written confirmation, via regular mail or electronic notification, in accordance with the individual's election. ]

d. The participating plan approves the full amount, duration, and scope of services requested.

e. The evidence in the record shows that the participating plan's decision was clearly in error and that the case should be fully resolved in the appellant's favor.

B. The appellant shall have no opportunity to seek judicial review except in cases where the hearing officer receives and analyzes a response from the appellant or representative as described in subdivisions A 1 a (2), A 1 b (2), and A 3 a (2), and subsection C of this section.

C. Remand to the participating plan. If the hearing officer determines from the record, without conducting a hearing, that the case might be resolved in the appellant's favor if the participating plan obtains and develops additional information, documentation, or verification, the hearing officer may remand the case to the participating plan for action consistent with the hearing officer's written instructions pursuant to 12VAC30-121-210 I.

D. A letter shall be sent to the appellant or his representative that explains the determination made on his appeal.

12VAC30-121-210. Hearing process and final decision.

A. All hearings must be scheduled at a reasonable time, date, and place, and the appellant and his representative shall be notified in writing at least 15 days before the hearing.

1. The hearing location will be determined by the Appeals Division.

2. A hearing shall be rescheduled at the appellant's request no more than twice unless compelling reasons exist.

3. Rescheduling the hearing at the appellant's request will result in automatic waiver of the 90-day (or 75-day or 30-day) deadline for resolution of the appeal. The delay date for the decision will be calculated as set forth in 12VAC30-121-195 K.

B. The hearing shall be conducted by one or more hearing officers or other impartial individuals who have not been directly involved in the initial determination of the action in question or in the participating plan's appeal decision process. The hearing officer shall review the complete record for all participating plan decisions that are properly appealed, conduct informal, fact-gathering hearings, evaluate evidence presented, research the issues, and render a written final decision.

C. Subject to the requirements of all applicable federal and state laws regarding privacy, confidentiality, disclosure, and personally identifiable information, the appeal record shall be made accessible to the appellant and representative at a convenient place and time before the date of the hearing, as well as during the hearing. The appellant and his representative may examine the content of the appellant's case file and all documents and records the department will rely on at the hearing except those records excluded by law.

D. Appellants who require the attendance of witnesses or the production of records, memoranda, papers, and other documents at the hearing may request in writing the issuance of a subpoena. The request must be received by the department at least 10 working days before the scheduled hearing. Such request shall (i) include the witness's or respondent's name, home and work addresses, county or city of work and residence, and (ii) identify the sheriff's office that will serve the subpoena.

E. The hearing officer shall conduct the hearing; decide on questions of evidence, procedure, and law; question witnesses; and assure that the hearing remains relevant to the issue or issues being appealed. The hearing officer shall control the conduct of the hearing and decide who may participate in or observe the hearing.

F. Hearings shall be conducted in an informal, nonadversarial manner. The appellant or his representative shall have the right to bring witnesses, establish all pertinent facts and circumstances; present an argument without undue interference, and question or refute the testimony or evidence, including the opportunity to confront and cross-examine agency representatives.

G. The rules of evidence shall not strictly apply. All relevant, nonrepetitive evidence may be admitted, but the probative weight of the evidence will be evaluated by the hearing officer.

H. The hearing officer may leave the hearing record open for a specified period of time after the hearing in order to receive additional evidence or argument from the appellant or his representative.

1. The hearing officer may order an independent medical assessment when the appeal involves medical issues, such as a diagnosis, an examining physician's report, or a medical review team's decision, and the hearing officer determines that it is necessary to have an assessment by someone other than the person or team who made the original decision (e.g., to obtain more detailed medical findings about the impairments, to obtain technical or specialized medical information, or to resolve conflicts or differences in medical findings or assessments in the existing evidence). A medical assessment ordered pursuant to this regulation shall be at the department's expense and shall become part of the record.

2. The hearing officer may receive evidence that was not presented by either party if the record indicates that such evidence exists, and the appellant or his representative requests to submit it or requests that the hearing officer secure it.

3. If the hearing officer receives additional evidence from an entity other than the appellant or his representative, the hearing officer shall send a copy of such evidence to the appellant and his representative and give the appellant or his representative the opportunity to comment on such evidence in writing or to have the hearing reconvened to respond to such evidence.

4. Any additional evidence received will become a part of the hearing record, but the hearing officer must determine whether or not it will be used in making the decision.

I. After conducting the hearing, reviewing the record, and deciding questions of law, the hearing officer shall issue a written final decision that either sustains or reverses the participating plan's action or remands the case to the participating plan for further evaluation consistent with his written instructions. Some decisions may be a combination of these dispositions. The hearing officer's final decision shall be considered as the department's final administrative action pursuant to 42 CFR 431.244(f). The final decision shall include:

1. Identification of the issue or issues;

2. Relevant facts, to include a description of the procedural development of the case;

3. Conclusions of law, regulations, and policy that relate to the issue or issues;

4. Discussions, analysis of the accuracy of the participating plan's decision, conclusions, and hearing officer's decision;

5. Further action, if any, to be taken by the participating plan to implement the decision;

6. The deadline date by which further action must be taken; and

7. A cover letter informing the appellant and his representative of the hearing officer's decision. The letter must indicate that the hearing officer's decision is final, and that the final decision may be appealed directly to circuit court.

J. A copy of the hearing record shall be forwarded to the appellant and his representative with the final decision.

K. An appellant who disagrees with the hearing officer's final decision described in this section may seek judicial review pursuant to the Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia) and Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Part Two A. Written instructions for requesting judicial review must be provided to the appellant or his representative with the hearing officer's decision, and upon request by the appellant or representative.

12VAC30-121-220. Division appeal records.

A. No person shall take from the division's custody any original record, paper, document, or exhibit that has been certified to the division except as the Appeals Division director or his designee authorizes, or as may be necessary to furnish or transmit copies for other official purposes.

B. Information in the appellant's record can be released only to the appellant, his authorized representative, the participating plan, other entities for official purposes, and other persons named in a release of information authorization signed by an appellant or his representative.

C. The fees to be charged and collected for any copy of division records will be in accordance with Virginia's Freedom of Information Act (§ 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia) or other controlling law.

D. When copies are requested from records in the division's custody, the required fee shall be waived if the copies are requested in connection with an enrollee's own appeal.

12VAC30-121-230. Provider appeals.

A. The Appeals Division maintains an appeal process for enrolled providers of Medicaid services who have rendered services and are requesting to challenge a participating plan's internal appeal of an adverse decision regarding payment. The participating plan's internal appeal process is a prerequisite to filing for an external appeal to the department's appeal process. The appeal process is available to (i) enrolled Medicaid service providers that have rendered services and have been denied payment in whole or part for Medicaid covered services and (ii) enrolled Medicaid service providers who have received a Notice of Program Reimbursement or overpayment demand from the department or its contractors.

B. Department provider appeals shall be conducted in accordance with the department's provider appeal regulations (12VAC30-20-500 et seq.), § 32.1-325 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, and the Virginia Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia).

C. The department's external appeal decision shall be binding upon the participating plan and not subject to further appeal by the participating plan.

D. If the provider is successful in its appeal, then the MMP shall reimburse it for the appealed issue.

12VAC30-121-240. (Reserved.)

12VAC30-121-250. Marketing and enrollee communication standards for participating plans.

A. Participating plans shall be subject to rules governing their marketing and enrollee communications as specified under §§ 1851(h) and 1932(d)(2) of the Social Security Act; 42 CFR 422.111, 42 CFR 422.2260 et seq., 42 CFR 423.120(b) and (c), 42 CFR 423.128, and 42 CFR 423.2260 et seq.; and the Medicare Marketing Guidelines (Chapter 2 of the Medicare Managed Care Manual and Chapter 3 of the Prescription Drug Benefit Manual).

1. Participating plans shall not be allowed to market directly to potential enrollees. Instead, plans may participate in group marketing events, provide general audience materials (such as general circulation brochures, and media and billboard advertisements), and provide responses to individual-initiated requests for enrollment.

2. Participating plans shall receive prior approval of all marketing and enrollee communications materials except those that are exempt pursuant to 42 CFR 422.2262(b) and 42 CFR 423.2262(b).

3. Participating plans shall not begin marketing activity earlier than 90 days prior to the effective date of enrollment for the contract year.

B. At a minimum, participating plans will provide current and prospective enrollees the following materials, subject to the rules regarding content and timing of enrollee receipt as applicable under § 1851(h) of the Social Security Act, 42 CFR 422.111, 42 CFR 422.2260 et seq., 42 CFR 423.120(b) and (c), 42 CFR 423.128, 42 CFR 423.2260 et seq., 42 CFR 438.10, 42 CFR 438.104, the three-way contract, and the Medicare Marketing Guidelines.

C. Notification of formulary changes. The requirement at 42 CFR 423.120(b)(5) that participating plans provide at least 60 days advance notice regarding Medicare Part D formulary changes also applies to participating plans for outpatient prescription or over-the-counter drugs or products covered under Medicaid or as additional benefits.

NOTICE: The following forms used in administering the regulation were filed by the agency. The forms are not being published; however, online users of this issue of the Virginia Register of Regulations may click on the name of a form with a hyperlink to access it. The forms are also available from the agency contact or may be viewed at the Office of the Registrar of Regulations, 900 East Main Street, 11th Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

FORMS (12VAC30-121)

Agency or Consumer Direction Provider Plan of Care, DMAS-97A/B (rev. 3/10)

Commonwealth Coordinated Care Enrollment Application Form

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE (12VAC30-121)

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Commonwealth of Virginia Regarding a Federal-State Partnership to Test a Capitated Financial Alignment Model for Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees (Commonwealth Coordinated Care), signed May 21, 2013

Medical Marketing Guidelines, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, revised June 17, 2014

VA.R. Doc. No. R15-3786; Filed June 19, 2017, 7:55 a.m.
TITLE 12. HEALTH
DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES
Emergency Regulation

Title of Regulation: 12VAC30-80. Methods and Standards for Establishing Payment Rates; Other Types of Care (amending 12VAC30-80-40).

Statutory Authority: § 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 1396 et seq.

Effective Dates: June 16, 2017, through December 15, 2018.

Agency Contact: Emily McClellan, Regulatory Supervisor, Policy Division, Department of Medical Assistance Services, 600 East Broad Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 371-4300, FAX (804) 786-1680, or email emily.mcclellan@dmas.virginia.gov.

Preamble:

Section 2.2-4011 of the Code of Virginia states that agencies may adopt emergency regulations in situations in which Virginia statutory law or the appropriation act or federal law or federal regulation requires that a regulation be effective in 280 days or less from its enactment, and the regulation is not exempt under the provisions of § 2.2-4006 A 4 of the Code of Virginia.

Item 306 OO of Chapter 780 of the 2016 Acts of Assembly (the 2016 Appropriation Act) directed the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to implement a pricing methodology to modify or replace the current pricing methodology for pharmaceutical products as defined in 12VAC30-80-40. The amendments conform the regulation to these requirements and to the federal drug pricing regulation, which was published at 81 FR 5170, requiring states to pay pharmacies based on the drug's ingredient cost, defined as the actual acquisition cost plus a professional dispensing fee.

12VAC30-80-40. Fee-for-service providers: pharmacy.

Payment for pharmacy services (excluding outpatient hospital) shall be the lowest of subdivisions 1 through 5 of this section (except that subdivisions 1 and 2 of this section will not apply when prescriptions are certified as brand necessary by the prescribing physician in accordance with the procedures set forth in 42 CFR 447.512(c) if the brand cost is greater than the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) upper limit of VMAC cost) subject to the conditions, where applicable, set forth in subdivisions 6 and 7 of this section:

1. The upper limit established by the CMS for multiple source drugs pursuant to 42 CFR 447.512 and 447.514, as determined by the CMS Upper Limit List plus a dispensing fee. If the agency provides payment for any drugs on the HCFA Upper Limit List, the payment shall be subject to the aggregate upper limit payment test.

2. The methodology used to reimburse for generic drug products shall be the higher of either (i) the lowest Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC) plus 10% or (ii) the second lowest WAC plus 6.0%. This methodology shall reimburse for products' costs based on a Maximum Allowable Cost (VMAC) list to be established by the single state agency.

a. In developing the maximum allowable reimbursement rate for generic pharmaceuticals, the department or its designated contractor shall:

(1) Identify three different suppliers, including manufacturers that are able to supply pharmaceutical products in sufficient quantities. The drugs considered must be listed as therapeutically and pharmaceutically equivalent in the Food and Drug Administration's most recent version of the Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations (Orange Book). Pharmaceutical products that are not available from three different suppliers, including manufacturers, shall not be subject to the VMAC list.

(2) Identify that the use of a VMAC rate is lower than the Federal Upper Limit (FUL) for the drug. The FUL is a known, widely published price provided by CMS; and

(3) Distribute the list of state VMAC rates to pharmacy providers in a timely manner prior to the implementation of VMAC rates and subsequent modifications. DMAS shall publish on its website, each month, the information used to set the Commonwealth's prospective VMAC rates, including, but not necessarily limited to:

(a) The identity of applicable reference products used to set the VMAC rates;

(b) The Generic Code Number (GCN) or National Drug Code (NDC), as may be appropriate, of reference products;

(c) The difference by which the VMAC rate exceeds the appropriate WAC price; and

(d) The identity and date of the published compendia used to determine reference products and set the VMAC rate. The difference by which the VMAC rate exceeds the appropriate WAC price shall be at least or equal to 10% above the lowest-published wholesale acquisition cost for products widely available for purchase in the Commonwealth and shall be included in national pricing compendia.

b. Development of a VMAC rate that does not have a FUL rate shall not result in the use of higher-cost innovator brand name or single source drugs in the Medicaid program.

c. DMAS or its designated contractor shall:

(1) Implement and maintain a procedure to add or eliminate products from the list, or modify VMAC rates, consistent with changes in the fluctuating marketplace. DMAS or its designated contractor will regularly review manufacturers' pricing and monitor drug availability in the marketplace to determine the inclusion or exclusion of drugs on the VMAC list; and

(2) Provide a pricing dispute resolution procedure to allow a dispensing provider to contest a listed VMAC rate. DMAS or its designated contractor shall confirm receipt of pricing disputes within 24 hours, via telephone or facsimile, with the appropriate documentation of relevant information, for example, invoices. Disputes shall be resolved within three business days of confirmation. The pricing dispute resolution process will include DMAS' or the contractor's verification of accurate pricing to ensure consistency with marketplace pricing and drug availability. Providers will be reimbursed, as appropriate, based on findings. Providers shall be required to use this dispute resolution process prior to exercising any applicable appeal rights.

3. The provider's usual and customary charge to the public, as identified by the claim charge.

4. The Estimated Acquisition Cost (EAC), which shall be based on the published Average Wholesale Price (AWP) minus a percentage discount established by the General Assembly (as set forth in subdivision 7 of this section) or, in the absence thereof, by the following methodology set out in subdivisions a, b, and c of this subdivision.

a. Percentage discount shall be determined by a statewide survey of providers' acquisition cost.

b. The survey shall reflect statistical analysis of actual provider purchase invoices.

c. The agency will conduct surveys at intervals deemed necessary by DMAS.

5. Maximum allowable cost (MAC) methodology for specialty drugs. Payment for drug products designated by DMAS as specialty drugs shall be the lesser of subdivisions 1 through 4 of this section or the following method, whichever is least:

a. The methodology used to reimburse for designated specialty drug products shall be the WAC price plus the WAC percentage. The WAC percentage is a constant percentage identified each year for all GCNs.

b. Designated specialty drug products are certain products used to treat chronic, high-cost, or rare diseases; the drugs subject to this pricing methodology and their current reimbursement rates are listed on the DMAS website at the following internet address: http://www.dmas.virginia.gov/Content_pgs/pharm-home.aspx.

c. The MAC reimbursement methodology for specialty drugs shall be subject to the pricing review and dispute resolution procedures described in subdivisions 2 c (1) and 2 c (2) of this section.

6. Payment for pharmacy services will be as described in subdivisions 1 through 5 of this section; however, payment for legend drugs will include the allowed cost of the drug plus only one dispensing fee per month for each specific drug. Exceptions to the monthly dispensing fees shall be allowed for drugs determined by the department to have unique dispensing requirements. The dispensing fee for brand name and generic drugs is $3.75.

7. An EAC of AWP minus 13.1% shall become effective July 1, 2011. The dispensing fee for brand name and generic drugs of $3.75 shall remain in effect, creating a payment methodology based on the previous algorithm (least of subdivisions of this section) plus a dispensing fee where applicable.

A. Payment for covered outpatient legend and non-legend drugs dispensed by a retail community pharmacy will include the drug ingredient cost plus a $10.65 professional dispensing fee. The drug ingredient cost reimbursement shall be the lowest of:

1. The national average drug acquisition cost (NADAC) of the drug, the federal upper limit (FUL), or the provider's usual and customary (U&C) charge to the public, as identified by the claim charge; or

2. When no NADAC is available, DMAS shall reimburse at the lowest of the wholesale acquisition cost plus 0%, the FUL, or the provider's U&C charge to the public, as identified by the claim charge.

B. Payment for specialty drugs not dispensed by a retail community pharmacy but dispensed primarily through the mail will include the drug ingredient cost plus a $10.65 professional dispensing fee. The drug ingredient cost reimbursement shall be the lowest of:

1. The national average drug acquisition cost (NADAC) of the drug, the federal upper limit (FUL), or the provider's usual and customary (U&C) charge to the public, as identified by the claim charge; or

2. When no NADAC is available, DMAS shall reimburse at the lowest of the wholesale acquisition cost plus 0%; the FUL; or the provider's U&C charge to the public, as identified by the claim charge.

C. Payment for drugs not dispensed by a retail community pharmacy (i.e., institutional or long-term care facility pharmacies) will include the drug ingredient cost plus a $10.65 professional dispensing fee. The drug ingredient cost reimbursement shall be the lowest of:

1. The national average drug acquisition cost (NADAC) of the drug; the federal upper limit (FUL); or the provider's usual and customary (U&C) charge to the public, as identified by the claim charge; or

2. When no NADAC is available, DMAS shall reimburse at the lowest of the wholesale acquisition cost plus 0%; the FUL; or the provider's U&C charge to the public, as identified by the claim charge.

D. Payment for clotting factor from specialty pharmacies, hemophilia treatment centers and Centers of Excellence will include the drug ingredient cost plus a $10.65 professional dispensing fee. The drug ingredient cost reimbursement shall be the lowest of:

1. The national average drug acquisition cost (NADAC) of the drug, or the provider's usual and customary (U&C) charge to the public, as identified by the claim charge; or

2. When no NADAC is available, DMAS shall reimburse at the lowest of the wholesale acquisition cost plus 0%, or the provider's U&C charge to the public, as identified by the claim charge.

E. Section 340B covered entities and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) that fill Medicaid member prescriptions with drugs purchased at the prices authorized under § 340B of the Public Health Services Act will be reimbursed no more than the actual acquisition cost for the drug plus a $10.65 professional dispensing fee. Section 340B covered entities that fill Medicaid member prescriptions with drugs not purchased under § 340B of the Public Health Services Act will be reimbursed in accordance with subsection A of this section plus the $10.65 professional dispensing fee as described in subsection I of this section.

F. Drugs acquired through the federal § 340B drug price program and dispensed by § 340B contract pharmacies are not covered.

G. Facilities purchasing drugs through the federal supply schedule (FSS) or drug pricing program under 38 USC § 1826, 42 USC § 256b, or 42 USC §1396-8, other than the § 340B drug pricing program will be reimbursed no more than the actual acquisition cost for the drug plus a $10.65 professional dispensing fee.

H. Facilities purchasing drugs at nominal price (outside of § 340B or FSS) will be reimbursed no more than the actual acquisition cost for the drug plus a $10.65 professional dispensing fee. Nominal price as defined in 42 CFR 447.502 means that a price is less than 10% of the average manufacturer price (AMP) in the same quarter for which the AMP is computed.

I. Payment for pharmacy services will be as described in subsections A through H of this section; however, shall include the allowed cost of the drug plus only one professional dispensing fee, as defined at 42 CFR 447.502, per member per month for each specific drug. Exceptions to the monthly dispensing fees shall be allowed for drugs determined by the department to have unique dispensing requirements. The professional dispensing fee for all covered outpatient drugs shall be $10.65. The professional dispensing fee shall be determined by a cost of dispensing survey conducted at least every five years.

J. Physician administered drugs (PADs) submitted under the medical benefit will be reimbursed at 106% of the average sales price (ASP) as published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). PADs without an ASP on the CMS reference file will be reimbursed at the provider's actual acquisition cost. Covered entities using drugs purchased at the prices authorized under § 340B of the Public Health Services Act for Medicaid members shall bill Medicaid their actual acquisition cost.

K. Payment to Indian Health Service, tribal, and urban Indian pharmacies. DMAS does not have any Indian Health Service, tribal, or urban Indian pharmacies enrolled at this time. Payment for pharmacy services will be defined in a state plan amendment if such entity enrolls with DMAS.

L. Investigational drugs are not a covered service under the DMAS pharmacy program.

8. M. Home infusion therapy.

a. 1. The following therapy categories shall have a pharmacy service day rate payment allowable: hydration therapy, chemotherapy, pain management therapy, drug therapy, and total parenteral nutrition (TPN). The service day rate payment for the pharmacy component shall apply to the basic components and services intrinsic to the therapy category. Submission of claims for the per diem rate shall be accomplished by use of the CMS 1500 claim form.

b. 2. The cost of the active ingredient or ingredients for chemotherapy, pain management and drug therapies shall be submitted as a separate claim through the pharmacy program, using standard pharmacy format. Payment for this component shall be consistent with the current reimbursement for pharmacy services. Multiple applications of the same therapy shall be reimbursed one service day rate for the pharmacy services. Multiple applications of different therapies shall be reimbursed at 100% of standard pharmacy reimbursement for each active ingredient.

9. N. Supplemental rebate agreement. The Commonwealth complies with the requirements of § 1927 of the Social Security Act and Subpart I (42 CFR 447.500 et seq.) of 42 CFR Part 447 with regard to supplemental drug rebates. In addition, the following requirements are also met:

a. 1. Supplemental drug rebates received by the state in excess of those required under the national drug rebate agreement will be shared with the federal government on the same percentage basis as applied under the national drug rebate agreement.

b. 2. Prior authorization requirements found in § 1927(d)(5) of the Social Security Act have been met.

c. 3. Nonpreferred drugs are those that were reviewed by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and not included on the preferred drug list (PDL). Nonpreferred drugs will be made available to Medicaid beneficiaries through prior authorization.

d. 4. Payment of supplemental rebates may result in a product's inclusion on the PDL.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-4546; Filed June 19, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
TITLE 12. HEALTH
DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES
Emergency Regulation

Title of Regulation: 12VAC30-120. Waivered Services (adding 12VAC30-120-600 through 12VAC30-120-690).

Statutory Authority: § 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 1396 et seq.

Effective Dates: June 16, 2017, through December 15, 2018.

Agency Contact: Emily McClellan, Regulatory Supervisor, Policy Division, Department of Medical Assistance Services, 600 East Broad Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 371-4300, FAX (804) 786-1680, or email emily.mcclellan@dmas.virginia.gov.

Preamble:

Section 2.2-4011 of the Code of Virginia states that agencies may adopt emergency regulations in situations in which Virginia statutory law or the appropriation act or federal law or federal regulation requires that a regulation be effective in 280 days or less from its enactment, and the regulation is not exempt under the provisions of § 2.2-4006 A 4 of the Code of Virginia.

Subdivision 3 of Item 306 JJJ of Chapter 780 of the 2016 Acts of Assembly (the 2016 Appropriation Act) directs the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to include all remaining Medicaid populations and services, including long-term care and home and community-based waiver services into cost-effective, managed, and coordinated delivery systems.

Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC Plus) is the new statewide Medicaid managed long-term services and supports program that will service approximately 214,000 individuals with complex care needs through an integrated delivery system model across the full continuum of care. Care management is at the heart of the CCC Plus high-touch, person-centered program design. CCC Plus focuses on improving quality, access, and efficiency.

12VAC30-120-600. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this part shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Action" means, consistent with 42 CFR 438.400, an adverse benefit determination by the participating plan, subcontractor, service provider, or Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services that constitutes a (i) denial or limited authorization of a service authorization request, including determinations based on the type or level of service, requirements for medical necessity, appropriateness, setting, or effectiveness of a covered benefit; (ii) reduction, suspension, or termination of a previously authorized service; (iii) failure to act on a service request; (iv) denial in whole or in part of a payment for a service; (v) failure by the participating plan to render a decision within the required timeframes; (vi) failure to provide services in a timely manner; (vii) denial of an enrollee's request to dispute a financial liability, including cost sharing, copayments, premiums, deductibles, coinsurance, and other enrollee financial liabilities or (viii) denial of an enrollee's request to exercise his right under 42 CFR 438.52(b)(2)(ii) to obtain services outside of the network.

"Appellant" means an applicant for or recipient of Medicaid benefits who seeks to challenge an action taken by the participating plan, subcontractor, service provider, or DMAS regarding eligibility for services and payment determinations.

"Carved-out services" means the subset of Medicaid covered services for which the plan shall not be fiscally responsible.

"Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services" or "CMS" means the federal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for the administration of Titles XVIII, XIX, and XXI of the Social Security Act.

"Commonwealth Coordinated Care" or "CCC" means the program for the Virginia Medicare-Medicaid Financial Alignment Demonstration Model.

"Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus Program" or "CCC Plus" means the department's mandatory integrated care initiative for certain qualifying individuals, including dual eligible individuals and individuals receiving long-term services and supports (LTSS). The CCC Plus program includes individuals who receive services through nursing facility (NF) care or from four of the department's five home and community-based services (HCBS) § 1915(c) waivers (the Alzheimer's Assisted Living (AAL) Waiver individuals are not eligible for the CCC Plus program).

"Covered services" means the set of required services offered by the participating plan.

"Department of Medical Assistance Services," "department," or "DMAS" means the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, the single state agency for the Medicaid program in Virginia that is responsible for implementation and oversight of CCC Plus.

"Disenrollment" means the process of changing enrollment from one participating plan to another participating plan or the process of being excluded from CCC Plus by the department as described in 12VAC30-120-610.

"Division" or "Appeals Division" means the Appeals Division of the Department of Medical Assistance Services.

"Dual eligible enrollees" means a Medicare enrollee who receives Medicare Parts A, B, and D benefits and also receives full Medicaid benefits.

"Effective date" means the date on which a participating plan's coverage begins for an enrollee.

"Enrollee" means an individual that has enrolled in a participating plan to receive services under this program.

"Enrollee appeal" means an enrollee's request for review of an action.

"Enrollment" means assignment of an individual to a health plan by the department in accordance with the terms of the contract with the participating plan. This does not include attaining eligibility for the Medicaid program.

"Enrollment period" means the time that an enrollee is actually enrolled in a participating plan.

"Expedited appeal" means the process by which the participating plan must respond to an appeal by an enrollee if a denial of care decision and the subsequent internal appeal by a participating plan may jeopardize life, health, or ability to attain, maintain, or regain maximum function.

"External appeal" means an appeal, subsequent to the participating plan internal appeal or reconsideration decision, to the state fair hearing process or internal reconsideration process for adverse decisions. The department's external appeal decision shall be binding upon the participating plan or plans and not subject to further appeal by the participating plan or plans.

"Fee-for-service" or "FFS" means the traditional health care payment system in which physicians and other providers receive a payment for each service they provide.

"Final decision" means a written determination by a department hearing officer from an appeal of an informal evidentiary proceeding that is binding on the department, unless modified during or after the judicial process.

"Handbook" means a document prepared by the MCO and provided to the enrollee that is consistent with the requirements of 42 CFR 438.10 and the CCC Plus contract, and includes information about all the services covered by that plan.

"Hearing" means an informal evidentiary proceeding conducted by a department hearing officer during which an enrollee has the opportunity to present his concerns with or objections to the participating plan's internal appeal decision.

"Hearing officer" means an impartial decision maker who conducts evidentiary hearings for enrollee appeals on behalf of the department.

"Intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities" or "ICF/IID" means a facility licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) in which care is provided to intellectually disabled individuals who are not in need of skilled nursing care, but who need more intensive training and supervision than would be available in a rooming home, boarding home, or group home. Such facilities must comply with Title XIX standards, provide health or rehabilitative services, and provide active treatment to enrollees toward the achievement of a more independent level of functioning.

"Internal appeal" means an enrollee's initial request to an MCO for review of an action.

"Long-term services and supports" or "LTSS" means a variety of services and supports that (i) help elderly enrollees and enrollees with disabilities who need assistance to perform activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living to improve the quality of their lives and (ii) are provided over an extended period, predominantly in homes and communities, but also in facility-based settings such as nursing facilities.

"MCO" means a health plan selected to participate in Virginia's CCC Plus program. "MCO" means the same as "participating plan."

"Medicaid" means the program of medical assistance benefits under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.

"Medically necessary" or "medical necessity" means at item or service provided for the diagnosis or treatment of an enrollee's condition consistent with standards of medical practice and in accordance with Virginia Medicaid policy (12VAC30-130-600 et seq.) and EPSDT criteria (for those younger than 21 years of age) in accordance with 42 CFR 441 Subpart B (§§ 50 through 62) and federal regulations as defined in 42 CFR 438.210 and 42 CFR 440.230.

"Medicare" means Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, the federal health insurance program for people age 65 years or older, people younger than 65 years of age who have certain disabilities, and people with end stage renal disease (ESRD) or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

"Member" means the same as "enrollee."

"Money Follows the Person" or "MFP" means a demonstration project administered by DMAS that is designed to create a system of long-term services and supports that better enable enrollees to transition from certain long-term care institutions into the community.

"Network provider" means a doctor, hospital, or other health care provider that participates or contracts with a participating plan and, as a result, agrees to accept a mutually-agreed upon payment amount or fee schedule as payment in full for covered services that are rendered to eligible enrollees.

"Nursing facility" means any skilled nursing facility, skilled care facility, intermediate care facility, nursing care facility, or nursing facility, whether freestanding or a portion of a freestanding medical care facility, that is certified for participation as a Medicare or Medicaid provider, or both, pursuant to Title XVIII and Title XIX of the Social Security Act, as amended, and § 32.1-137 of the Code of Virginia.

"Participating plan" means the same as "MCO."

"Plan of care" or "POC" means a plan, primarily directed by the enrollee and family members of the enrollee as appropriate with the assistance of the enrollee's interdisciplinary care team to meet the enrollee's medical, behavioral health, long-term care services and supports, and social needs.

"Previously authorized" means, in relation to continuation of benefits, as described in 42 CFR 438.420, a prior approved course of treatment.

"Primary care provider" or "PCP" means a practitioner who provides preventive and primary medical care and certifies service authorizations and referrals for medically necessary specialty services. PCPs may include pediatricians, family and general practitioners, internists, obstetrician/gynecologists, geriatricians, and specialists who perform primary care functions (such as surgeons) and clinics including local health departments, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), and rural health clinics (RHCs).

"Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly" or "PACE" means the program in which the PACE provider provides the entire spectrum of health services (preventive, primary, and acute) and long-term services and supports to its enrollees without limit as to duration or cost of services pursuant to 12VAC30-50-320 et seq.

"Provider appeal" means an appeal to the department filed by a Medicaid-enrolled or network service provider that has already provided a service to an enrollee and has received an adverse reconsideration decision regarding service authorization, payment, or audit result.

"Reconsideration" means a provider's request to the MCO for review of an adverse action related to service authorization or payment. The MCO's reconsideration decision is a prerequisite to a provider's filing of an appeal to the DMAS Appeals Division.

"Remand" means the return of a case by the department's hearing officer to the MCO for further review, evaluation, and action.

"Representative" means an attorney or other individual who has been authorized to represent an enrollee pursuant to these regulations.

"Reverse" means to overturn the MCO's internal appeal decision and to direct that the MCO fully approve the amount, duration, and scope of requested services.

"Social Security Act" means the federal act, codified through Chapter 7 of Title 42 of the United States Code that established social insurance programs including Medicare and Medicaid.

"State fair hearing" means the DMAS evidentiary hearing process as administered by the Appeals Division of DMAS.

"Sustain" means to uphold the MCO's appeal decision.

"Withdraw" means a written request from the enrollee or the enrollee's representative for the department to terminate the enrollee appeal.

12VAC30-120-610. CCC Plus mandatory managed care enrollees; enrollment process.

A. The following individuals shall be enrolled in CCC Plus per the CCC Plus § 1915(b) waiver:

1. Dual eligible individuals with Medicare A or B coverage and full Medicaid coverage.

2. Individuals enrolled in the Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) program will transition to CCC Plus in January 2018, which is after the CCC program ends.

3. Non-dual eligible individuals who receive long-term services and supports through an institution, the CCC Plus waiver (formerly known as the EDCD and Technology Assisted waivers), Building Independence waiver, Community Living waiver, and Family and Individual Supports waiver.

Those enrolled in the Building Independence, Community Living, and Family and Individual Supports waivers will continue to receive their LTSS including LTSS related transportation services through Medicaid fee-for-service.

4. Individuals enrolled in the Department's Medallion Health and Acute Care Program (HAP), except individuals in the Alzheimer's Assisted Living (AAL) Waiver; AAL is excluded from CCC Plus.

5. All individuals classified as aged, blind, or disabled (ABD) without Medicare and not receiving LTSS. The majority of these individuals is currently enrolled in Medallion and will transition to CCC Plus effective January 1, 2018.

B. The following individuals shall be excluded from enrollment in CCC Plus:

1. Individuals enrolled in the Alzheimer's Assisted Living Waiver.

2. Individuals enrolled in another DMAS managed care program (e.g., Medallion, FAMIS, and FAMIS MOMS).

3. Individuals enrolled in a PACE program.

4. Newborns whose mothers are CCC Plus enrollees on their date of birth.

5. Individuals who are in limited coverage groups, such as:

a. Dual eligible individuals without full Medicaid benefits, such as:

(1) Qualified Medicare beneficiaries (QMBs);

(2) Special low-income Medicare beneficiaries (SLMBs);

(3) Qualified disabled working individuals (QDWIs); or

(4) Qualifying individuals (QIs) for whom Medicaid pays the Part B premium.

b. Individuals enrolled in Plan First.

c. Individuals enrolled in the Governor's Access Plan.

6. Individuals enrolled in a Medicaid-approved hospice program at the time of enrollment. However, if an individual enters a hospice program while enrolled in CCC Plus, the member will remain enrolled in CCC Plus.

7. Individuals who live on Tangier Island.

8. Individuals younger than 21 years of age who are approved for DMAS psychiatric residential treatment center (RTC) Level C programs as defined in 12VAC30-130-860. Any individual admitted to an RTC Level C program for behavioral health services will be temporarily excluded from CCC Plus until after they are discharged. RTC Level C services may be transitioned to the CCC Plus program in the future.

9. Individuals with end stage renal disease (ESRD) at the time of enrollment into CCC Plus. However, an individual who develops ESRD while enrolled in CCC Plus will remain in CCC Plus.

10. Individuals who are institutionalized in certain state and private ICF/IID and mental health facilities as specified in the CCC Plus contract.

11. Individuals who are patients at nursing facilities operated by the Veterans Administration.

12. Individuals participating in the CMS Independence at Home (IAH) demonstration. However, IAH individuals may enroll in CCC Plus if they choose to disenroll from IAH.

13. Certain individuals in out-of-state placements as specified in the CCC Plus contract.

14. Individuals placed on spenddown. However, spenddown individuals are included if they are residing in a nursing home.

15. Individuals enrolled in the department's Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration project.

16. Incarcerated individuals. Individuals on house arrest are not considered incarcerated.

17. Individuals who may have any insurance purchased through the Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) program.

C. Enrollment in CCC Plus will be mandatory for eligible individuals. The department shall have sole authority and responsibility for the enrollment of individuals into the CCC Plus program and for excluding enrollees from CCC Plus.

D. There shall be no retroactive enrollment for CCC Plus.

E. The MCO shall notify the enrollee of his enrollment in the MCO's plan through a letter submitted simultaneously with the handbook. Upon disenrollment from the plan, the MCO shall notify the enrollee through a disenrollment notice that coverage in the MCO's plan will no longer be effective.

F. The department reserves the right to revise the CCC Plus intelligent default assignment methodology (as described in subsection J of this section) as needed based upon DMAS sole discretion.

G. Eligible individuals as defined in subsection A of this section shall be enrolled in a CCC Plus contracted health plan through a CCC Plus intelligent assignment methodology as defined by DMAS in the CCC Plus contract.

1. The enrollee will be, at a minimum, notified of his assigned MCO, right to select another CCC Plus MCO operating in his locality, CCC Plus service begin date, and instructions for the individual, or his designee, to contact DMAS or its enrollment broker to either:

a. Accept the assigned MCO; or

b. Select a different CCC Plus MCO that is operating in his locality.

2. If an individual does not contact DMAS or its enrollment broker to accept the assigned MCO or select a different CCC Plus MCO operating in his locality, the individual shall be enrolled into the assigned MCO.

3. For the initial 90 calendar days following the effective date of CCC Plus enrollment, the enrollee will be permitted to disenroll from one MCO and enroll in another without cause. This 90-day timeframe applies only to the enrollee's initial start date of enrollment in CCC Plus; it does not reset or apply to any subsequent enrollment periods. After the initial 90-day period following the initial enrollment date, the enrollee may not disenroll without cause until the next annual open enrollment period.

4. Open enrollment is a period of time when individuals are able to change from one MCO to another without cause.

a. Open enrollment will occur at least once every 12 months per 42 CFR 438.56(c)(2) and (f)(1). The open enrollment will occur during October through December with any changes to taking effect the following January 1.

b. Within 60 days prior to the open enrollment effective date, the department will inform enrollees of the opportunity to remain with the current plan or change to another plan without cause. Those individuals who do not choose a new MCO during the open enrollment period shall remain in their current MCO until their next open enrollment effective date.

H. Individuals transferring from CCC and Medallion 3 (other than HAP as described in subdivision A 4 of this section) will transition with a CCC Plus service begin date of January 1, 2018. However, DMAS retains the authority to change this date if deemed necessary by DMAS or CMS. Individuals impacted by a delay will be notified of their new CCC Plus service begin date.

I. DMAS shall utilize an intelligent default assignment process to assign eligible individuals, other than the ABD populations described in subdivision A 5 of this section, to a CCC Plus MCO contracted to operate in their locality. If none of the criteria used in the intelligent default assignment process applies to an individual, he will be randomly assigned to a CCC Plus MCO operating in his locality. The intelligent default assignment process will, at a minimum, take into account:

1. The individuals previous Medicare and Medicaid MCO enrollment within the past two months if known at the time of assignment; and

2. Which MCO their current providers are contracted with. This may include the nursing facility an individual is residing in at the time of assignment, adult day health care for CCC Plus Waiver enrolled members, and an individual's private duty nursing provider.

J. Consistent with 42 CFR 438.56(d), DMAS must permit an enrollee to disenroll at any time for cause.

1. An enrollee may disenroll from his current plan for the following reasons:

a. The enrollee moves out of the MCO's service area;

b. The MCO does not, because of moral or religious objections, cover the service the enrollee seeks;

c. The enrollee needs related services (for example, a cesarean section and a tubal ligation) to be performed at the same time; not all related services are available within the provider network; and the enrollee's primary care provider or another provider determines that receiving the services separately would subject the individual to unnecessary risk;

d. The enrollee would have to change their residential, institutional, or employment supports provider based on that provider's change in status from an in-network to an out-of-network provider with the MCO and, as a result, would experience a disruption in his residence or employment; and

e. Other reasons as determined by DMAS, including poor quality of care, lack of access to services covered under this MCO, or lack of access to providers experienced in dealing with the enrollee's care needs.

2. The enrollee's request to change from one plan to another outside of open enrollment, or for cause request, may be submitted orally or in writing to the department as provided for in 42 CFR 438.56(d)(1) and cite the reasons why he wishes to disenroll from one plan and enroll in another. The department will review the request in accordance with cause for disenrollment criteria defined in 42 CFR 438.56(d)(2). The department will respond to "for cause" requests, in writing, within 15 business days of the department's receipt of the request. In accordance with 42 CFR 438.56(e)(2), if the department fails to make a determination by the first day of the second month following the month in which the enrollee files the request, the disenrollment request shall be considered approved and effective on the date of approval. Enrollees who are dissatisfied with the department's determination of the enrollee's request to disenroll from one plan and enroll in another for cause shall have the right to appeal through the state fair hearing process at 12VAC30-110-10 et seq.

K. CCC Plus eligible individuals who have been previously enrolled with a CCC Plus MCO and who regain eligibility for the CCC Plus program within 60 calendar days of the effective date of exclusion or disenrollment will be reassigned to the same MCO whenever possible and without going through the selection or assignment process.

12VAC30-120-620. MCO responsibilities; sanctions.

A. The MCO and any of its subcontractors shall abide by all CCC Plus Contract requirements, including:

1. The MCO shall provide medically necessary covered services in accordance with the CCC Plus contract.

a. Each MCO and its subcontractors shall have in place and follow written policies and procedures for processing requests for initial and continuing authorizations of service. Each MCO and its subcontractors shall ensure that any decision to deny a service authorization request or to authorize a service in an amount, duration, or scope that is less than requested be made by a health care professional who has appropriate clinical expertise in treating the member's condition or disease. Each MCO and its subcontractors shall have in effect mechanisms to ensure consistent application of review criteria for authorization decisions and shall consult with the requesting provider when appropriate.

b. In accordance with § 1932(f) of the Social Security Act (42 USC § 1396a-2), the contractor shall pay all in-network and out-of-network providers (including Native American health care providers) on a timely basis, consistent with the claims payment procedure described in 42 CFR 447.45 and 42 CFR 447.46 and § 1902(a)(37) of the Social Security Act, upon receipt of all clean claims, for covered services rendered to covered members who are enrolled with the contractor at the time the service was delivered. The MCO may deny claims in whole or in part for not meeting payment criteria established by the MCO.

c. Utilization review and audit: MCOs may perform utilization reviews and audits on their network providers. As a result of such a review or audit, an overpayment may be determined.

2. The MCO shall report data to DMAS per CCC Plus contract requirements, which includes data, claims reports, and quality studies performed by the MCO.

3. The MCO shall maintain records, including written policies and procedures, as required by the CCC Plus contract.

4. The MCO shall furnish such required information to DMAS, the Attorney General of Virginia or his authorized representative, or the State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit upon request and in the form requested.

5. The MCO shall meet standards specified in the CCC Plus contract for sufficiency of provider networks.

6. The MCO shall conduct monthly checks to screen providers for exclusion.

7. The MCO shall require its providers and subcontractors to fully comply with federal requirements for disclosure of ownership and control, business transactions, and information for persons convicted of crimes against federal related health care programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP programs, as described in 42 CFR 455 Subpart B.

8. In accordance with 42 CFR 447.50 through 42 CFR 447.60, the MCO shall not impose any cost sharing obligations on members except as set forth in 12VAC30-20-150 and 12VAC30-20-160 and as described in the CCC Plus contract.

B. Sanctions shall be the same as those set forth in the CCC Plus contract.

C. As provided in 42 CFR 438.210(a)(5(i), the MCO's medical necessity criteria shall not be more restrictive than the department's criteria.

D. The MCO's coverage rules for contract covered services shall also ensure compliance with federal EPSDT coverage requirements for enrollees younger than 21 years of age.

E. The MCO shall provide services at least in equal amount, duration, and scope as available under the Medicaid fee-for-service program and as described in Attachment 5 of the CCC Plus contract.

12VAC30-120-630. Covered services.

A. The MCO shall, at a minimum, provide all medically necessary Medicaid covered services required under the state plan (12VAC30-50-10 through 12VAC30-50-310, 12VAC30-50-410 through 12VAC30-50-430, and 12VAC30-50-470 through 12VAC30-50-580) and Elderly and Disabled with Consumer Direction waiver regulations (12VAC30-120-924 and 12VAC30-120-927) and the Technology Assisted waiver regulations (12VAC30-120-1720).

B. The following services are not covered by the MCO and shall be provided outside the MCO network:

1. Dental services (12VAC30-50-190);

2. School health services (12VAC30-50-130);

3. Community mental health services (12VAC30-50-130 and 12VAC30-50-226). Effective January 1, 2018, these services shall be covered by the MCO.

4. Preadmission screening (12VAC30-60-303);

5. Individual and Developmental Disability Support waiver services (12VAC 30-120-700 et seq.);

6. Intellectual Disability Waiver (12VAC30-120-1000 et seq.);

7. Day Support Waiver (12VAC30-120-1500 et seq.)

C. The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE, is not available to CCC Plus members.

12VAC30-120-635. Payment rates for MCOs.

The payment rate to MCOs shall be set by negotiated contracts and in accordance with 42 CFR 438.6 Subpart A.

12VAC30-120-640. State fair hearing process.

A. Notwithstanding the provisions of 12VAC30-110-10 through 12VAC30-110-370, the following regulations govern state fair hearings for individuals enrolled in CCC Plus.

B. The Appeals Division maintains an appeals and fair hearings system for enrollees (also referred to as appellants) to challenge appeal decisions rendered by the MCO in response to enrollee appeals of actions related to Medicaid services. Exhaustion of the MCO's appeals process is a prerequisite to requesting a state fair hearing with the department. Appellants who meet the criteria for a state fair hearing shall be entitled to a hearing before a department hearing officer.

C. The MCO shall conduct an internal appeal hearing, pursuant to 42 CFR Part 431 Subpart E and 42 CFR Part 438 Subpart F, and issue a written decision that includes its findings and information regarding the appellant's right to file an appeal with DMAS for a state fair hearing for Medicaid appeals.

D. Enrollees must be notified in writing of the MCO's internal appeals process in accordance with 42 CFR 438.400 et seq.:

1. With the handbook; and

2. Upon receipt of a notice of adverse benefit determination from the MCO.

E. Enrollees must be notified in writing of their right to an external appeal to DMAS upon receipt of the MCO's final internal appeal decision.

F. An appellant shall have the right to representation by an attorney or other individual of his choice at all stages of an appeal.

1. For those appellants who wish to have a representative, a representative shall be designated in a written statement that is signed by the appellant whose Medicaid benefits were adversely affected. If the appellant is physically unable to sign a written statement and proof is submitted to that affect, the department or MCO shall allow a family member or other person acting on the appellant's behalf to be the representative. If the appellant is mentally unable to sign a written statement, the department or MCO shall require written documentation that a family member or other person has been appointed or designated as his legal representative.

2. If the representative is an attorney or a paralegal working under the supervision of an attorney, a signed statement by such attorney or paralegal that he is authorized to represent the appellant prepared on the attorney's letterhead shall be accepted as a designation of representation.

3. An individual of the same law firm as a designated representative shall have the same rights as the designated representative.

4. An appellant may revoke representation by another person at any time. The revocation is effective when the department receives written notice from the appellant.

G. Any communication from an enrollee or his representative that clearly expresses that he wants to present his case to a reviewing authority shall constitute an appeal request.

1. This communication should explain the basis for the appeal of the MCO's internal appeal decision.

2. The enrollee or his representative may examine witnesses or documents, or both, provide testimony, submit evidence, and advance relevant arguments during the hearing.

H. After the MCO's internal appeal process has been exhausted, appeals to the DMAS state fair hearing process shall be made to the DMAS Appeals Division via U.S. mail, fax transmission, telephone, email, in person, or through other commonly available electronic means.

I. Expedited appeals referenced in subsection K of this section may be filed by telephone or any of the methods set forth in subsection H of this section.

J. The enrollee has the right to have his benefits continued during the MCO's appeal or the state fair hearing.

1. All of the following requirements must be met in order for benefits to be continued during the MCO and state fair hearing appeals:

a. The appeal involves the termination, suspension, or reduction of a previously authorized course of treatment;

b. The services were ordered by an authorized provider;

c. The original period covered by the initial authorization has not expired; and

d. The enrollee requests that the benefits be continued.

2. For continuation of benefits for an internal appeal with the MCO, the enrollee or representative must file the appeal before the effective date of action or within 10 calendar days of the mail date of the MCO's notice of action.

3. For continuation of benefits for a state fair hearing, the enrollee, or representative must file the appeal within 10 calendar days of the mail date of the MCO's final appeal decision.

4. The MCO shall also continue benefits for enrollees who initiate a state fair hearing directly because of deemed exhaustion of appeals processes due to failure of the MCO to adhere to the notice and timing requirements in 42 CFR 438.408.

5. If the final resolution of the appeal or state fair hearing is adverse to the enrollee, that is, upholds the MCO's adverse benefit determination, the MCO may recover the costs of services furnished to the enrollee while the appeal and the state fair hearing was pending, to the extent they were furnished solely because of the pending appeal.

K. The MCO and the department shall maintain an expedited process for appeals when an appellant's treating provider indicates (in making the request on the enrollee's behalf or supporting the enrollee's request) that taking the time for a standard resolution could seriously jeopardize the enrollee's life, physical or mental health, or ability to attain, maintain, or regain maximum function.

1. Resolution of an expedited appeal shall be no longer than 72 hours after the MCO receives the appeal.

2. Enrollees must exhaust the MCO's internal appeals processes prior to filing an expedited appeal request with the department with the exception of those enrollees with direct access to state fair hearings because of deemed exhaustion of appeals processes with the MCO.

3. The MCO and the department may extend the timeframes for resolution of an expedited appeal by up to 14 calendar days if the enrollee or the enrollee's representative requests the extension, or if the MCO or the department:

a. Shows that there is a need for additional information and how the delay is in the enrollee's best interest;

b. Requirements following extension. If the MCO extends the timeframes not at the request of the enrollee, it shall complete the following:

(1) Promptly notify the enrollee of the reason for an extension, and provides the date the extension expires; and

(2) Resolve the appeal as expeditiously as the enrollee's health condition requires and no later than the date the extension expires.

12VAC30-120-650. Appeal timeframes.

A. Appeals to the Medicaid state fair hearing process must be filed with the DMAS Appeals Division within 120 days of the date of the MCO's final internal appeal decision, unless the time period is extended by DMAS upon a finding of good cause in accordance with state fair hearing regulations.

B. It is presumed that appellants will receive the MCO's final internal appeal decision five days after the MCO mails it unless the appellant shows that he did not receive the notice within the five-day period.

C. A request for a state fair hearing on the grounds that the MCO has not acted with reasonable promptness in response to an internal appeal request may be filed at any time until the MCO has acted.

D. The date of filing shall be the date the request is postmarked, if mailed, or the date the request is received by the department, if delivered other than by mail.

E. Documents postmarked on or before a time limit's expiration shall be accepted as timely.

F. In computing any time period under these regulations, the day of the act or event from which the designated period of time begins to run shall be excluded and the last day included. If a time limit would expire on a Saturday, Sunday, or state or federal holiday, it shall be extended until the next regular business day.

G. An extension of the 120-day period for filing a request for appeal may be granted for good cause shown. Examples of good cause include the following situations:

1. Appellant was seriously ill and was prevented by illness from contacting DMAS;

2. The MCO's final internal appeal decision was not sent to the appellant. The MCO may rebut this claim by evidence that the decision was mailed to the appellant's last known address or that the decision was received by the appellant.

3. Appellant sent the request for appeal to another government agency or another division within DMAS that is not the Appeals Division in good faith within the time limit; or

4. Unusual or unavoidable circumstances prevented a timely filing.

H. DMAS shall take final administrative action within 90 days from the date the enrollee filed an MCO appeal, not including the number of days the enrollee took to subsequently file for a state fair hearing.

I. Exceptions to standard appeal resolution timeframes. Decisions may be issued beyond the standard appeal resolution timeframes when the appellant or his representative requests or causes a delay. Decisions may also be issued beyond the standard appeal resolution timeframe when any of the following circumstances exist:

1. The appellant or representative requests to reschedule or continue the hearing;

2. The appellant or representative provides good cause for failing to keep a scheduled hearing appointment, and the Appeals Division reschedules the hearing;

3. Inclement weather, unanticipated system outage, or the department's closure that prevents the hearing officer's ability to work;

4. Following a hearing, the hearing officer orders an independent medical assessment as described in 12VAC30-120-670 H 1;

5. The hearing officer leaves the hearing record open after the hearing in order to receive additional evidence or argument from the appellant;

6. The hearing officer receives additional evidence from a person other than the appellant or his representative, and the appellant requests to comment on such evidence in writing or to have the hearing reconvened to respond to such evidence; or

7. The Appeals Division determines that there is a need for additional information and documents how the delay is in the appellant's best interest.

J. For delays requested or caused by an appellant or his representative the delay date for the decision will be calculated as follows:

1. If an appellant or representative requests or causes a delay within 30 days of the request for a hearing, the 90-day time limit will be extended by the number of days from the date when the first hearing was scheduled until the date to which the hearing is rescheduled.

2. If an appellant or representative requests or causes a delay within 31 to 60 days of the request for a hearing, the 90-day time limit will be extended by 1.5 times the number of days from the date when the first hearing was scheduled until the date to which the hearing is rescheduled.

3. If an appellant or representative requests or causes a delay within 61 to 90 days of the request for a hearing, the 90-day time limit will be extended by two times the number of days from the date when the first hearing was scheduled until the date to which the hearing is rescheduled.

K. Post hearing delays requested or caused by an appellant or representative (e.g., requests for the record to be left open) will result in a day-for-day delay for the decision date. The department shall provide the appellant and representative with written notice of the reason for the decision delay and the delayed decision date, if applicable.

12VAC30-120-660. Prehearing decisions.

A. If the Appeals Division determines that any of the conditions as described in this subsection exist, a hearing will not be held and the appeal process shall be terminated.

1. A request for appeal may be invalidated if:

a. It was not filed within the time limit imposed by, or extended pursuant to 12VAC30-120-650, and the DMAS Appeals Division sends a letter to the appellant for an explanation as to why the appeal request was not filed timely; and

(1) The appellant did not reply to the request within 10 calendar days for an explanation of why good cause criteria were met for the untimely filing; or

(2) The appellant replied within 10 calendar days of the request, and the DMAS Appeals Division had sufficient facts to determine that the reply did not meet good cause criteria pursuant to 12VAC30-120-650.

b. The individual who filed the appeal ("filer") is not the appellant or parent of a minor appellant, and the DMAS Appeals Division sends a letter to the filer requesting proof of his authority to appeal on behalf of the appellant; and

(1) The filer did not reply to the request for authorization to represent the appellant within 10 calendar days; or

(2) The filer replied within 10 calendar days of the request, and the DMAS Appeals Division determined that the authorization submitted was insufficient to allow the filer to represent the appellant under the provisions of 12VAC30-120-640.

2. A request for appeal may be administratively dismissed if:

a. The MCO's internal appeals process was not exhausted prior to the enrollee's request for a state fair hearing;

b. The issue of the appeal is not related to the MCO's final internal appeal decision;

c. The action being appealed was not taken by the MCO; or

d. The sole issue is a federal or state law requiring an automatic change adversely affecting some or all beneficiaries.

3. An appeal case may be closed if:

a. The Appeals Division schedules a hearing and sends a written schedule letter notifying the appellant or his representative of the date, time, and location of the hearing; the appellant or his representative failed to appear at the scheduled hearing; and the DMAS Appeals Division sends a letter to the appellant for an explanation as to why he failed to appear; and

(1) The appellant did not reply to the request within 10 calendar days for an explanation that met good cause criteria; or

(2) The appellant replied within 10 calendar days of the request, and the DMAS Appeals Division determined that the reply did not meet good cause criteria.

b. The Appeals Division sends a written schedule letter requesting that the appellant or his representative provide a telephone number at which he can be reached for a telephonic hearing, and the appellant or his representative failed to respond within 10 calendar days to the request for a telephone number at which he could be reached for a telephonic hearing.

c. The appellant or his representative withdraws the appeal request. If the appeal request is withdrawn orally, the Appeals Division shall (i) record the individual's statement and telephonic signature and (ii) send the affected individual written confirmation, via regular mail or electronic notification, in accordance with the individual's election.

d. The MCO approves the full amount, duration, and scope of services requested.

e. The evidence in the record shows that the MCO's decision was clearly in error and that the case should be fully resolved in the appellant's favor.

B. Remand to the MCO. If the hearing officer determines from the record, without conducting a hearing, that the case might be resolved in the appellant's favor if the MCO obtains and develops additional information, documentation, or verification, the hearing officer may remand the case to the MCO for action consistent with the hearing officer's written instructions pursuant to 12VAC30-110-210 D.

C. A letter shall be sent to the appellant or his representative that explains the determination made on his appeal.

12VAC30-120-670. Hearing process and final decision.

A. All hearings must be scheduled at a reasonable time, date, and place, and the appellant and his representative shall be notified in writing prior to the hearing.

1. The hearing location will be determined by the Appeals Division.

2. A hearing shall be rescheduled at the appellant's request no more than twice unless compelling reasons exist.

3. Rescheduling the hearing at the appellant's request will result in automatic waiver of the 90-day deadline for resolution of the appeal. The delay date for the decision will be calculated as set forth in 12VAC30-120-650 J.

B. The hearing shall be conducted by a department hearing officer. The hearing officer shall review the complete record for all MCO decisions that are properly appealed; conduct informal, fact-gathering hearings; evaluate evidence presented; research the issues; and render a written final decision.

C. Subject to the requirements of all applicable federal and state laws regarding privacy, confidentiality, disclosure, and personally identifiable information, the appeal record shall be made accessible to the appellant and representative at a convenient place and time before the date of the hearing, as well as during the hearing. The appellant and his representative may examine the content of the appellant's case file and all documents and records the department will rely on at the hearing except those records excluded by law.

D. Appellants who require the attendance of witnesses or the production of records, memoranda, papers, and other documents at the hearing may request in writing the issuance of a subpoena. The request must be received by the department at least 10 working days before the scheduled hearing. Such request shall (i) include the witness's or respondent's name, home and work addresses, county or city of work and residence, and (ii) identify the sheriff's office that will serve the subpoena.

E. The hearing officer shall conduct the hearing; decide on questions of evidence, procedure, and law; question witnesses; and assure that the hearing remains relevant to the issue or issues being appealed. The hearing officer shall control the conduct of the hearing and decide who may participate in or observe the hearing.

F. Hearings shall be conducted in an informal, nonadversarial manner. The appellant or his representative shall have the right to bring witnesses, establish all pertinent facts and circumstances; present an argument without undue interference, and question or refute the testimony or evidence, including the opportunity to confront and cross-examine agency representatives.

G. The rules of evidence shall not strictly apply. All relevant, nonrepetitive evidence may be admitted, but the probative weight of the evidence will be evaluated by the hearing officer.

H. The hearing officer may leave the hearing record open for a specified period of time after the hearing in order to receive additional evidence or argument from the appellant or his representative.

1. The hearing officer may order an independent medical assessment when the appeal involves medical issues, such as a diagnosis, an examining physician's report, or a medical review team's decision, and the hearing officer determines that it is necessary to have an assessment by someone other than the person or team who made the original decision (e.g., to obtain more detailed medical findings about the impairments, to obtain technical or specialized medical information, or to resolve conflicts or differences in medical findings or assessments in the existing evidence). A medical assessment ordered pursuant to this regulation shall be at the department's expense and shall become part of the record.

2. The hearing officer may receive evidence that was not presented by either party if the record indicates that such evidence exists, and the appellant or his representative requests to submit it or requests that the hearing officer secure it.

3. If the hearing officer receives additional evidence from an entity other than the appellant or his representative, the hearing officer shall send a copy of such evidence to the appellant and his representative and give the appellant or his representative the opportunity to comment on such evidence in writing or to have the hearing reconvened to respond to such evidence.

4. Any additional evidence received will become a part of the hearing record, but the hearing officer must determine whether or not it will be used in making the decision.

I. After conducting the hearing, reviewing the record, and deciding questions of law, the hearing officer shall issue a written final decision that either sustains or reverses the MCO's action or remands the case to the MCO for further evaluation consistent with his written instructions. Some decisions may be a combination of these dispositions. The hearing officer's final decision shall be considered as the department's final administrative action pursuant to 42 CFR 431.244(f). The final decision shall include:

1. Identification of the issue or issues;

2. Relevant facts, to include a description of the procedural development of the case;

3. Conclusions of law, regulations, and policy that relate to the issue or issues;

4. Discussions, analysis of the accuracy of the MCO's appeal decision, conclusions, and hearing officer's decision;

5. Further action, if any, to be taken by the MCOs to implement the hearing officer's decision;

6. The deadline date by which further action must be taken; and

7. A cover letter informing the appellant and his representative of the hearing officer's decision. The letter must indicate that the hearing officer's decision is final, and that the final decision may be appealed directly to circuit court.

J. A copy of the hearing record shall be forwarded to the appellant and his representative with the final decision.

K. An appellant who disagrees with the hearing officer's final decision described in this section may seek judicial review pursuant to the Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia) and Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Part Two A. Written instructions for requesting judicial review must be provided to the appellant or his representative with the hearing officer's decision, and upon request by the appellant or representative.

12VAC30-120-680. Appeals Division records.

A. No person shall take from the department's custody any original record, paper, document, or exhibit that has been certified to the department's Appeals Division except as the Appeals Division Director or his designee authorizes, or as may be necessary to furnish or transmit copies for other official purposes.

B. Information in the appellant's record can be released only to the appellant, his authorized representative, the MCO, other entities for official purposes, and other persons named in a release of information authorization signed by an appellant or his representative.

C. The fees to be charged and collected for any copy of Appeals Division records will be in accordance with Virginia's Freedom of Information Act (§ 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia) or other controlling law.

D. When copies are requested from records in the Appeals Division's custody, the required fee shall be waived if the copies are requested in connection with an enrollee's own appeal.

12VAC30-120-690. Provider appeals.

A. The Appeals Division maintains an appeal process for network and Medicaid-enrolled providers of Medicaid services that have rendered services to enrollees and are requesting to challenge a MCO's reconsideration decision regarding service authorization or payment. The MCO's internal reconsideration process is a prerequisite to filing for an external appeal to the department's appeal process. The appeal process is available to network and Medicaid-enrolled providers that (i) have rendered services and have been denied payment in whole or part for Medicaid covered services; (ii) have rendered services and have been denied authorization for the services; and (iii) have received a notice of program reimbursement or overpayment demand from the department or its contractors. Providers that have had their enrollment in the MCO's network denied or terminated by the MCO do not have the right to an external appeal with the Appeals Division.

B. Department provider appeals shall be conducted in accordance with the department's provider appeal regulations (12VAC30-20-500 et seq.), § 32.1-325 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, and the Virginia Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia).

C. The department's external appeal decision shall be binding upon the MCO and not subject to further appeal by the MCO.

D. If the provider is successful in its appeal of a reimbursement issue, then the MCO shall reimburse the provider for the appealed issue.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-4974; Filed June 19, 2017, 7:48 a.m.
TITLE 12. HEALTH
DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES
Final Regulation

Titles of Regulations: 12VAC30-50. Amount, Duration, and Scope of Medical and Remedial Care Services (adding 12VAC30-50-600).

12VAC30-121. Medicare-Medicaid Demonstration Waiver (adding 12VAC30-121-10 through 12VAC30-121-250).

Statutory Authority: § 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia; §§ 1932 and 1915(c) of the Social Security Act.

Effective Date: August 9, 2017.

Agency Contact: Matthew Behrens, Project Manager, Department of Medical Assistance Services, 600 East Broad Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 625-3673, FAX (804) 786-1680, or email matthew.behrens@dmas.virginia.gov.

Summary:

Item 307 RR of Chapter 806 of the 2013 Acts of Assembly, Item 301 TTT of Chapter 3 of the 2014 Acts of Assembly, Special Session I, and Item 301 TTT of Chapter 665 of the 2015 Acts of Assembly direct the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to implement a care coordination program for a Medicare-Medicaid dual eligible enrollee. Item 307 AAAA of Chapter 806 of the 2013 Acts of Assembly, Item 301 HHH of Chapter 3 of the 2014 Acts of Assembly, Special Session I, and Item 301 HHH of Chapter 665 of the 2015 Acts of Assembly direct DMAS to implement a process for administrative appeals of Medicaid/Medicare dual eligible recipients in accordance with the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between DMAS and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the Virginia Medicare-Medicaid Financial Alignment Demonstration Model. Item 307 RRRR of Chapter 806 of the 2013 Acts of Assembly provides for achieving cost savings and standardization of administrative and other processes for providers. The amendments conform to these requirements.

The establishment of Commonwealth Coordinated Care as the mandated care coordination program allows DMAS to combine certain aspects of Medicaid managed care and long-term care and Medicare into one program. The purpose of this regulatory action is to provide integrated care to dual eligible individuals who are currently excluded from participating in managed care programs. This change will enable participants to access their primary and acute medical services, behavioral health services, and long-term care services through a single managed delivery system. The program offers dual eligible individuals care coordination, health risk assessments, interdisciplinary care teams, and plans of care.

Summary of Public Comments and Agency's Response: No public comments were received by the promulgating agency.

Part IX
Commonwealth Coordinated Care Program

12VAC30-50-600. Section 1932 Medicare-Medicaid eligible individuals.

A. Consistent with § 1932(a)(1)(A) of the Social Security Act (Act), the Commonwealth enrolls Medicaid enrollees on a voluntary basis into Medicare-Medicaid plans (MMPs) in the absence of § 1115 or § 1915(b) waiver authority.

B. Consistent with § 1932(a)(1)(B) of the Act, the Commonwealth shall contract with MMPs. The payment method to the contracting entity shall be a capitation method.

C. Enrollment is voluntary in the counties and cities designated by the following regions: (i) Central Virginia, (ii) Northern Virginia, (iii) Tidewater, (iv) Western/Charlottesville, and (v) Roanoke.

D. The Commonwealth assures that all of the applicable requirements of § 1903(m) of the Act for MMPs and MMP contracts are met.

E. The Commonwealth assures that all the applicable requirements of § 1932 of the Act for the state's option to limit freedom of choice by requiring enrollees to receive their benefits through managed care entities will be met. MMPs shall be required to pass readiness reviews prior to enrolling individuals.

F. The Commonwealth assures that all the applicable requirements of 42 CFR 431.51 regarding freedom of choice for family planning services and supplies as defined in § 1905(a)(4)(C) of the Act will be met.

G. The Commonwealth assures that all applicable managed care requirements of 42 CFR Part 438 for MMPs will be met. Enrollees shall be permitted to opt out at any time with or without cause from the program pursuant to 42 CFR 438.56(c).

H. The Commonwealth assures that all applicable requirements of 42 CFR 438.6(c) for payments under any risk contracts will be met.

I. The Commonwealth assures that all applicable requirements of 45 CFR 92.36 for procurement of contracts will be met.

J. Enrollment process.

1. The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) shall use a preassignment algorithm, through its Medicaid Management Information System, and a contracted enrollment broker to facilitate the continuity of care for Medicaid individuals by providers that have traditionally served this population.

2. DMAS shall not use a lock in (i.e., restricting a beneficiary's ability to move between health plans except during the designated annual open enrollment period) for managed care.

3. Individuals shall have 60 days to choose a health plan before being automatically assigned.

4. Eligible individuals will receive a notice that indicates to which MMP they have been assigned. The notice will have instructions for the individual to contact the DMAS contracted enrollment facilitator to:

a. Accept the preassigned MMP;

b. Select a different MMP that is operating in their region; or

c. Opt out of the program altogether.

5. If an individual does not select an MMP, he shall be passively enrolled into the preassigned MMP.

6. Enrollees shall be assigned to an MMP based on six months of claims prior to preassignment using the rules in this subdivision in order of priority:

a. Individuals in a nursing facility shall be preassigned to an MMP that includes the individual's nursing facility in its provider network.

b. Individuals in theElerly Elderly ] or Disabled with Consumer Direction Waiver shall be assigned to an MMP that includes the individual's current adult day health care provider in its provider network.

c. If more than one MMP network includes the nursing facility or adult day health care provider used by an individual, the individual will be assigned to the MMP with which he has previously been assigned in the past six months. If he has no history of previous MMP assignment, he shall be randomly assigned to an MMP in which his provider participates.

d. Individuals shall be preassigned to an MMP with whom they have previously been assigned within the past six months.

K. The Commonwealth assures that it has an enrollment system that allows individuals who are already enrolled to be given priority to continue that enrollment if the MMP does not have capacity to accept all who are seeking enrollment under the program.

L. The Commonwealth assures that, pursuant to the choice requirements in 42 CFR 438.52, Medicaid individuals who are enrolled in an MMP will have a choice of at least two entities unless the area is considered rural as defined in 42 CFR 438.52(b)(3).

M. The Commonwealth shall apply the automatic reenrollment provision in accordance with 42 CFR 438.56(g) if the individual is disenrolled solely because he loses Medicaid eligibility for a period of two months or less.

N. The following services shall be excluded from coverage by the MMP in this program:

1. Induced abortions;

2. Targeted case management; and

3. Dental services (see 12VAC30-121-70 for specific coverage).

O. The Commonwealth shall intentionally limit the number of entities it contracts with under the option permitted by § 1932 of the Act. The Commonwealth assures that such limits on the number of contracting entities shall not substantially impair enrollee access to services.

P. DMAS has established an advisory committee that meets quarterly throughout the duration of the program to discuss topics such as program design, educational and outreach materials, and provider and beneficiary issues.

CHAPTER 121
COMMONWEALTH COORDINATED CARE PROGRAM

12VAC30-121-10. Commonwealth Coordinated Care program authority.

A. Medicare authority. The Medicare elements of the Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) program shall operate according to existing Medicare Part C and Part D laws and regulations, as amended or modified, except to the extent these requirements are waived or modified as provided for in the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the department. As a term and condition of the CCC program, participating plans will be required to comply with Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Program requirements in Part C and Part D of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (the Act) and 42 CFR Parts 422 and 423, as amended from time to time, except to the extent specified in the MOU for waivers and the three-way contract.

B. Medicaid authority. The Medicaid elements of the CCC program shall operate according to existing Medicaid laws and regulations, including but not limited to all requirements of the § 1915(c) of the Act waivers for individuals enrolled in the Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction Waiver, as amended or modified, except to the extent waived as provided for in the MOU. As a term and condition of the CCC program, the Commonwealth and participating plans shall comply with Medicaid managed care requirements under (i) Title XIX of the Act, 42 CFR Part 438 and other applicable regulations, as amended or modified, except to the extent specified in the MOU; and (ii) the three-way contract.

C. Sunset clause. Consistent with the MOU, the Commonwealth Coordinated Care regulations (12VAC30-121) shall expire effective with the termination of the approved MOU. ]

12VAC30-121-20. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Action" or "adverse decision" means, consistent with 42 CFR 438.400, a decision by the participating plan, subcontractor, service provider, or Department of Medical Assistance Services that constitutes a denial or limited authorization of a service authorization request, including (i) type or level of service; (ii) reduction, suspension, or termination of a previously authorized service; (iii) failure to act on a service request; (iv) denial in whole or in part of a payment for a covered service; (v) failure by the participating plan to render a decision within the required timeframes; or (vi) denial of an enrollee's request to exercise his right under 42 CFR 438.52(b)(2)(ii) to obtain services outside of the network.

"Appellant" means an applicant for or recipient of Medicaid benefits who seeks to challenge an action taken by the participating plan regarding eligibility for services and payment determinations.

"Capitation payment" means a payment the department makes periodically to a participating plan on behalf of each enrollee enrolled under a contract with that participating plan for the provision of services under the state plan and waivers, regardless of whether the enrollee receives services during the period covered by the payment.

"Capitation rate" means the monthly amount payable to the participating plan per enrollee for the provision of contract services. The participating plan shall accept the established capitation rates paid each month by the department and CMS as payment in full for all Medicaid and Medicare services to be provided pursuant to the three-way contract and all associated administrative costs, pending final recoupment, reconciliation, sanctions, or payment of quality withhold amounts as detailed in the MOU and the three-way contract.

"Care management" means the collaborative, person-centered process that assists enrollees in gaining access to needed health care services and includes (i) assessing for and planning of health care services; (ii) linking the enrollee to services and supports identified in the plan of care; (iii) working with the enrollee directly for the purpose of locating, developing, or obtaining needed health care services and resources; (iv) coordinating health care services and service planning with other agencies, providers, and family members involved with the enrollee; (v) making collateral contacts to promote the implementation of the plan of care and community integration; (vi) monitoring to assess ongoing progress and ensuring services are delivered; and (vii) education and counseling that guides the enrollee and develops a supportive relationship that promotes the plan of care.

"Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services" or "CMS" means the federal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for the administration of Titles XVIII, XIX, and XXI of the Social Security Act.

"Commonwealth Coordinated Care," "CCC," or "CCC program" means the program for the Virginia Medicare-Medicaid Financial Alignment Demonstration Model.

"Covered services" means the set of required services offered by the participating plan as set forth in the three-way contract.

"Cultural competency" means understanding those values, beliefs, and needs that are associated with an enrollee's age, gender identity, sexual orientation, or racial, ethnic, or religious background. Cultural competency (i) includes a set of competencies that are required to ensure appropriate, culturally sensitive health care to persons with congenital or acquired disabilities and (ii) is based on the premise of respect for the enrollee and his existing cultural differences and on an implementation of a trust-promoting method of inquiry and assistance.

"Demonstration" means the capitated model under the Medicare-Medicaid Financial Alignment Demonstration Model as authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and as set out in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-148) and authorized under § 1115A of the Social Security Act.

"Department of Medical Assistance Services," "department," or "DMAS" means the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, the single state agency for the Medicaid program in Virginia that is responsible for implementation and oversight of the demonstration.

"Disenroll" or "disenrollment" means the process of changing enrollment from one participating plan to another participating plan or opting out of the demonstration altogether but shall not include ending eligibility in the Medicare or Medicaid programs.

"Division" or "Appeals Division" means the Appeals Division of the Department of Medical Assistance Services.

"Effective date of enrollment" means the date on which a participating plan's coverage begins for an enrollee.

"Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction Waiver" or "EDCD Waiver" means, as provided in Part IX (12VAC30-120-900 et seq.) of Waivered Services (12VAC30-120), the CMS-approved waiver that covers a limited range of community support services offered to enrollees who are elderly or have a disability and meet Virginia nursing facility level of care criteria as set out in 12VAC30-60-300, 12VAC30-60-303, and 12VAC30-60-307.

"Enrollee appeal" means an enrollee's request for review of a participating plan's coverage or payment determination. In accordance with 42 CFR 438.400, a Medicaid-based appeal is defined as a request for review of an action, as defined in this section. An appeal is an enrollee's challenge to the actions regarding services, benefits, and reimbursement provided by the participating plan, its service providers, or the Department of Medical Assistance Services.  Enrollees or providers or other individuals acting on behalf of enrollees and with the enrollee's written consent may appeal adverse decisions to the participating plan and to DMAS (for Medicaid covered services) after the participating plan's internal appeals process is exhausted.

"Enrollee communications" means the materials designed to communicate to enrollees the plan benefits, policies, processes, and enrollee rights. Enrollee communications includes pre-enrollment, post-enrollment, and operational materials.

"Enrollment" means the completion of approved enrollment forms by or on behalf of an eligible person and assignment of an enrollee to a participating plan by DMAS in accordance with federal law.

"Evidence of coverage" or "EOC" means a document prepared by the Medicare-Medicare plan and provided to the enrollee that is consistent with the requirements of 42 CFR 438.10, 42 CFR 422.11, and 42 CFR 423.128 and includes information about all the services covered by that plan.

"Expedited appeal" means the process by which DMAS must respond to an appeal by an enrollee if a denial of care decision and the subsequent internal appeal by a participating plan may jeopardize life, health, or the ability to attain, maintain, or regain maximum function.

"External appeal" means an appeal, subsequent to the participating plan appeal decision, to the state fair hearing process for Medicaid-based adverse decisions or to the Medicare process for Medicare-based adverse decisions. The department's external appeal decision shall be binding upon the participating plan and not subject to further appeal by the participating plan.

"Fee-for-service" or "FFS" means the traditional health care payment system in which physicians and other providers receive a payment for each service they provide.

"Final decision" means a written determination by a hearing officer that is binding on DMAS, unless modified during or after the judicial process, and that may be appealed to the local circuit court.

"Good cause" means to provide sufficient cause or reason for failing to file a timely appeal or for missing a scheduled appeal hearing.

"Health risk assessment" or "HRA" means a comprehensive assessment of an enrollee's medical, psychosocial, cognitive, and functional status in order to determine his medical, behavioral health, long-term care services and supports, and social needs.

"Hearing" means an informal evidentiary proceeding conducted by a DMAS hearing officer during which an enrollee has the opportunity to present his concerns with or objections to the participating plan's internal appeal decision.

"Hearing officer" means an impartial decision maker who conducts evidentiary hearings for enrollee appeals on behalf of the department.

"Interdisciplinary care team" or "ICT" means a team of professionals who collaborate, either in person or through other means, with the enrollee to develop and implement (employing both medical and social models of care) a plan of care that meets the enrollee's medical, behavioral health, long-term care services and supports, and social needs. ICTs may include physicians, physician assistants, long-term care providers, nurses, specialists, pharmacists, behavior health specialists, and social workers, as may be appropriate for the enrollee's medical diagnoses and health condition, comorbidities, and community support needs.

"Intermediate sanctions" means sanctions that may be imposed on a Medicare-Medicaid plan such as civil money penalties, appointment of temporary management, permission for individuals to terminate enrollment in the Medicare-Medicaid plan without cause, suspension or default of all enrollment of individuals, and suspension of payment to the Medicare-Medicaid plan for individuals enrolled pursuant to 42 USC § 1396u-2(e)(2).

"Internal appeal" means an enrollee's initial request to the participating plan for review of the participating plan's coverage or payment determination.

"Long-term services and supports" or "LTSS" means a variety of services and supports that (i) help elderly enrollees and enrollees with disabilities who need assistance to perform activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living to improve the quality of their lives and (ii) are provided over an extended period, predominantly in homes and communities, but also in facility-based settings such as nursing facilities. Examples of these activities include assistance with bathing, dressing, and other basic activities of daily life and self-care, as well as support for everyday tasks such as laundry, shopping, and transportation.

"Medicaid" means the program of medical assistance benefits under Title XIX of the Social Security Act and various demonstrations and waivers thereof.

"Medically necessary" means (i) for Medicare, services that are reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of illness or injury or to improve the functioning of a malformed body member and (ii) for Virginia Medicaid, an item or service provided for the diagnosis or treatment of a patient's condition consistent with community standards of medical practice and in accordance with Part IX (12VAC30-130-600 et seq.) of 12VAC30-130. Furthermore, services must be sufficient in amount, duration, and scope to reasonably achieve their purpose. Services must be provided in a way that provides all protections to covered individuals provided by Medicare and Virginia Medicaid.

"Medicare" means Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, the federal health insurance program for people age 65 or older, people younger than 65 years of age who have certain disabilities, and people with end stage renal disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

"Medicare Part A" means hospital insurance that helps cover inpatient care in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, hospice, and home health care.

"Medicare Part B" means insurance that helps cover medically necessary services such as doctor's services, outpatient care, durable medical equipment, home health services, other medical services, and some preventive services.

"Medicare Part C" or "Medicare Advantage" means a plan that (i) provides all of an enrollee's Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B coverage; (ii) may offer extra coverage, such as vision, hearing, dental, or health and wellness programs; and (iii) may include Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D).

"Medicare Part D" means Medicare prescription drug coverage.

"Memorandum of understanding" or "MOU" means the Memorandum of Understanding between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Commonwealth of Virginia Regarding a Federal-State Partnership to Test a Capitated Financial Alignment Model for Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees (5/2013), which is the document that sets out the mutually agreed to understanding of this program between CMS and DMAS.

"Minimum data set" or "MDS" means part of the federally-mandated process for assessing enrollees receiving care in certified skilled nursing facilities in order to record their overall health status, regardless of payer source.

"Money Follows the Person" or "MFP" means a demonstration project administered by DMAS that is designed to create a system of long-term services and supports that better enable enrollees to transition from certain long-term care institutions into the community.

"Network" means doctors, hospitals, or other health care providers that participate or contract with a participating plan and, as a result, agree to accept a mutually-agreed upon payment amount or fee schedule as payment in full for covered services that are rendered to eligible enrollees.

"Nursing facility" means any skilled nursing facility, skilled care facility, intermediate care facility, nursing care facility, or nursing facility, whether freestanding or a portion of a freestanding medical care facility, that is certified for participation as a Medicare or Medicaid provider, or both, pursuant to Title XVIII and Title XIX of the Social Security Act, as amended, and § 32.1-137 of the Code of Virginia.

"Participating plan," "Medicare-Medicaid plan," or "MMP" means a health plan that is selected to participate in Virginia's Medicare-Medicaid Financial Alignment Demonstration Model and that is a party to the three-way contract with CMS and DMAS.

"Passive enrollment" means an enrollment process through which an eligible enrollee is enrolled by DMAS or its vendor into a participating plan, when not otherwise affirmatively electing one plan following a minimum 60-day advance notification that includes the opportunity to make another enrollment decision or opt out of the demonstration prior to the enrollment effective date.

"Plan of care" or "POC" means a plan, primarily directed by the enrollee and family members of the enrollee as appropriate with the assistance of the enrollee's interdisciplinary care team to meet the enrollee's medical, behavioral health, long-term care services and supports, and social needs.

"Preadmission screening" means the process to (i) evaluate the functional, medical or nursing, and social support needs of enrollees referred for preadmission screening; (ii) assist enrollees in determining what specific services the enrollees need; (iii) evaluate whether a service or a combination of existing community services are available to meet the needs of the enrollees; and (iv) refer enrollees to the appropriate entity for either Medicaid-funded nursing facility services or home and community-based care for those enrollees who meet the criteria for nursing facility level of care.

"Preadmission screening team" means the entity contracted with DMAS that is responsible for performing preadmission screening pursuant to § 32.1-330 of the Code of Virginia.

"Previously authorized" means, in relation to continuation of benefits, as described in 42 CFR 438.420, a prior approved course of treatment. "Previously authorized" is further clarified in 12VAC30-121-150.

"Privacy" means the requirements established in (i) the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and implementing regulations, (ii) Medicaid regulations, including 42 CFR 431.300 through 42 CFR 431.307, and (iii) relevant Virginia privacy laws.

"Provider appeal" means an appeal filed by a Medicare, Medicaid, or other service provider that has already provided a service and has received an action regarding payment or audit result.

"Remand" means the return of a case by the hearing officer to the participating plan for further review, evaluation, and action.

"Remote patient monitoring" means monitoring a patient remotely and is often used for patients with one or more chronic conditions, such as congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, diabetes, pulmonary diseases, or the need for anticoagulation treatment. Remote patient monitoring must be agreed to by the enrollee. Examples of remote patient monitoring activities include transferring vital signs such as weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and heart rate from the enrollee to the physician's office.

"Representative" means an attorney or other individual who has been authorized to represent an enrollee pursuant to this chapter.

"Reverse" means to overturn the participating plan's action and internal appeal decision and to direct that the participating plan fully approve the amount, duration, and scope of requested services.

"Secretary" means the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"Social Security Act" means the federal act codified through Chapter 7 of Title 42 of the United States Code that established social insurance programs including Medicare and Medicaid.

"State fair hearing" means the DMAS evidentiary hearing process for enrollees as administered by the Appeals Division of DMAS.

"State Plan for Medical Assistance" or "State Plan" means the comprehensive written statement submitted to CMS by DMAS describing the nature and scope of the Virginia Medicaid program and giving assurance that the program will be administered in conformity with the requirements, standards, procedures, and conditions for obtaining federal financial participation. DMAS has the authority to administer such State Plan for the Commonwealth pursuant to the authority of the § 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia.

"Sustain" means to uphold the participating plan's appeal decision.

"Targeted case management" or "TCM" means the Medicaid-funded State Plan case management service provided by private providers for enrollees with substance use disorders or developmental disabilities and by community services boards or behavioral health authorities for enrollees with behavioral health disorders or intellectual disabilities. TCM encompasses both referral and transition management and clinical services such as monitoring, self-management support, and medication review and adjustment. TCM is separate from "care management" as defined in the MOU.

"Three-way contract" means the three-way agreement between CMS, DMAS, and a participating plan specifying the terms and conditions pursuant to which a participating plan shall participate in the CCC program.

"Vulnerable subpopulation" means, at a minimum, individuals from the following groups: (i) individuals who are enrolled in the Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction Waiver (12VAC30-120-900 et seq.); (ii) individuals who have either intellectual or developmental disabilities, or both; (iii) individuals who have cognitive or memory problems, or both, (e.g., dementia and traumatic brain injury); (iv) individuals with physical or sensory disabilities; (v) individuals who are residing in nursing facilities; (vi) individuals who have serious and persistent mental illness or illnesses; (vii) individuals who have end stage renal disease; and (viii) individuals who have complex or multiple chronic health conditions, or both.

"Withdraw" means the enrollee or the enrollee's representative makes a written request for the department to terminate the appeal process without a final decision on the merits.

12VAC30-121-30. Selected localities.

A. The demonstration shall operate in specific regions within the Commonwealth.

B. The department and CMS will implement the demonstration in Central Virginia, Northern Virginia, Roanoke, Tidewater, and Western/Charlottesville regions.

C. Under the demonstration, DMAS will conduct a regional phase in. Phase I will impact Central Virginia and Tidewater. Phase II will impact Western/Charlottesville, Northern Virginia, and Roanoke.

D. Participating plans must cover all eligible enrollees in all localities within the region or regions in which such plans participate.

12VAC30-121-40. Eligible enrollees.

A. Medicaid-eligible enrollees who meet the following qualifications may be eligible to be enrolled in the demonstration:

1. Individuals who are 21 years of age or older at the time of enrollment;

2. Individuals who are entitled to benefits under Medicare Part A, enrolled under Medicare Part B and Part D, and who are receiving full Medicaid benefits. This includes enrollees participating in the EDCD Waiver and those residing in nursing facilities;

3. Individuals who reside in a program region; and

4. Individuals who do not meet any of the exclusions identified in 12VAC30-121-45.

B. Individuals who have been excluded from the CCC program, for any reason, shall be permitted to opt in to the CCC program once the reason for their exclusion no longer exists.

12VAC30-121-45. Individuals excluded from enrollment.

Individuals who meet at least one of the following criteria shall be excluded from the CCC program:

1. Individuals who are younger than 21 years of age.

2. Individuals who are required to "spend down" income in order to meet Medicaid eligibility requirements. "Spend down" means when a Medicaid applicant meets all Medicaid eligibility requirements other than income, Medicaid eligibility staff conduct a medically needy calculation that compares the enrollee's income to a medically needy income limit for a specific period of time referred to as the "budget period" (not to exceed six months). When a Medicaid applicant's incurred medical expenses equal the spend down amount, the applicant is eligible for full benefit Medicaid for the remainder of the spend down budget period.

3. Individuals for whom DMAS only pays a limited amount each month toward their cost of care (e.g., deductibles), including non-full-benefit Medicaid beneficiaries. These individuals may receive Medicaid coverage for the following: (i) Medicare monthly premiums for Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, or both (carved-out payment); (ii) coinsurance, copayment, and deductible for Medicare-allowed services; and (iii) Medicaid-covered services, including those that are not covered by Medicare. These individuals may include:

a. Qualified Medicare beneficiaries;

b. Special low income Medicare beneficiaries;

c. Qualified disabled working individuals; or

d. Qualifying individuals.

4. Individuals who are inpatients in state mental hospitals, including Catawba Hospital, Central State Hospital, Eastern State Hospital, Hiram W. Davis Medical Center, Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Piedmont Geriatric Hospital, Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute, and Western State Hospital.

5. Individuals who are residents of state hospitals, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, residential treatment facilities, or long-stay hospitals. Long-stay hospitals are specialty Medicaid facilities that serve enrollees who require a higher intensity of nursing care than that which is normally provided in a nursing facility and who do not require the degree of care and treatment that an acute care hospital is designed to provide.

6. Individuals who are participating in federal waiver programs for home and community-based Medicaid coverage other than the EDCD Waiver (e.g., Individual and Family Developmental Disabilities Support, Intellectual Disability, Day Support, Technology Assisted, and Alzheimer's Assisted Living waivers).

7. Individuals receiving hospice services at the time of enrollment. If an enrollee enters hospice while enrolled in the CCC program, he shall be disenrolled from the CCC program. If an enrollee opts out of the CCC program, he shall not be permitted to reenter it. If an enrollee does not opt out but leaves the CCC program due to a CCC program action, he shall be permitted to return to the CCC program upon leaving hospice. However, participating plans shall refer these individuals to the preadmission screening team for additional LTSS if not already in place.

8. Individuals receiving the end stage renal disease (ESRD) Medicare benefit at the time of enrollment into the CCC program. However, an enrollee who develops ESRD while enrolled in the CCC program shall remain in the CCC program unless he opts out. If he opts out, the enrollee shall not be permitted to opt back into the CCC program.

9. Individuals with other comprehensive group or enrollee health insurance coverage, other than full benefit Medicare, insurance provided to military dependents, and any other insurance purchased through the Health Insurance Premium Payment Program.

10. Individuals who have a Medicaid eligibility period that is less than three months.

11. Individuals who have a Medicaid eligibility period that is only retroactive.

12. Individuals enrolled in the Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program established pursuant to Chapter 50 (§ 38.2-5000 et seq.) of Title 38.2 of the Code of Virginia.

13. Individuals enrolled in the Money Follows the Person program.

14. Individuals residing outside of the CCC program coverage regions.

15. Individuals enrolled in a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). However, PACE participants may enroll in the CCC program if they choose to disenroll from their PACE providers.

16. Individuals participating in the CMS Independence at Home demonstration or any other demonstration that bases some or all payment on achievement of Medicare savings.

12VAC30-121-50. Enrollment process.

Individuals who qualify as indicated in 12VAC30-121-40 and are not excluded as provided in 12VAC30-121-45 shall be enrolled as follows, except if they choose to opt out:

1. Enrollees shall be passively assigned to a participating plan based on their previous six months of Medicaid claims history prior to preassignment using the rules in this order of priority:

a. Enrollees in a nursing facility shall be preassigned to a participating plan that includes the enrollee's nursing facility in its provider network.

b. Enrollees in the EDCD Waiver shall be assigned to a participating plan that includes the enrollee's current adult day health care provider in the MMP's existing provider network.

c. If more than one participating plan network includes the nursing facility or adult day health care provider used by an enrollee, the enrollee shall be assigned to the participating plan with which he has previously been assigned in the past six months.

d. If the enrollee has no history of previous participating plan assignment, he shall be randomly assigned to a participating plan in which his provider participates.

e. In the absence of the conditions in subdivisions 1 a through 1 d of this section, enrollees shall be preassigned to a participating plan with whom they have previously been assigned within the past six months. The order of assignment shall be first the Medicare plan and secondly the Medicaid participating plan.

2. Utilizing passive enrollment, eligible enrollees shall be notified of their right to select among contracted participating plans no fewer than 60 days prior to the effective date of enrollment.

3. Eligible enrollees shall receive a notice that indicates the participating plan to which they have been preassigned. The notice shall have instructions for the enrollee to contact the department's contracted enrollment facilitator to (i) accept the preassigned participating plan; (ii) actively select a different participating plan that is operating in the enrollee's region; or (iii) to opt out of the program.

An enrollment facilitator is an independent entity contracted with DMAS that (i) enrolls beneficiaries in the plan, (ii) is responsible for the operation and documentation of a toll-free helpline, (iii) educates enrollees about the plan, (iv) assists with and tracks enrollee grievance resolutions, and (v) may market and perform outreach to potential enrollees.

4. If an enrollee does not select a participating plan, he shall be passively enrolled into the preassigned participating plan.

5. Prior to the effective date of their plan enrollment, enrollees who would be passively enrolled shall have the opportunity to opt out and shall receive sufficient notice and information with which to do so.

6. All enrollment effective dates shall be prospective. Enrollment shall be effective the first day of the month following an enrollee's request to enroll, so long as the request is received on or before five days before the end of the month. Active enrollment requests, including requests to change among participating plans, received later than five days before the end of the month shall become effective the first of the second month following the request. Passive enrollment shall be effective not sooner than 60 days after enrollee notification.

7. Disenrollment from participating plans and transfers between participating plans shall be allowed on a month-to-month basis any time during the year; however, coverage for these enrollees shall continue through the end of the month. All disenrollment requests shall be effective the first day of the month following an enrollee's request to disenroll from the CCC program.

8. CMS and DMAS monitor enrollments and disenrollments for both evaluation purposes and for compliance with applicable marketing and enrollment laws, regulations, and CMS policies for the purpose of identifying any inappropriate or illegal marketing practices. As part of this analysis, CMS and DMAS monitor any unusual shifts in enrollment by enrollees identified for passive enrollment into a particular participating plan to a Medicare Advantage plan operated by the same parent organization. If those shifts appear to be due to inappropriate or illegal marketing practices, CMS or DMAS, or both, may require corrective action. Any illegal marketing practices shall be referred to appropriate agencies for investigation.

9. As mutually agreed upon in the three-way contract, CMS and DMAS shall utilize an independent third party entity to facilitate all enrollments into the participating plans.

10. Participating plan enrollments, transfers, and opt-outs shall become effective on the same day for both Medicare and Medicaid. For enrollees who lose Medicaid eligibility during a month, coverage and federal financial participation will continue through the end of the month in which Medicaid eligibility is ended.

12VAC30-121-60. (Reserved.)

12VAC30-121-70. Covered services.

A. CMS and DMAS shall contract with participating plans that demonstrate the capacity to provide directly, or by subcontracting with other qualified entities, the full continuum of medically necessary Medicare and Medicaid covered services to enrollees, in accordance with (i) the MOU; (ii) CMS guidance; (iii) the three-way contract; (iv) 42 CFR Part 422, 42 CFR Part 423, and 42 CFR Part 438; (v) the requirements in the State Plan for Medical Assistance, including any applicable State Plan amendments and § 1915(c) of the Act; (vi) the EDCD Waiver (12VAC30-120-900 et seq.); (vii) 42 USC § 1395y; (viii) Part IX (12VAC30-130-600 et seq.) of 12VAC30-130; (ix) the Americans with Disabilities Act; and (x) the Olmstead decision (Olmstead v. L.C. (98-536) 527 U.S. 581 (1999)). Furthermore, as set out in 42 CFR 440.230, services shall be sufficient in amount, duration, and scope to reasonably achieve their purpose. Participating plans shall be required to provide services in a way that preserves all protections to enrollees and provides enrollees with coverage to at least the same extent provided by Medicare and Medicaid. Where there is overlap between Medicare and Medicaid benefits, coverage and rules shall be delineated in the three-way contract. Participating plans shall be required to abide by the more generous of the applicable Medicare, Medicaid, or the combined Medicare-Medicaid standard.

B. With the exception of those services that are specifically carved out of this program as set out in 12VAC30-121-83, the required covered services shall include:

1. Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part D services.

2. Medically necessary procedures. Participating plans will be responsible for medically necessary procedures, including but not limited to, the following:

a. CPT codes, from the Current Procedural Terminology, Revised 2015, as published by the American Medical Association, billed for dental services performed as a result of a dental accident (i.e., an accident that damages the mouth).

b. Preparation of the mouth for radiation therapy, maxillary or mandibular frenectomy when not related to a dental procedure, orthognathic surgery to attain functional capacity, and surgical services on the hard or soft tissue in the mouth where the main purpose is not to treat or help the teeth and their supporting structures.

c. Anesthesia and hospitalization for medically necessary services.

d. At the option of the MMP, additional flexible dental services for program enrollees.

e. For participants of auxiliary grants, case management services. Although not widely used, this service is included as part of the annual reassessment screening process for assisted living recipients and will be provided under fee-for-service.

3. Acute care services provided under the State Plan for Medical Assistance as found in 12VAC30-50, and further defined by DMAS written regulations, policies, and instructions, except as otherwise modified or excluded in the three-way contract.

4. Covered LTSS provided under the EDCD Waiver, including adult day health care, personal care (agency and consumer-directed options), personal emergency response services with or without medication monitoring, respite care (agency and consumer-directed options), transition coordination, and transition services.

5. The integrated formulary for prescription drugs, including Medicaid-covered drugs that are excluded by Medicare Part D. Participating plans shall also cover drugs covered by Medicare Part A and Part B. In all respects, unless stated otherwise in the MOU or the three-way contract, Medicare Part D requirements continue to apply.

6. Nursing facility services as defined in 42 CFR 440.40. Skilled nursing level care may be provided in a long-term care facility without a preceding acute care inpatient stay for enrollees enrolled in the program when the provision of this level of care can avert the need for an inpatient hospital stay.

7. Participating plans shall be permitted to use and reimburse telehealth for Medicare and Medicaid services as an innovative, cost effective means to decrease hospital admissions, reduce emergency department visits, address disparities in care, increase access, and increase timely interventions. Participating plans shall also encourage the use of telehealth to promote community living and improve access to behavioral health services. Participating plans shall be permitted to use telehealth in rural and urban settings and reimburse for store-and-forward applications. Participating plans shall also have the ability to cover remote patient monitoring. All telehealth and remote patient monitoring activities shall be compliant with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements and as further set out in the three-way contract.

For the purposes of this section:

a. "Store-and-forward" means when prerecorded images, such as x-rays, video clips, and photographs, are captured and then forwarded to and retrieved, viewed, and assessed by a provider at a later time. Some common applications include (i) teledermatology, where digital pictures of a skin problem are transmitted and assessed by a dermatologist; (ii) teleradiology, where x-ray images are sent to and read by a radiologist; and (iii) teleretinal imaging, where images are sent to and evaluated by an ophthalmologist to assess for diabetic retinopathy; and

b. "Telehealth" means the real time or near real time two-way transfer of data and information using an interactive audio and video connection for the purposes of medical diagnosis and treatment.

8. Health risk assessments.

a. Each enrollee shall receive and be an active participant in a timely, comprehensive assessment completed by the participating plan's care management team. All health risk assessment tools are subject to approval by DMAS. Assessment domains shall include the following: medical, psychosocial, functional, cognitive, and behavioral health. Relevant and comprehensive data sources, including the enrollee, providers, family, caregivers, and additional significant others as may be designated by the enrollee, shall be used by the participating plans in order to thoroughly complete the assessment.

b. During the first year of the program, any enrollee meeting any one of the following criteria shall receive a health risk assessment to be completed no later than 60 days from the onset of the enrollee's enrollment:

(1) Individuals enrolled in the EDCD Waiver;

(2) Individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities;

(3) Individuals with cognitive or memory problems (e.g., dementia or traumatic brain injury);

(4) Individuals with physical or sensory disabilities;

(5) Individuals residing in nursing facilities;

(6) Individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses;

(7) Individuals with end stage renal disease; and

(8) Individuals with complex or multiple chronic health conditions.

c. During the first year of the program and for all other enrollees, health risk assessments shall be conducted within 90 days of enrollment.

d. Health risk assessments for individuals enrolled in the EDCD Waiver and for individuals residing in nursing facilities shall be conducted face to face. The health risk assessments for individuals residing in nursing facilities shall also incorporate the MDS.

e. During subsequent years of the program, individuals enrolled in the EDCD Waiver shall receive a health risk assessment within 30 days of enrollment and all other enrollees shall receive a health risk assessment within 60 days of enrollment.

12VAC30-121-73. Level of care determinations.

A. Initial level of care (LOC) determinations shall be conducted by hospitals and local preadmission screening teams as defined in § 32.1-330 of the Code of Virginia.

B. Participating plans shall ensure that LOC annual reassessments are conducted timely for EDCD Waiver participants (minimum within 365 days of the last annual reassessment or as the participant's needs change). Participating plans shall conduct annual face-to-face assessments for continued nursing facility LOC eligibility requirements for the EDCD Waiver.

C. The plans shall establish criteria including health status changes (i.e., the triggering events that precipitate a need for reassessment, including a change in the ability to perform activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living) for reassessments to be performed prior to the reassessment.

D. The LOC annual reassessment shall include all the elements required by the three-way contract for enrollees who are in the EDCD Waiver.

E. LOC annual reassessments for EDCD Waiver enrollees shall be performed by providers with the following qualifications: (i) a registered nurse (RN) licensed in Virginia with at least one year of experience as an RN; (ii) a social worker licensed in Virginia; or (iii) an individual who holds at least a bachelor's degree in a health or human services field and has at least two years of experience working with individuals who are elderly or have disabilities, or both.

F. Participating plans shall ensure that quarterly and annual assessments are conducted timely for nursing facility residents based on the MDS process and shall work cooperatively with nursing facilities to provide information regarding the completion of the assessments for continued nursing facility placement.

G. Participating plans shall communicate annual LOC reassessment data for EDCD Waiver enrollees and nursing facility residents to DMAS according to requirements in the three-way contract.

12VAC30-121-75. Plans of care.

A. Participating plans shall develop a person-centered plan of care (POC) for each enrollee. The POC shall be tailored to the individual enrollee's needs and be agreed to and signed by the enrollee or the enrollee's employer of record. An employer of record is the person who performs the functions of the employer in the consumer-directed model of service delivery and may be the individual enrolled in the waiver, a family member, caregiver, or other person.

B. Participating plans shall implement a person-centered and culturally competent POC development process. Participating plans shall also develop a process that will incorporate but not duplicate targeted case management for applicable enrollees.

C. During the first year of the CCC program, participating plans shall ensure that plans of care for all enrollees are completed within 90 days of the enrollee's enrollment. Participating plans shall honor all existing plans of care and service authorizations until the authorization ends or 180 days from an enrollee's enrollment, whichever is sooner. For EDCD Waiver individuals, the plan of care shall be developed and implemented by the participating plan no later than the end date of any existing service authorization.

D. During subsequent years of the program, participating plans shall ensure that plans of care are developed within the following timeframes:

1. Within 30 days of enrollment for EDCD Waiver participants;

2. Within 60 days of enrollment for vulnerable subpopulations (excluding EDCD Waiver participants); and

3. Within 90 days of enrollment for all other enrollees.

E. Participating plans shall incorporate information from the Uniform Assessment Instrument and the LOC determinations into the POCs for individuals in the EDCD Waiver.

F. Participating plans shall develop a process for obtaining nursing facility MDS data and incorporating that information into the POC. Participating plans shall ensure that nursing facility residents who wish to move to the community will be referred to the preadmission screening teams or the MFP program. If the individual enrolls in the MFP program, he will be disenrolled from the CCC program.

G. Participating plans shall develop a process for addressing health, safety (including minimizing risk), and welfare of the enrollee in the POC.

H. The POC shall contain the following:

1. Prioritized list of enrollee's concerns, needs, and strengths;

2. Attainable goals, outcome measures, and target dates selected by the enrollee or caregiver, or both;

3. Strategies and actions, including interventions and services to be implemented, the providers responsible for specific interventions and services, and the frequency of the interventions and strategies;

4. Progress noting success, barriers, or obstacles;

5. Enrollee's informal support network and services;

6. Back up plans as appropriate for EDCD Waiver enrollees using personal care and respite services in the event that the scheduled provider or providers are unable to provide services;

7. Determined need and plan to access community resources and noncovered services;

8. Enrollee choice of services (including consumer direction) and service providers; and

9. Elements included in the DMAS-97AB form, (which can be downloaded from https://www.virginiamedicaid.dmas.virginia.gov/wps/portal) for individuals enrolled in the EDCD Waiver.

I. Participating plans shall ensure that reassessments and POC reviews are conducted:

1. By the POC anniversary for vulnerable subpopulations (excluding EDCD Waiver participants and nursing facility residents) and all other enrollees;

2. By the POC anniversary, not to exceed 365 days for EDCD Waiver enrollees (must be face to face); and

3. Following MDS guidelines and timeframes for quarterly and annual POC development for nursing facility residents.

J. Participating plans shall ensure that POCs are revised based on triggering events, such as hospitalizations or significant changes in health or functional status.

12VAC30-121-78. Interdisciplinary care team.

A. For each enrollee, participating plans shall support an interdisciplinary care team (ICT) to ensure the integration of the enrollee's medical, behavioral health, substance abuse/use, LTSS, and social needs. The team's focus shall be person centered, built on the enrollee's specific preferences and needs, and deliver services with transparency, individualization, respect, linguistic and cultural competency, and dignity.

B. Participating plans ICTs shall employ both medical and social models of care, as appropriate for the enrollee's documented needs.

C. Participating plan members of the team shall agree to participate in approved training on the person-centered planning processes, cultural competency, accessibility and accommodations, independent living and recovery, Americans with Disabilities Act/Olmstead requirements, and wellness principles, along with other required training as specified by the Commonwealth. Participating plans shall offer training to additional members of the team such as primary care providers and specialists, as appropriate.

D. If an enrollee is receiving targeted case management services, the participating plans shall develop a mechanism to include the targeted case manager as a member of the ICT.

E. If an enrollee is identified to be eligible to transition into the community through the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement (Case: 3:12-CV-00059-JAG, available at http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/settlement/FullAgreement.pdf), the participating plan's ICT shall collaborate with the locality's community services board (CSB) or behavioral health authority, as appropriate, and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to successfully transition the enrollee into the community. The enrollee's CSB case manager shall participate as a part of the participating plan's ICT to monitor the enrollee's service needs. If the enrollee transitions into either the Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Waiver or Developmental Disability Waiver, the enrollee shall be disenrolled from the CCC program. If the enrollee transitions to the EDCD Waiver, the enrollee may remain in the CCC program.

12VAC30-121-80. Requirements for care coordination.

A. The participating plan shall provide person-centered care management functions for all enrollees.

B. All enrollees shall have access to the following supports depending on their needs and preferences; however, care management for vulnerable subpopulations shall include the items described in subdivisions 6 through 12 of this subsection:

1. A single, toll-free point of contact for all questions;

2. Ability to develop, maintain, and monitor the POC;

3. Assurance that referrals result in timely appointments;

4. Communication and education regarding available services and community resources;

5. Assistance developing self-management skills to effectively access and use services;

6. Assistance in receiving needed medical and behavioral health services, preventive services, medications, LTSS, social services, and enhanced benefits; this includes (i) setting up appointments, (ii) in-person contacts as appropriate, (iii) strong working relationships between care managers and physicians; (iv) evidence-based enrollee education programs, and (v) arranging transportation as needed;

7. Monitoring of functional and health status;

8. Seamless transitions of care across specialties and care settings;

9. Assurance that enrollees with disabilities have effective communication with health care providers and participate in making decisions with respect to treatment options;

10. Connecting enrollees to services that promote community living and help avoid premature or unnecessary nursing facility placements;

11. Coordination with social service agencies (e.g., local departments of health, local departments of social services, and community services boards) and referrals for enrollees to state, local, and other community resources; and

12. Collaboration with nursing facilities to promote adoption of evidence-based interventions to reduce avoidable hospitalizations and to include management of chronic conditions, medication optimization, prevention of falls and pressure ulcers, and coordination of services beyond the scope of the nursing facility benefit.

C. Participating plans shall develop innovative arrangements to provide care management such as:

1. Partnering or contracting, or both, with entities, such as community services boards, adult day care centers, and nursing facilities, that currently perform care management and offer support services to individuals eligible for the program;

2. Medical homes;

3. Sub-capitation, such as payment arrangement where the MMP pays its contracted providers on a capitated basis rather than a fee-for-service basis;

4. Shared savings; and

5. Performance incentives.

D. Participating plans and DMAS shall collaborate to avoid duplication of care management services provided under the program.

E. Participating plans shall be required to use one statewide F/EA to manage the F/EA services for individuals using consumer direction. The F/EA, or fiscal/employer agent, is an organization (i) operating under § 3504 of the IRS Code, IRS Revenue Procedure 70-6, and IRS Notice 2003-70 and (ii) that has a separate federal employer identification number used for the sole purpose of filing federal employment tax forms and payments on behalf of program enrollees who are receiving consumer-directed services.

12VAC30-121-83. Carved out services.

A. Carved-out services are the subset of Medicaid and Medicare covered services for which the participating plan shall not be fiscally responsible under the CCC program.

B. The services are carved out services of the CCC program and are provided under the fee-for-service system:

1. Abortions, induced (this service shall be provided under limited circumstances, e.g., when the life of the mother is endangered);

2. Targeted case management services; and

3. Dental services (in limited cases).

12VAC30-121-85. Flexible benefits.

A. Flexible benefits are those that participating plans may elect to offer to their enrollees.

B. Examples of such benefits are (i) annual physical examinations, (ii) meal benefits, (iii) preventive and comprehensive dental services for adults, (iv) eye examinations, (v) prescription eyeglasses, (vi) hearing examinations, (vii) hearing aids, and (viii) reduced or eliminated drug co-pays.

12VAC30-121-90. Capitation payment rates.

A. Capitation rates and payment rules shall be established in the MOU and three-way contract and may be adjusted by state or federal regulatory changes.

B. If other state or federal statutory changes enacted after the annual baseline determination and rate development process are jointly determined by CMS and DMAS to have a material change in baseline estimates for any given payment year, baseline estimates and corresponding standardized payment rates shall be updated outside of the annual rate development process.

C. Any and all costs incurred by the participating plan in excess of the capitation payment shall be borne in full by the plan.

D. Additional costs shall not be balance billed to the plan's enrollees.

E. Out-of-network reimbursement rules.

1. In an urgent or emergency situation, participating plans shall reimburse an out-of-network provider of emergency or urgent care at the Medicare or Medicaid FFS rate applicable for that service, or as otherwise required under Medicare Advantage rules for Medicare services. For example, where this service would traditionally be covered under Medicare FFS, the participating plan shall pay out-of-network providers the lesser of provider charges or the Medicare FFS.

2. During the 180-day transition period as outlined in the MOU, the participating plan shall honor existing service authorization timeframes and continue to provide access to the same services and providers at the same levels and rates of Medicare or Medicaid FFS payment (not to exceed 180 days) as enrollees were receiving prior to entering the participating plan.

3. Beyond this 180-day period, the participating plan will be required to offer single-case out-of-network agreements to providers that are currently serving enrollees and are willing to continue serving them at the participating plan's in-network payment rate, but are not willing to accept new patients or enroll in the participating plan's network.

12VAC30-121-100. (Reserved.)

12VAC30-121-110. Cost sharing requirements.

A. For the purposes of this section, "cost sharing" means copayments, coinsurance, or deductibles paid by an enrollee when receiving medical services.

B. Participating plans shall not charge a Medicare Part C or Part D premium nor assess any cost sharing for Medicare Part A and Part B services.

C. For drugs and pharmacy products (including those covered by both Medicare Part D and Medicaid), participating plans shall be permitted to charge co-pays to enrollees currently eligible to make such payments consistent with co-pays applicable for Medicare and Medicaid drugs, respectively. Co-pays charged by participating plans for Part D drugs shall not exceed the applicable amounts for brand and generic drugs established yearly by CMS under the Part D Low Income Subsidy.

D. Patient pay requirements, which are applicable to long-term care services, shall be detailed in the contract between CMS, DMAS, and the participating plans.

E. Participating plans shall not assess any cost sharing for DMAS services, beyond the pharmacy cost sharing amounts allowed under Medicaid coverage rules.

F. No enrollee may be balance billed by any provider for any reason for covered services or flexible benefits (see 12VAC30-121-90).

12VAC30-121-120. (Reserved.)

12VAC30-121-130. Access standards.

A. Participating plans shall have the capacity to provide, directly or by subcontracting with other qualified entities, the full continuum of Medicare and Medicaid covered services to enrollees, in accordance with the MOU, CMS guidance, and the three-way contract.

B. Network adequacy. State Medicaid standards shall be utilized for long-term services and supports or for other services for which Medicaid is exclusively responsible for payment, and Medicare standards shall be utilized for pharmacy benefits and for other services for which Medicare is primary, unless applicable Medicaid standards for such services are more stringent. Home health and durable medical equipment requirements, as well as any other services for which Medicaid and Medicare may overlap, shall be subject to the more stringent of the applicable Medicare and Medicaid standards.

C. Participating plans shall ensure that they maintain a network of providers that is sufficient in number, mix of primary care and specialty providers, and geographic distribution to meet the complex and diverse needs of the anticipated number of enrollees in the service area as defined by CMS for Medicare and defined by DMAS for Medicaid.

D. For services for which Medicaid is the traditional primary payer (including LTSS and community mental health and substance abuse services), each enrollee shall have a choice of at least two providers of each covered service type located within no more than 30 minutes travel time from any enrollee in urban areas unless the participating plan has a DMAS-approved alternative time standard. Travel time shall be determined based on driving during normal traffic conditions (i.e., not during commuting hours).

E. The participating plan shall ensure that each enrollee shall have a choice of at least two providers of each covered service type located within no more than 60 minutes travel time from any enrollee in rural areas unless the participating plan has a DMAS-approved alternative time standard.

F. DMAS shall require contractual agreements between nursing facilities and participating plans. Participating plans shall be required to contract with any nursing facility that is eligible to participate in Medicare and Medicaid and is willing to accept the participating plan payment rates and contract requirements for the time duration of the demonstration period. Participating plans shall make payments for services directly to nursing facilities.

G. For any covered services for which Medicare requires a more rigorous network adequacy standard than Medicaid (including time, distance, or minimum number of providers or facilities), the participating plan shall meet the Medicare requirements.

12VAC30-121-140. Medicare-Medicaid plans having low performance.

A. As long as the MMP is determined by DMAS to meet all plan selection requirements in the three-way contract, an interested organization that (i) is an outlier in the CMS past performance analysis for the upcoming contract year, (ii) has a low performance indicator (LPI) on the Medicare Plan Finder website for the upcoming year, or (iii) both may still qualify to offer CCC program services.

B. Such MMPs shall not be eligible to receive new enrollees (via passive enrollment) until the MMP is either (i) no longer considered by CMS to be a past performance outlier or (ii) no longer has an LPI on the Medicare Plan Finder.

C. CMS or DMAS, or both, shall determine if an MMP is eligible to accept passive enrollment prior to the scheduled date of execution of the three-way contract.

D. An MMP that is ineligible to receive passive enrollment shall only be able to enroll (i) individuals who are currently enrolled in another Medicare or Medicaid managed care plan sponsored by the same organization and (ii) individuals who opt in to the organization's MMP.

12VAC30-121-145. Sanctions for noncompliance.

A. DMAS may impose intermediate sanctions, which may include any of the types described in subsection C of this section, or terminate the MMP's contract if the MMP:

1. Fails substantially to provide medically necessary items and services that are required under law or under the MMP's contract with DMAS to be provided under the contract;

2. Imposes premiums or charges on enrollees in excess of the premiums or charges permitted under this chapter;

3. Acts to discriminate among enrollees on the basis of their health status or requirements for health care services, including expulsion or refusal to reenroll an individual, except as permitted by this chapter, or engages in any practice that would reasonably be expected to have the effect of denying or discouraging enrollment with the organization by eligible individuals whose medical conditions or histories indicate a need for substantial future medical services;

4. Misrepresents or falsifies information that is furnished to either:

a. The Secretary or DMAS under this chapter; or

b. To an enrollee, potential enrollee, or a health care provider under this chapter; or

5. Fails to comply with the applicable requirements of 42 USC § 1396b(m)(2)(A)(x).

B. DMAS may also impose such intermediate sanction against an MMP if DMAS determines that the MMP distributed directly or through any agent or independent contractor marketing materials in violation of 12VAC30-121-250.

C. The sanctions shall be as follows:

1. Civil money penalties.

a. Except as provided in subdivision 1 b, 1 c, or 1 d of this subsection, not more than $25,000 for each determination under subsection A of this section.

b. With respect to a determination under subdivision A 3 or A 4 a of this section, not more than $100,000 for each such determination.

c. With respect to a determination under subdivision A 2 of this section, double the excess amount charged in violation, and the excess amount charged shall be deducted from the penalty and returned to the individual concerned.

d. Subject to subsection 1 b of this subsection, with respect to a determination under subdivision A 3 of this section, $15,000 for each individual not enrolled as a result of a practice described in subdivision A 3.

2. The appointment of temporary management.

a. To oversee the operation of the MMP upon a finding by DMAS that there is continued egregious behavior by the organization or there is a substantial risk to the health of enrollees;

b. To assure the health of the organization's enrollees if there is a need for temporary management while there is an orderly termination or reorganization of the organization; or

c. To make improvements to remedy the violations found under subsection A of this section except that temporary management under this subdivision 2 may not be terminated until DMAS has determined that the MMP has the capability to ensure that the violations shall not recur.

3. Requiring the MMP (i) to permit individuals enrolled with the MMP to terminate enrollment without cause and (ii) to notify such individuals of such right to terminate enrollment.

4. Suspension or default of all enrollment of individuals under this chapter after the date the Secretary or DMAS notifies the MMP of a determination of a violation of any requirement of 42 USC § 1396b(m) or this section.

5. Suspension of payment to the entity under this chapter for individuals enrolled after the date the Secretary or DMAS notifies the MMP of such a determination and until the Secretary or DMAS is satisfied that the basis for such determination has been corrected and is not likely to recur.

12VAC30-121-150. Continuity of care.

A. As provided by the MOU and the three-way contract, participating plans shall be required to provide or arrange for all medically necessary services, whether by subcontract or by single-case agreement, in order to meet the health care and support needs of their enrollees.

B. Participating plans shall allow enrollees to maintain their current Medicaid providers (including out-of-network providers) for up to 180 days from enrollment. Participating plans shall also allow enrollees to maintain their previously authorized Medicaid services, including frequency and payment rate, for the duration of the prior authorization or for 180 days from enrollment, whichever is less. This shall not apply to enrollees residing in a nursing facility on the date of each region's program implementation.

C. Enrollees in nursing facilities at the time of program implementation may remain in the facility, or move to another nursing facility, as long as they continue to meet DMAS criteria for nursing facility care. In order to move to another nursing facility, the enrollee or his family, or both as may be appropriate, has to agree to the move.

D. During the 180-day period specified in subsection B of this section, change from an existing Medicaid provider can only occur in the following circumstances:

1. The enrollee requests a change;

2. The provider chooses to discontinue providing services to an enrollee as currently allowed by Medicare or Medicaid;

3. The participating plan, CMS, or DMAS identifies provider performance issues that affect the enrollee's health and welfare; or

4. The provider is excluded from participation in Medicare and Medicaid under state or federal exclusion requirements pursuant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General List of Excluded Individuals or Entities (LEIE) website. Immediately report in writing to DMAS any exclusion information discovered to (i) DMAS, ATTN: Program Integrity/Exclusions, 600 East Broad Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA 23219 or (ii) providerexclusion@dmas.virginia.gov.

E. Out-of-network reimbursement rules. See 12VAC30-121-90 for requirements for out-of-network reimbursement.

12VAC30-121-160. (Reserved.)

12VAC30-121-170. Model of care.

A. For the purposes of this section, "model of care" or "MOC" means a comprehensive plan that (i) describes the plan's population; (ii) identifies measurable goals for providing high quality care and improving the health of the enrolled population; (iii) describes the plan's staff structure and care management roles; (iv) describes the interdisciplinary care team and the system for disseminating the model of care to plan staff and network providers; and (v) contains other information designed to ensure that the plans provide services that meet the needs of enrollees.

B. All participating plans in partnership with contracted providers shall implement an evidence-based model of care. Participating plans shall meet all CMS MOC standards for Special Needs Plans as well as additional requirements established in the contract by the Commonwealth. The Virginia-specific MOC elements are in addition to CMS elements; likewise, the CMS and DMAS reviews and approvals are separate processes. Participating plans shall obtain approvals from both CMS and DMAS before a MOC is considered final and approved.

C. Participating plans shall be permitted to cure problems with their MOC submissions after their initial submissions. Participating plans with MOCs scoring below 85% shall have the opportunity to improve their scores based on CMS and DMAS feedback on the elements and factors that require improvement. At the end of the review process, MOCs that do not meet CMS standards for approval will not be eligible for selection as participating plans. CMS standards for approval are issued to the states and made available on the DMAS website at http://www.dmas.virginia.gov/Content_atchs/altc/altc-fp1.pdf.

12VAC30-121-180. (Reserved.)

12VAC30-121-190. State fair hearing process.

A. Notwithstanding the provisions of 12VAC30-110-10 through 12VAC30-110-370, the provisions of this section govern state fair hearings for individuals enrolled in the CCC program.

B. The Appeals Division maintains an appeals and fair hearings system for enrollees (also referred to as appellants) to challenge appeal decisions rendered by participating plans in response to enrollee appeals of actions related to Medicaid services. Exhaustion of the participating plan's appeals process is a prerequisite to filing for a state fair hearing with the department. Appellants who meet criteria for a state fair hearing shall be entitled to a hearing before a department hearing officer.

C. The participating plan shall conduct an internal appeal hearing, pursuant to 42 CFR Part 431 Subpart E, 42 CFR Part 438, and 12VAC30-110-10 through 12VAC30-110-370, and issue a written decision that includes its findings and information regarding the appellant's right to file an appeal with DMAS for a state fair hearing for Medicaid appeals.

D. Enrollees must be notified in writing of the participating plan's internal appeals process:

1. At the time of the request for services;

2. With the evidence of coverage; and

3. Upon receipt of a notice of action from the participating plan.

E. Enrollees must be notified in writing of their right to an external appeal upon receipt of the participating plan's internal appeal decision.

F. An appellant shall have the right to representation by an attorney or other individual of his choice at all stages of an appeal.

1. For those appellants who wish to have a representative, a representative shall be designated in a written statement that is signed by the appellant whose Medicaid benefits were adversely affected. If the appellant is physically unable to sign a written statement, the division shall allow a family member or other person acting on the appellant's behalf to be the representative. If the appellant is mentally unable to sign a written statement, the division shall require written documentation that a family member or other person has been appointed or designated as his legal representative.

2. If the representative is an attorney or a paralegal working under the supervision of an attorney, a signed statement by such attorney or paralegal that he is authorized to represent the appellant prepared on the attorney's letterhead shall be accepted as a designation of representation.

3. A member of the same law firm as a designated representative shall have the same rights as the designated representative.

4. An appellant may revoke representation by another person at any time. The revocation is effective when the department receives written notice from the appellant.

G. Anywritten ] communication from an enrollee or his representative that clearly expresses that he wants to present his case to a reviewing authority shall constitute an appeal request.

1. This communication should explain the basis for the appeal of the participating plan's internal appeal decision.

2. The enrollee or his representative may examine witnesses or documents, or both; provide testimony; submit evidence; and advance relevant arguments during the hearing.

H. Appeals to the state fair hearing process shall be made to the DMAS Appeals Divisionin writing, with the exception of expedited appeals, and may be made ] via U.S. mail, fax transmission,hand delivery telephone, email ],in person, ] orthrough other commonly available ] electronictransmission means ].

I. Expedited appeals referenced in subsection L of this section may be filed by telephone, or any of the methods set forth in subsection H of this section.

J. Participating plans shall continue benefits while the participating plan's appeal or the state fair hearing is pending when all of the following criteria are met:

1. The enrollee or representative files the appeal within 10 calendar days of the mail date of the participating plan's internal appeal decision;

2. The appeal involves the termination, suspension, or reduction of a previously authorized course of treatment;

3. The services were ordered by an authorized provider;

4. The original period covered by the initial authorization has not expired; and

5. The enrollee requests continuation of benefits.

K. After the final resolution and if the final resolution of the appeal is adverse to the enrollee (e.g., participating plan's internal appeal is upheld), the participating plan may recover the costs of services furnished to the enrollee while the appeal was pending, to the extent they were furnished solely because of the pending appeal.

L. The department shall maintain an expedited process for appeals when an appellant's treating provider certifies that taking the time for a standard resolution could seriously jeopardize the enrollee's life or health or ability to attain, maintain, or regain maximum function. Expedited appeal decisions shall be issued as expeditiously as the enrollee's health condition requires, but no later than three business days after the agency receives a fair hearing request on an appeal decision to uphold denial of a service that it determines meets the criteria for expedited resolution.

12VAC30-121-195. Appeal timeframes.

A. Appeals to the Medicaid state fair hearing process must be filed with the DMAS Appeals Division within 60 days of the date of the participating plan's internal appeal decision, unless the time period is extended by DMAS upon a finding of good cause in accordance with state fair hearing regulations.

B. It is presumed that appellants will receive the participating plan's internal appeal decision five days after the participating plan mails it unless the appellant shows that he did not receive the notice within the five-day period.

C. A request for appeal on the grounds that the participating plan has not acted with reasonable promptness in response to an internal appeal request may be filed at any time until the participating plan has acted.

D. The date of filing shall be the date the request is postmarked if mailed, or the date the request is received by the department if delivered other than by mail.

E. Documents postmarked on or before a time limit's expiration shall be accepted as timely.

F. In computing any time period under these regulations, the day of the act or event from which the designated period of time begins to run shall be excluded and the last day included. If a time limit would expire on a Saturday, Sunday, or state or federal holiday, it shall be extended until the next regular business day.

G. An extension of the 60-day period for filing a request for appeal may be granted for good cause shown. Examples of good cause include, but are not limited to, the following situations:

1. Appellant was seriously ill and was prevented by illness from contacting DMAS;

2. The participating plan's decision was not sent to the appellant. The plan may rebut this claim by evidence that the decision was mailed to the appellant's last known address or that the decision was received by the appellant;

3. Appellant sent the request for appeal to another government agency or another division within DMAS that is not the Appeals Division in good faith within the time limit; or

4. Unusual or unavoidable circumstances prevented a timely filing.

H. During the first year of the program, appeals shall be heard and decisions issued within 90 days of the postmark date (if delivered by U.S. mail) or receipt date (if delivered by any method other than U.S. mail).

I. The timeframes for issuing decisions will change to 75 days (during the second year of the program), and 30 days (during the third year of the program and thereafter).

J. Exceptions to standard appeal resolution timeframes. Decisions may be issued beyond the standard appeal resolution timeframes when the appellant or his representative requests or causes a delay. Decisions may also be issued beyond the standard appeal resolution timeframe when any of the following circumstances exist:

1. The appellant or representative requests to reschedule or continue the hearing;

2. The appellant or representative provides good cause for failing to keep a scheduled hearing appointment, and the Appeals Division reschedules the hearing;

3. Inclement weather, unanticipated system outage, or the department's closure that prevents the hearing officer's ability to work;

4. Following a hearing, the hearing officer orders an independent medical assessment as described in 12VAC30-121-210;

5. The hearing officer leaves the hearing record open after the hearing in order to receive additional evidence or argument from the appellant;

6. The hearing officer receives additional evidence from a person other than the appellant or his representative and the appellant requests to comment on such evidence in writing or to have the hearing reconvened to respond to such evidence; or

7. The Appeals Division determines that there is a need for additional information and documents how the delay is in the appellant's best interest.

K. For delays requested or caused by an appellant or his representative the delay date for the decision will be calculated as follows:

1. If an appellant or representative requests or causes a delay within 30 days of the request for a hearing, the 90-day time limit will be extended by the number of days from the date when the first hearing was scheduled until the date to which the hearing is rescheduled.

2. If an appellant or representative requests or causes a delay within 31 to 60 days of the request for a hearing, the 90-day time limit will be extended by 1.5 times the number of days from the date when the first hearing was scheduled until the date to which the hearing is rescheduled.

3. If an appellant or representative requests or causes a delay within 61 to 90 days of the request for a hearing, the 90-day time limit will be extended by two times the number of days from the date when the first hearing was scheduled until the date to which the hearing is rescheduled.

L. Post hearing delays requested or caused by an appellant or representative (e.g., requests for the record to be left open) will result in a day-for-day delay for the decision date. The department shall provide the appellant and representative with written notice of the reason for the decision delay and the delayed decision date, if applicable.

12VAC30-121-200. Prehearing decisions.

A. If the Appeals Division determines that any of the conditions as described in this subsection exist, a hearing will not be held, and the appeal process shall be terminated.

1. A request for appeal may be invalidated if:

a. It was not filed within the time limit imposed by 12VAC30-121-195 or extended pursuant to 12VAC30-121-195 J, and the hearing officer sends a letter to the appellant for an explanation as to why the appeal request was not filed timely, and

(1) The appellant did not reply to the hearing officer's request within 10 calendar days for an explanation that met good cause criteria, or

(2) The appellant did reply and the hearing officer had sufficient facts to determine that the reply did not meet good cause criteria pursuant to 12VAC30-121-195.

b. The individual who filed the appeal (filer) is not the appellant, or parent of a minor appellant, and the hearing officer sends a letter to the filer requesting proof of his authority to appeal on behalf of the appellant, and

(1) The filer did not reply to the hearing officer's request for authorization to represent the appellant within 10 calendar days, or

(2) The filer did reply and the hearing officer determined that the authorization submitted was insufficient to allow the filer to represent the appellant under the provisions of 12VAC30-121-190 F.

2. A request for appeal may be administratively dismissed if:

a. The participating plan's internal appeals process was not exhausted prior to the enrollee's request for a state fair hearing;

b. The issue of the appeal is not related to the participating plan's internal appeal decision;

c. The action being appealed was not taken by DMAS or the participating plan;

d. The services denied or terminated were Medicare covered services; or

e. The sole issue is a federal or state law requiring an automatic change adversely affecting some or all beneficiaries.

3. An appeal case may be closed if:

a. The Appeals Division schedules a hearing and sends a written schedule letter notifying the appellant or his representative of the date, time, and location of the hearing; the appellant or his representative failed to appear at the scheduled hearing; and the hearing officer sends a letter to the appellant for an explanation as to why he failed to appear, and

(1) The appellant did not reply to the hearing officer's request within 10 calendar days for an explanation that met good cause criteria, or

(2) The appellant did reply and the hearing officer determined that the reply did not meet good cause criteria.

b. The Appeals Division sends a written schedule letter requesting that the appellant or his representative provide a telephone number at which he can be reached for a telephonic hearing, and the appellant or his representative failed to respond within 10 calendar days to the hearing officer's request for a telephone number at which he could be reached for a telephonic hearing.

c. The appellant or his representative withdraws the appeal requestin writing ].If the appeal request is withdrawn orally, the Appeals Division shall (i) record the individual's statement and telephonic signature and (ii) send the affected individual written confirmation, via regular mail or electronic notification, in accordance with the individual's election. ]

d. The participating plan approves the full amount, duration, and scope of services requested.

e. The evidence in the record shows that the participating plan's decision was clearly in error and that the case should be fully resolved in the appellant's favor.

B. The appellant shall have no opportunity to seek judicial review except in cases where the hearing officer receives and analyzes a response from the appellant or representative as described in subdivisions A 1 a (2), A 1 b (2), and A 3 a (2), and subsection C of this section.

C. Remand to the participating plan. If the hearing officer determines from the record, without conducting a hearing, that the case might be resolved in the appellant's favor if the participating plan obtains and develops additional information, documentation, or verification, the hearing officer may remand the case to the participating plan for action consistent with the hearing officer's written instructions pursuant to 12VAC30-121-210 I.

D. A letter shall be sent to the appellant or his representative that explains the determination made on his appeal.

12VAC30-121-210. Hearing process and final decision.

A. All hearings must be scheduled at a reasonable time, date, and place, and the appellant and his representative shall be notified in writing at least 15 days before the hearing.

1. The hearing location will be determined by the Appeals Division.

2. A hearing shall be rescheduled at the appellant's request no more than twice unless compelling reasons exist.

3. Rescheduling the hearing at the appellant's request will result in automatic waiver of the 90-day (or 75-day or 30-day) deadline for resolution of the appeal. The delay date for the decision will be calculated as set forth in 12VAC30-121-195 K.

B. The hearing shall be conducted by one or more hearing officers or other impartial individuals who have not been directly involved in the initial determination of the action in question or in the participating plan's appeal decision process. The hearing officer shall review the complete record for all participating plan decisions that are properly appealed, conduct informal, fact-gathering hearings, evaluate evidence presented, research the issues, and render a written final decision.

C. Subject to the requirements of all applicable federal and state laws regarding privacy, confidentiality, disclosure, and personally identifiable information, the appeal record shall be made accessible to the appellant and representative at a convenient place and time before the date of the hearing, as well as during the hearing. The appellant and his representative may examine the content of the appellant's case file and all documents and records the department will rely on at the hearing except those records excluded by law.

D. Appellants who require the attendance of witnesses or the production of records, memoranda, papers, and other documents at the hearing may request in writing the issuance of a subpoena. The request must be received by the department at least 10 working days before the scheduled hearing. Such request shall (i) include the witness's or respondent's name, home and work addresses, county or city of work and residence, and (ii) identify the sheriff's office that will serve the subpoena.

E. The hearing officer shall conduct the hearing; decide on questions of evidence, procedure, and law; question witnesses; and assure that the hearing remains relevant to the issue or issues being appealed. The hearing officer shall control the conduct of the hearing and decide who may participate in or observe the hearing.

F. Hearings shall be conducted in an informal, nonadversarial manner. The appellant or his representative shall have the right to bring witnesses, establish all pertinent facts and circumstances; present an argument without undue interference, and question or refute the testimony or evidence, including the opportunity to confront and cross-examine agency representatives.

G. The rules of evidence shall not strictly apply. All relevant, nonrepetitive evidence may be admitted, but the probative weight of the evidence will be evaluated by the hearing officer.

H. The hearing officer may leave the hearing record open for a specified period of time after the hearing in order to receive additional evidence or argument from the appellant or his representative.

1. The hearing officer may order an independent medical assessment when the appeal involves medical issues, such as a diagnosis, an examining physician's report, or a medical review team's decision, and the hearing officer determines that it is necessary to have an assessment by someone other than the person or team who made the original decision (e.g., to obtain more detailed medical findings about the impairments, to obtain technical or specialized medical information, or to resolve conflicts or differences in medical findings or assessments in the existing evidence). A medical assessment ordered pursuant to this regulation shall be at the department's expense and shall become part of the record.

2. The hearing officer may receive evidence that was not presented by either party if the record indicates that such evidence exists, and the appellant or his representative requests to submit it or requests that the hearing officer secure it.

3. If the hearing officer receives additional evidence from an entity other than the appellant or his representative, the hearing officer shall send a copy of such evidence to the appellant and his representative and give the appellant or his representative the opportunity to comment on such evidence in writing or to have the hearing reconvened to respond to such evidence.

4. Any additional evidence received will become a part of the hearing record, but the hearing officer must determine whether or not it will be used in making the decision.

I. After conducting the hearing, reviewing the record, and deciding questions of law, the hearing officer shall issue a written final decision that either sustains or reverses the participating plan's action or remands the case to the participating plan for further evaluation consistent with his written instructions. Some decisions may be a combination of these dispositions. The hearing officer's final decision shall be considered as the department's final administrative action pursuant to 42 CFR 431.244(f). The final decision shall include:

1. Identification of the issue or issues;

2. Relevant facts, to include a description of the procedural development of the case;

3. Conclusions of law, regulations, and policy that relate to the issue or issues;

4. Discussions, analysis of the accuracy of the participating plan's decision, conclusions, and hearing officer's decision;

5. Further action, if any, to be taken by the participating plan to implement the decision;

6. The deadline date by which further action must be taken; and

7. A cover letter informing the appellant and his representative of the hearing officer's decision. The letter must indicate that the hearing officer's decision is final, and that the final decision may be appealed directly to circuit court.

J. A copy of the hearing record shall be forwarded to the appellant and his representative with the final decision.

K. An appellant who disagrees with the hearing officer's final decision described in this section may seek judicial review pursuant to the Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia) and Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Part Two A. Written instructions for requesting judicial review must be provided to the appellant or his representative with the hearing officer's decision, and upon request by the appellant or representative.

12VAC30-121-220. Division appeal records.

A. No person shall take from the division's custody any original record, paper, document, or exhibit that has been certified to the division except as the Appeals Division director or his designee authorizes, or as may be necessary to furnish or transmit copies for other official purposes.

B. Information in the appellant's record can be released only to the appellant, his authorized representative, the participating plan, other entities for official purposes, and other persons named in a release of information authorization signed by an appellant or his representative.

C. The fees to be charged and collected for any copy of division records will be in accordance with Virginia's Freedom of Information Act (§ 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia) or other controlling law.

D. When copies are requested from records in the division's custody, the required fee shall be waived if the copies are requested in connection with an enrollee's own appeal.

12VAC30-121-230. Provider appeals.

A. The Appeals Division maintains an appeal process for enrolled providers of Medicaid services who have rendered services and are requesting to challenge a participating plan's internal appeal of an adverse decision regarding payment. The participating plan's internal appeal process is a prerequisite to filing for an external appeal to the department's appeal process. The appeal process is available to (i) enrolled Medicaid service providers that have rendered services and have been denied payment in whole or part for Medicaid covered services and (ii) enrolled Medicaid service providers who have received a Notice of Program Reimbursement or overpayment demand from the department or its contractors.

B. Department provider appeals shall be conducted in accordance with the department's provider appeal regulations (12VAC30-20-500 et seq.), § 32.1-325 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, and the Virginia Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia).

C. The department's external appeal decision shall be binding upon the participating plan and not subject to further appeal by the participating plan.

D. If the provider is successful in its appeal, then the MMP shall reimburse it for the appealed issue.

12VAC30-121-240. (Reserved.)

12VAC30-121-250. Marketing and enrollee communication standards for participating plans.

A. Participating plans shall be subject to rules governing their marketing and enrollee communications as specified under §§ 1851(h) and 1932(d)(2) of the Social Security Act; 42 CFR 422.111, 42 CFR 422.2260 et seq., 42 CFR 423.120(b) and (c), 42 CFR 423.128, and 42 CFR 423.2260 et seq.; and the Medicare Marketing Guidelines (Chapter 2 of the Medicare Managed Care Manual and Chapter 3 of the Prescription Drug Benefit Manual).

1. Participating plans shall not be allowed to market directly to potential enrollees. Instead, plans may participate in group marketing events, provide general audience materials (such as general circulation brochures, and media and billboard advertisements), and provide responses to individual-initiated requests for enrollment.

2. Participating plans shall receive prior approval of all marketing and enrollee communications materials except those that are exempt pursuant to 42 CFR 422.2262(b) and 42 CFR 423.2262(b).

3. Participating plans shall not begin marketing activity earlier than 90 days prior to the effective date of enrollment for the contract year.

B. At a minimum, participating plans will provide current and prospective enrollees the following materials, subject to the rules regarding content and timing of enrollee receipt as applicable under § 1851(h) of the Social Security Act, 42 CFR 422.111, 42 CFR 422.2260 et seq., 42 CFR 423.120(b) and (c), 42 CFR 423.128, 42 CFR 423.2260 et seq., 42 CFR 438.10, 42 CFR 438.104, the three-way contract, and the Medicare Marketing Guidelines.

C. Notification of formulary changes. The requirement at 42 CFR 423.120(b)(5) that participating plans provide at least 60 days advance notice regarding Medicare Part D formulary changes also applies to participating plans for outpatient prescription or over-the-counter drugs or products covered under Medicaid or as additional benefits.

NOTICE: The following forms used in administering the regulation were filed by the agency. The forms are not being published; however, online users of this issue of the Virginia Register of Regulations may click on the name of a form with a hyperlink to access it. The forms are also available from the agency contact or may be viewed at the Office of the Registrar of Regulations, 900 East Main Street, 11th Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

FORMS (12VAC30-121)

Agency or Consumer Direction Provider Plan of Care, DMAS-97A/B (rev. 3/10)

Commonwealth Coordinated Care Enrollment Application Form

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE (12VAC30-121)

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Commonwealth of Virginia Regarding a Federal-State Partnership to Test a Capitated Financial Alignment Model for Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees (Commonwealth Coordinated Care), signed May 21, 2013

Medical Marketing Guidelines, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, revised June 17, 2014

VA.R. Doc. No. R15-3786; Filed June 19, 2017, 7:55 a.m.
TITLE 14. INSURANCE
STATE CORPORATION COMMISSION
Proposed Regulation

TITLE 14. INSURANCE

STATE CORPORATION COMMISSION

Proposed Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The State Corporation Commission is claiming an exemption from the Administrative Process Act in accordance with § 2.2-4002 A 2 of the Code of Virginia, which exempts courts, any agency of the Supreme Court, and any agency that by the Constitution is expressly granted any of the powers of a court of record.

Title of Regulation: 14VAC5-170. Rules Governing Minimum Standards for Medicare Supplement Policies (amending 14VAC5-170-30, 14VAC5-170-60, 14VAC5-170-85, 14VAC5-170-150; adding 14VAC5-170-87).

Statutory Authority: §§ 12.1-13 and 38.2-223 of the Code of Virginia.

Public Hearing Information: A public hearing will be held upon request.

Public Comment Deadline: August 10, 2017.

Agency Contact: James Young, Policy Advisor, Policy and Compliance Division, Bureau of Insurance, State Corporation Commission, 1300 East Main Street, 6th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219, mailing address: P.O. Box 1157, Richmond, VA 23218, telephone (804) 371-9612, FAX (804) 371994, or email james.young@scc.virginia.gov.

Summary:

The proposed amendments (i) conform the regulations to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which prohibits the sale of Medigap policies that cover Part B deductibles to newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries, defined as those individuals who have attained age 65 years on or after January 1, 2020, or first become eligible for Medicare due to age, disability, or end-stage renal disease on or after January 1, 2020, and (ii) update deductible amounts.

AT RICHMOND, JUNE 20, 2017

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, ex rel.

STATE CORPORATION COMMISSION

CASE NO. INS-2017-00141

Ex Parte: In the matter of Amending
the Rules Governing Minimum Standards
for Medicare Supplement Policies

ORDER TO TAKE NOTICE

Section 12.1-13 of the Code of Virginia ("Code") provides that the State Corporation Commission ("Commission") shall have the power to promulgate rules and regulations in the enforcement and administration of all laws within its jurisdiction, and § 38.2-223 of the Code provides that the Commission may issue any rules and regulations necessary or appropriate for the administration and enforcement of Title 38.2 of the Code.

The rules and regulations issued by the Commission pursuant to § 38.2-223 of the Code are set forth in Title 14 of the Virginia Administrative Code. A copy may also be found at the Commission's website: http://www.scc.virginia.gov/case.

The Bureau of Insurance ("Bureau") has submitted to the Commission proposed amendments to rules set forth in Chapter 170 of Title 14 of the Virginia Administrative Code entitled Rules Governing Minimum Standards for Medicare Supplement Policies, 14 VAC 5-170-10 et seq. ("Rules"), which amend the Rules at 14 VAC 5-170-30, 14 VAC 5-170-60, 14 VAC 5-170-85, and 14 VAC 5-170-150, and add a new Rule at 14 VAC 5-170-87.

The amendments to the Rules are necessary to conform to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 ("MACRA"), which was signed into law on April 16, 2015. This piece of legislation prohibits the sale of Medigap policies that cover Part B deductibles to "newly eligible" Medicare beneficiaries, defined as those individuals who have attained age 65 on or after January 1, 2020, or first become eligible for Medicare due to age, disability, or end-stage renal disease on or after January 1, 2020. In addition to the changes made pursuant to MACRA, the proposed amendments include updated deductible amounts.

NOW THE COMMISSION is of the opinion that the proposed amendments submitted by the Bureau to amend the Rules at 14 VAC 5-170-30, 14 VAC 5-170-60, 14 VAC 5-170-85, and 14 VAC 5-170-150, and add a new Rule at 14 VAC 5-170-87, should be considered for adoption.

Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED THAT:

(1) The proposal to amend the Rules at 14 VAC 5-170-30, 14 VAC 5-170-60, 14 VAC 5-170-85, and 14 VAC 5-170-150, and add a new Rule at 14 VAC 5-170-87, is attached hereto and made a part hereof.

(2) All interested persons who desire to comment in support of or in opposition to, or request a hearing to consider the amendments to the Rules, shall file such comments or hearing request on or before August 10, 2017, with Joel H. Peck, Clerk, State Corporation Commission, c/o Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218. Interested persons desiring to submit comments electronically may do so by following the instructions at the Commission's website:  http://www.scc.virginia.gov/case. All comments shall refer to Case No. INS-2017-00141.

(3) If no written request for a hearing on the proposal to amend the Rules is received on or before August 10, 2017, the Commission, upon consideration of any comments submitted in support of or in opposition to the proposal, may amend the Rules.

(4) The Bureau forthwith shall provide notice to all health insurance issuers licensed to issue policies of accident and sickness insurance, subscription contracts, or evidences of coverage in this Commonwealth and to all interested persons.

(5) The Commission's Division of Information Resources forthwith shall cause a copy of this Order, together with the proposal to amend the Rules, to be forwarded to the Virginia Registrar of Regulations for appropriate publication in the Virginia Register of Regulations.

(6) The Commission's Division of Information Resources shall make available this Order and the attached proposed amendment to the Rules on the Commission's website: http://www.scc.virginia.gov/case.

(7) The Bureau shall file with the Clerk of the Commission an affidavit of compliance with the notice requirements of Ordering Paragraph (4) above.

(8) This matter is continued.

AN ATTESTED COPY hereof shall be sent by the Clerk of the Commission to:  Kiva B. Pierce, Assistant Attorney General, Division of Consumer Counsel, Office of the Attorney General, 202 N. 9th Street, 8th Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219-3424; and a copy hereof shall be delivered to the Commission's Office of General Counsel and the Bureau of Insurance in care of Deputy Commissioner Julie S. Blauvelt.

14VAC5-170-30. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"1990 standardized Medicare supplement benefit plan," "1990 standardized benefit plan" or "1990 plan" means a group or individual policy of Medicare supplement insurance issued on or after July 30, 1992, and with an effective date for coverage prior to June 1, 2010, and includes Medicare supplement insurance policies and certificates renewed on or after that date that are not replaced by the issuer at the request of the insured.

"2010 standardized Medicare supplement benefit plan," "2010 standardized benefit plan" or "2010 plan" means a group or individual policy of Medicare supplement insurance issued with an effective date for coverage on or after June 1, 2010.

"Applicant" means:

1. In the case of an individual Medicare supplement policy, the person who seeks to contract for insurance benefits; and

2. In the case of a group Medicare supplement policy, the proposed certificateholder.

"Attained age rating" means a premium structure under which premiums are based on the covered individual's age at the time of application of the policy or certificate, and for which premiums increase based on the covered individual's increase in age during the life of the policy or certificate.

"Bankruptcy" means when a Medicare Advantage organization that is not an issuer has filed, or has had filed against it, a petition for declaration of bankruptcy and has ceased doing business in this Commonwealth.

"Certificate" means any certificate delivered or issued for delivery in this Commonwealth under a group Medicare supplement policy.

"Certificate form" means the form on which the certificate is delivered or issued for delivery by the issuer.

"Community rating" means a premium structure under which premium rates are the same for all covered individuals of all ages in a given area.

"Continuous period of creditable coverage" means the period during which an individual was covered by creditable coverage, if during the period of the coverage the individual did not have a break in coverage greater than 63 days.

"Creditable coverage" means, with respect to an individual, coverage of the individual provided under any of the following:

1. A group health plan;

2. Health insurance coverage;

3. Part A or Part B of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act of 1935 (Medicare) (42 USC § 1395 et seq.);

4. Title XIX of the Social Security Act of 1935 (Medicaid) (42 USC § 1396 et seq.), other than coverage consisting solely of benefits under § 1928;

5. Chapter 55 of Title 10 of the United States Code (CHAMPUS) (TRICARE) (10 USC§§ 1071-1107);

6. A medical care program of the Indian Health Service or of a tribal organization;

7. A state health benefits risk pool;

8. A health plan offered under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959 (5 USC §§ 8901-8914);

9. A public health plan as defined in federal regulation; and

10. A health benefit plan under § 5(e) of the Peace Corps Act of 1961 (22 USC § 2504(e)).

"Creditable coverage" shall not include one or more, or any combination of, the following:

1. Coverage only for accident or disability income insurance, or any combination thereof;

2. Coverage issued as a supplement to liability insurance;

3. Liability insurance, including general liability insurance and automobile liability insurance;

4. Workers' compensation or similar insurance;

5. Automobile medical expense insurance;

6. Credit-only insurance;

7. Coverage for on-site medical clinics; and

8. Other similar insurance coverage, specified in federal regulations, under which benefits for medical care are secondary or incidental to other insurance benefits.

"Creditable coverage" shall not include the following benefits if they are provided under a separate policy, certificate or contract of insurance or are otherwise not an integral part of the plan:

1. Limited scope dental or vision benefits;

2. Benefits for long-term care, nursing home care, home health care, community-based care or any combination thereof; and

3. Such other similar, limited benefits as are specified in federal regulations.

"Creditable coverage" shall not include the following benefits if offered as independent, noncoordinated benefits:

1. Coverage only for a specified disease or illness; and

2. Hospital indemnity or other fixed indemnity insurance.

"Creditable coverage" shall not include the following if it is offered as a separate policy, certificate or contract of insurance:

1. Medicare supplement health insurance as defined under § 1882(g)(1) of the Social Security Act of 1935 (42 USC § 1395ss);

2. Coverage supplemental to the coverage provided under Chapter 55 of Title 10 of the United States Code (10 USC §§ 1071-1107); and

3. Similar supplemental coverage provided to coverage under a group health plan.

"Employee welfare benefit plan" means a plan, fund or program of employee benefits as defined in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 USC § 1002).

"Insolvency" means when an issuer, duly licensed to transact an insurance business in this Commonwealth in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 10, 41, 42 or 43, respectively, of Title 38.2 of the Code of Virginia, is determined to be insolvent and placed under a final order of liquidation by a court of competent jurisdiction.

"Issue age rating" means a premium structure based upon the covered individual's age at the time of purchase of the policy or certificate. Under an issue age rating structure, premiums do not increase due to the covered individual's increase in age during the life of the policy or certificate.

"Issuer" includes insurance companies, fraternal benefit societies, corporations licensed pursuant to Chapter 42 of Title 38.2 of the Code of Virginia to offer health services plans, health maintenance organizations, and any other entity delivering or issuing for delivery in this Commonwealth Medicare supplement policies or certificates.

"Medicare" means the "Health Insurance for the Aged Act," Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 USC § 1395 et seq.), as then constituted or later amended.

"Medicare Advantage plan" means a plan of coverage for health benefits under Medicare Part C as defined in § 1859 (42 USC § 1395w-28(b)(1) of the Social Security Act, and includes:

1. Coordinated care plans which that provide health care services, including but not limited to health maintenance organization plans (with or without a point-of-service option), plans offered by provider-sponsored organizations, and preferred provider organization plans;

2. Medical savings account plans coupled with a contribution into a Medicare Advantage medical savings account; and

3. Medicare Advantage private fee-for-service plans.

"Medicare supplement policy" means a group or individual policy of accident and sickness insurance or a subscriber contract of health service plans or health maintenance organizations, other than a policy issued pursuant to a contract under § 1876 of the federal Social Security Act of 1935 (42 USC § 1395 et seq.) or an issued policy under a demonstration project specified in 42 USC § 1395ss(g)(1), which is advertised, marketed or designed primarily as a supplement to reimbursements under Medicare for the hospital, medical or surgical expenses of persons eligible for Medicare. "Medicare supplement policy" does not include Medicare Advantage plans established under Medicare Part C, Outpatient Prescription Drug plans established under Medicare Part D, or any Health Care Prepayment Plan that provides benefits pursuant to an agreement under § 1833(a)(1)(A) of the Social Security Act.

"Policy form" means the form on which the policy is delivered or issued for delivery by the issuer.

"Prestandardized Medicare supplement benefit plan," "prestandardized benefit plan" or "prestandardized plan" means a group or individual policy of Medicare supplement insurance issued prior to July 30, 1992.

"Secretary" means the Secretary of the United States U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

14VAC5-170-60. Minimum benefit standards for prestandardized Medicare supplement benefits plan policies or certificates issued for delivery prior to July 30, 1992.

A. No policy or certificate may be advertised, solicited or issued for delivery in this Commonwealth as a Medicare supplement policy or certificate unless it meets or exceeds the following minimum standards. These are minimum standards and do not preclude the inclusion of other provisions or benefits which that are not inconsistent with these standards.

B. The following standards apply to Medicare supplement policies and certificates and are in addition to all other requirements of this chapter.

1. A Medicare supplement policy or certificate shall not exclude or limit benefits for a loss incurred more than six months from the effective date of coverage because it involved a preexisting condition. The policy or certificate shall not define a preexisting condition more restrictively than a condition for which medical advice was given or treatment was recommended by or received from a physician within six months before the effective date of coverage.

2. A Medicare supplement policy or certificate shall not indemnify against losses resulting from sickness on a different basis than losses resulting from accidents.

3. A Medicare supplement policy or certificate shall provide that benefits designed to cover cost sharing amounts under Medicare will be changed automatically to coincide with any changes in the applicable Medicare deductible, copayment or coinsurance amounts. Premiums may be modified to correspond with such changes.

4. A "noncancellable," "guaranteed renewable," or "noncancellable and guaranteed renewable" Medicare supplement policy shall not:

a. Provide for termination of coverage of a spouse solely because of the occurrence of an event specified for termination of coverage of the insured, other than the nonpayment of premium; or

b. Be cancelled canceled or nonrenewed by the issuer solely on the grounds of deterioration of health.

5. a. Except as authorized by the State Corporation Commission, an issuer shall neither cancel nor nonrenew a Medicare supplement policy or certificate for any reason other than nonpayment of premium or material misrepresentation.

b. If a group Medicare supplement insurance policy is terminated by the group policyholder and not replaced as provided in subdivision 5 d of this subsection, the issuer shall offer certificateholders an individual Medicare supplement policy. The issuer shall offer the certificateholder at least the following choices:

(1) An individual Medicare supplement policy currently offered by the issuer having comparable benefits to those contained in the terminated group Medicare supplement policy; and

(2) An individual Medicare supplement policy which that provides only such benefits as are required to meet the minimum standards as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 C.

c. If membership in a group is terminated, the issuer shall:

(1) Offer the certificateholder the conversion opportunities described in subdivision 5 b of this subsection; or

(2) At the option of the group policyholder, offer the certificateholder continuation of coverage under the group policy.

d. If a group Medicare supplement policy is replaced by another group Medicare supplement policy purchased by the same policyholder, the issuer of the replacement policy shall offer coverage to all persons covered under the old group policy on its date of termination. Coverage under the new group policy shall not result in any exclusion for preexisting conditions that would have been covered under the group policy being replaced.

6. Termination of a Medicare supplement policy or certificate shall be without prejudice to any continuous loss which commenced while the policy was in force, but the extension of benefits beyond the period during which the policy was in force may be predicated upon the continuous total disability of the insured, limited to the duration of the policy benefit period, if any, or to payment of the maximum benefits. Receipt of Medicare Part D benefits will not be considered in determining a continuous loss.

7. If a Medicare supplement policy is modified to eliminate an outpatient prescription drug benefit as a result of requirements imposed by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (42 USC § 1395w-101), the modified policy shall be deemed to satisfy the guaranteed renewal requirements of this subsection.

C. Minimum benefit standards.

1. Coverage of Part A Medicare eligible expenses for hospitalization to the extent not covered by Medicare from the 61st day through the 90th day in any Medicare benefit period;

2. Coverage for either all or none of the Medicare Part A inpatient hospital deductible amount;

3. Coverage of Part A Medicare eligible expenses incurred as daily hospital charges during use of Medicare's lifetime hospital inpatient reserve days;

4. Upon exhaustion of all Medicare hospital inpatient coverage including the lifetime reserve days, coverage of 90% of all Medicare Part A eligible expenses for hospitalization not covered by Medicare subject to a lifetime maximum benefit of an additional 365 days;

5. Coverage under Medicare Part A for the reasonable cost of the first three pints of blood (or equivalent quantities of packed red blood cells, as defined under federal regulations) unless replaced in accordance with federal regulations or already paid for under Part B;

6. Coverage for the coinsurance amount, or in the case of hospital outpatient department services paid under a prospective payment system, the copayment amount of Medicare eligible expenses under Part B regardless of hospital confinement, subject to a maximum calendar year out-of-pocket amount equal to the Medicare Part B deductible $100 established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services;

7. Effective January 1, 1990, coverage under Medicare Part B for the reasonable cost of the first three pints of blood (or equivalent quantities of packed red blood cells, as defined under federal regulations), unless replaced in accordance with federal regulations or already paid for under Part A, subject to the Medicare deductible amount.

14VAC5-170-85. Standard plans for 2010 standardized Medicare supplement policies delivered on or after June 1, 2010.

A. The following standard plans are applicable to all Medicare supplement benefit plan policies or certificates delivered or issued for delivery in this Commonwealth with an effective date for coverage on or after June 1, 2010. No policy or certificate may be advertised, solicited, delivered or issued for delivery in this Commonwealth as a Medicare supplement policy or certificate unless it complies with these benefit plan standards. Benefit plan standards applicable to Medicare supplement policies and certificates issued with an effective date for coverage before June 1, 2010, remain subject to the requirements of 14VAC5-170-80.

B. 1. An issuer shall make available to each prospective policyholder and certificateholder a policy form or certificate form containing only the basic (core) benefits, as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 C.

2. If an issuer makes available any of the additional benefits described in 14VAC5-170-75 D, or offers standardized benefit Plans K or L (as described in subdivisions F 8 and F 9 of this section), then the issuer shall make available to each prospective policyholder and certificateholder, in addition to a policy form or certificate form with only the basic (core) benefits as described in subdivision 1 of this subsection, a policy form or certificate form containing either standardized benefit Plan C (as described in subdivision F 3 of this section) or standardized benefit Plan F (as described in subdivision F 5 of this section).

C. No groups, packages or combinations of Medicare supplement benefits other than those listed in this section shall be offered for sale in this Commonwealth, except as may be permitted in subsection G of this section and 14VAC5-170-90.

D. Benefit plans shall be uniform in structure, language, designation and format to the standard benefit plans listed in this subsection and conform to the definitions in 14VAC5-170-30. Each benefit shall be structured in accordance with the format provided in 14VAC5-170-75 C and D; or, in the case of plans K or L, in subdivision F 8 or F 9 of this section and list the benefits in the order shown. For purposes of this section, the term "structure, language, and format" means style, arrangement and overall content of a benefit.

E. In addition to the benefit plan designations required in subsection D of this section, an issuer may use other designations to the extent permitted by law.

F. Make-up of 2010 standardized benefit plans:

1. Standardized Medicare supplement benefit Plan A shall include only the basic (core) benefits as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 C.

2. Standardized Medicare supplement benefit Plan B shall include only the basic (core) benefit as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 C, plus 100% of the Medicare Part A deductible as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 D 1.

3. Standardized Medicare supplement benefit Plan C shall include only the basic (core) benefit as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 C, plus 100% of the Medicare Part A deductible, skilled nursing facility care, 100% of the Medicare Part B deductible, and medically necessary emergency care in a foreign country as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 D 1, 3, 4 and 6, respectively.

4. Standardized Medicare supplement benefit Plan D shall include only the basic (core) benefit as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 C, plus 100% of the Medicare Part A deductible, skilled nursing facility care, and medically necessary emergency care in an foreign country as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 D 1, 3 and 6, respectively.

5. Standardized Medicare supplement benefit Plan F shall include only the basic (core) benefit as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 C, plus 100% of the Medicare Part A deductible, skilled nursing facility care, 100% of the Medicare Part B deductible, 100% of the Medicare Part B excess charges, and medically necessary emergency care in a foreign country as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 D 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6, respectively.

6. Standardized Medicare supplement benefit Plan F With High Deductible shall include only 100% of covered expenses following the payment of the annual deductible as defined in subdivision 6 b of this subsection.

a. The basic (core) benefit as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 C, plus 100% of the Medicare Part A deductible, skilled nursing facility care, 100% of the Medicare Part B deductible, 100% of the Medicare Part B excess charges, and medically necessary emergency care in a foreign country as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 D 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6, respectively.

b. The annual deductible in Plan F With High Deductible shall consist of out-of-pocket expenses, other than premiums, for services covered by Plan F, and shall be in addition to any other specific benefit deductibles. The basis for the deductible shall be $1,500 and shall be adjusted annually from 1999 by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reflect the change in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers for the 12-month period ending with August of the preceding year, and rounded to the nearest multiple of $10.

7. Standardized Medicare supplement benefit Plan G shall include only the basic (core) benefit as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 C, plus 100% of the Medicare Part A deductible, skilled nursing facility care, 100% of the Medicare Part B excess charges, and medically necessary emergency care in a foreign country as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 D 1, 3, 5 and 6, respectively. Effective January 1, 2020, the standardized benefit plans described in 14VAC5-170-87 D 3(Plan G with High Deductible) may be offered to any individual who was eligible for Medicare prior to January 1, 2020.

8. Standardized Medicare supplement benefit Plan K is mandated by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, and shall include only the following:

a. Part A hospital coinsurance 61st through 90th days: Coverage of 100% of the Part A hospital coinsurance amount for each day used from the 61st through the 90th day in any Medicare benefit period;

b. Part A hospital coinsurance, 91st through 150th days: Coverage of 100% of the Part A hospital coinsurance amount for each Medicare lifetime inpatient reserve day used from the 91st through the 150th day in any Medicare benefit period;

c. Part A hospitalization after 150 days: Upon exhaustion of the Medicare hospital inpatient coverage, including the lifetime reserve days, coverage of 100% of the Medicare Part A eligible expenses for hospitalization paid at the applicable prospective payment system (PPS) rate, or other appropriate Medicare standard of payment, subject to a lifetime maximum benefit of an additional 365 days. The provider shall accept the issuer's payment as payment in full and may not bill the insured for any balance;

d. Medicare Part A deductible: Coverage for 50% of the Medicare Part A inpatient hospital deductible amount per benefit period until the out-of-pocket limitation is met as described in subdivision 8 j of this subsection;

e. Skilled nursing facility care: Coverage for 50% of the coinsurance amount for each day used from the 21st day through the 100th day in a Medicare benefit period for posthospital skilled nursing facility care eligible under Medicare Part A until the out-of-pocket limitation is met as described in subdivision 8 j of this subsection;

f. Hospice care: Coverage for 50% of cost sharing for all Part A Medicare eligible expenses and respite care until the out-of-pocket limitation is met as described in subdivision 8 j of this subsection;

g. Blood: Coverage for 50%, under Medicare Part A or B, of the reasonable cost of the first three pints of blood (or equivalent quantities of packed red blood cells, as defined under federal regulations) unless replaced in accordance with federal regulations until the out-of-pocket limitation is met as described in subdivision 8 j of this subsection;

h. Part B cost sharing: Except for coverage provided in subdivision 8 i of this subsection, coverage for 50% of the cost sharing otherwise applicable under Medicare Part B after the policyholder pays the Part B deductible until the out-of-pocket limitation is met as described in subdivision 8 j of this subsection;

i. Part B preventive services: Coverage of 100% of the cost sharing for Medicare Part B preventive services after the policyholder pays the Part B deductible; and

j. Cost sharing after out-of-pocket limits: Coverage of 100% of all cost sharing under Medicare Parts A and B for the balance of the calendar year after the individual has reached the out-of-pocket limitation on annual expenditures under Medicare Parts A and B of $4,000 in 2006, indexed each year by the appropriate inflation adjustment specified by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

9. Standardized Medicare supplement benefit Plan L is mandated by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, and shall include only the following:

a. The benefits described in subdivisions 8 a, b, c and i of this subsection;

b. The benefit described in subdivisions 8 d, e, f, g and h of this subsection, but substituting 75% for 50%; and

c. The benefit described in subdivision 8 j of this subsection, but substituting $2,000 for $4,000.

10. Standardized Medicare supplement benefit Plan M shall include only the basic (core) benefit as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 C, plus 50% of the Medicare Part A deductible, skilled nursing facility care, and medically necessary emergency care in a foreign country as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 D 2, 3 and 6, respectively.

11. Standardized Medicare supplement benefit Plan N shall include only the basic (core) benefit as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 C, plus 100% of the Medicare Part A deductible, skilled nursing facility care, and medically necessary emergency care in a foreign country as defined in 14VAC5-170-75 D 1, 3 and 6, respectively, with copayments in the following amounts:

a. The lesser of $20 or the Medicare Part B coinsurance or copayment for each covered health care provider office visit (including visits to medical specialists); and

b. The lesser of $50 or the Medicare Part B coinsurance or copayment for each covered emergency room visit; however, this copayment shall be waived if the insured is admitted to any hospital and the emergency visit is subsequently covered as a Medicare Part A expense.

G. New or innovative benefits. An issuer may, with the prior approval of the commission, offer policies or certificates with new or innovative benefits, in addition to the standardized benefits provided in a policy or certificate that otherwise complies with the applicable standards. The new or innovative benefits shall include only benefits that are appropriate to Medicare supplement insurance, are new or innovative, are not otherwise available, and are cost-effective. Approval of new or innovative benefits must not adversely impact the goal of Medicare supplement simplification. New or innovative benefits shall not include an outpatient prescription drug benefit. New or innovative benefits shall not be used to change or reduce benefits, including a change of any cost-sharing provision, in any standardized plan.

14VAC5-170-87. Standard plans for 2020 standardized Medicare supplement policies delivered to individuals newly eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020.

A. This section applies only to individuals who are newly eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020:

1. By reason of attaining age 65 years on or after January 1, 2020; or

2. By reason of entitlement to benefits under part A pursuant to § 226(b) or 226A of the Social Security Act, or who is deemed to be eligible for benefits under § 226(a) of the Social Security Act on or after January 1, 2020.

B. No policy or certificate that provides coverage of the Medicare Part B deductible may be advertised, solicited, delivered, or issued for delivery in the Commonwealth as a Medicare supplement policy or certificate to individuals newly eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020. All such policies must comply with the benefit standards contained in subsection D of this section. Benefit plan standards applicable to Medicare supplement policies and certificates issued to individuals eligible for Medicare before January 1, 2020, remain subject to the requirements of 14VAC5-170-75 and 14VAC5-170-85.

C. Standardized Medicare supplement benefit plans C, F, and F with High Deductible may not be offered to individuals newly eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020. For purposes of this section, the reference to Plans C or F contained in 14VAC5-170-85 B 2 is deemed a reference to Plan D or G, respectively.

D. The standards and requirements of 14VAC5-170-85 shall apply to all Medicare supplement policies or certificates delivered or issued for delivery to individuals newly eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020, with the following exceptions:

1. Standardized Medicare supplement benefit Plan D (previously Plan C) shall provide the benefits contained in 14VAC5-170-85 F 3 but shall not provide coverage for 100% or any portion of the Medicare Part B deductible.

2. Standardized Medicare supplement benefit Plan G (previously Plan F) shall provide the benefits contained in 14VAC5-170-85 F 5 but shall not provide coverage for 100% or any portion of the Medicare Part B deductible.

3. Standardized Medicare supplement benefit Plan G with High Deductible (previously Plan F with High Deductible) shall provide the benefits contained in 14VAC5-170-85 F 6 but shall not provide coverage for 100% or any portion of the Medicare Part B deductible; provided further that the Medicare Part B deductible paid by the beneficiary shall be considered an out-of-pocket expense in meeting the annual high deductible.

E. For purposes of 14VAC5-170-105 E, in the case of any individual newly eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020, any reference to a Medicare supplement policy C or F (including F with High Deductible) shall be deemed to be a reference to Medicare supplement policy D or G (including G with High Deductible), respectively.

14VAC5-170-150. Required disclosure provisions.

A. General rules.

1. Medicare supplement policies and certificates shall include a renewal or continuation provision. The language or specifications of such provision shall be consistent with the type of contract issued. The provision shall be appropriately captioned, shall appear on the first page of the policy, and shall include any reservation by the issuer of the right to change premiums and any automatic renewal premium increases based on the policyholder's age. Medicare supplement policies or certificates which are attained age rated shall include a clear and prominent statement, in at least 14 point type, disclosing that premiums will increase due to changes in age and the frequency under which such changes will occur.

2. Except for riders or endorsements by which the issuer effectuates a request made in writing by the insured, exercises a specifically reserved right under a Medicare supplement policy, or is required to reduce or eliminate benefits to avoid duplication of Medicare benefits, all riders or endorsements added to a Medicare supplement policy after date of issue or at reinstatement or renewal which reduce or eliminate benefits or coverage in the policy shall require a signed acceptance by the insured. After the date of policy or certificate issue, any rider or endorsement which increases benefits or coverage with a concomitant increase in premium during the policy term shall be agreed to in writing signed by the insured, unless the benefits are required by the minimum standards for Medicare supplement policies, or if the increased benefits or coverage is required by law. Where a separate additional premium is charged for benefits provided in connection with riders or endorsements, the premium charge shall be set forth in the policy.

**NOTICE: When your Medicare Part A hospital benefits are exhausted, the insurer stands in the place of Medicare and will pay whatever amount Medicare would have paid up to an additional 365 days as provided in the policy's "core benefits." During this time the hospital is prohibited from billing you for the balance based on any difference between its billed charges and the amount Medicare would have paid.

PLAN F or HIGH DEDUCTIBLE PLAN F
MEDICARE (PART B) - MEDICAL SERVICES - PER CALENDAR YEAR

*Once you have been billed $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved amounts for covered services (which are noted with an asterisk), your Part B deductible will have been met for the calendar year.

**This high deductible plan pays the same benefits as Plan F after one has you have paid a calendar year $2,000 $2,180 deductible. Benefits from the high deductible plan F will not begin until out-of-pocket expenses are $2,000 $2,180. Out-of-pocket expenses for this deductible are expenses that would ordinarily be paid by the policy. This includes the Medicare deductibles for Part A and Part B, but does not include the plan's separate foreign travel emergency deductible.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

AFTER YOU PAY $2,000 $2,180 DEDUCTIBLE,** PLAN PAYS

IN ADDITION ADDITION TO $2,000 $2,180 DEDUCTIBLE,** YOU PAY

MEDICAL EXPENSES - IN OR OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND OUTPATIENT HOSPITAL TREATMENT, such as physician's services, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services and supplies, physical and speech therapy, diagnostic tests, durable medical equipment

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved amounts*

$0

$135 $147 (Part B Deductible)

$0

Remainder of Medicare-Approved amounts

Generally 80%

Generally 20%

$0

PART B EXCESS CHARGES

 

 

 

(Above Medicare Approved Amounts)

$0

100%

$0

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

All Costs

$0

Next $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$135 $147 (Part B Deductible)

$0

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

20%

$0

CLINICAL LABORATORY SERVICES

 

 

 

TESTS FOR DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES

100%

$0

$0

PARTS A & B

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

AFTER YOU PAY $2,000 $2,180 DEDUCTIBLE,** PLAN PAYS

IN ADDITON ADDITION TO $2,000 $2,180 DEDUCTIBLE,** YOU PAY

HOME HEALTH CARE
MEDICARE-APPROVED SERVICES

 

 

 

Medically necessary skilled care services and medical supplies

100%

$0

$0

Durable medical equipment

 

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$135 $147 (Part B Deductible)

$0

 

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

20%

$0

OTHER BENEFITS - NOT COVERED BY MEDICARE

FOREIGN TRAVEL
NOT COVERED BY MEDICARE

 

 

 

Medically necessary emergency care services beginning during the first 60 days of each trip outside the USA

 

 

 

 

First $250 each calendar year

$0

$0

$250

 

Remainder of charges

$0

80% to a lifetime maximum benefit of $50,000

20% and amounts over the $50,000 lifetime maximum

PLAN G OR HIGH DEDUCTIBLE PLAN G
MEDICARE (PART A)—HOSPITAL SERVICES—PER BENEFIT PERIOD

*A benefit period begins on the first day you receive service as an inpatient in a hospital and ends after you have been out of the hospital and have not received skilled care in any other facility for 60 days in a row.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

AFTER YOU PAY $2,180 DEDUCTIBLE, PLAN PAYS

IN ADDITION TO $2,180 DEDUCTIBLE, YOU PAY

HOSPITALIZATION*

Semiprivate room and board, general nursing and miscellaneous services and supplies

 

 

 

First 60 days

All but $1,068 $1,288

$1,068 $1,288 (Part A Deductible)

$0

61st thru 90th day

All but $267 $322 a day

$267 $322 a day

$0

91st day and after:

 

 

 

 

While using 60 lifetime reserve days

All but $534 $644 a day

$534 $644 a day

$0

 

Once lifetime reserve days are used:

 

 

 

 

Additional 365 days

$0

100% of Medicare Eligible Expenses

$0**

 

Beyond the Additional 365 days

$0

$0

All costs

SKILLED NURSING FACILITY CARE*

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including having been in a hospital for at least 3 days and entered a Medicare-approved facility within 30 days after leaving the hospital

 

 

 

First 20 days

All approved amounts

$0

$0

21st thru 100th day

All but $133.50 $161 a day

Up to $133.50 $161 a day

$0

101st day and after

$0

$0

All Costs

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

3 pints

$0

Additional amounts

100%

$0

$0

HOSPICE CARE

 

 

 

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including a doctor's certification of terminal illness.

All but very limited copayment/coinsurance for outpatient drugs and inpatient respite care

Medicare copayment/coinsurance

$0

3. Medicare supplement policies or certificates shall not provide for the payment of benefits based on standards described as "usual and customary," "reasonable and customary" or words of similar import.

4. If a Medicare supplement policy or certificate contains any limitations with respect to preexisting conditions, such limitations shall appear as a separate paragraph of the policy and be labeled as "Preexisting Condition Limitations."

5. Medicare supplement policies and certificates shall have a notice prominently printed on the first page of the policy or certificate or attached thereto stating in substance that the policyholder or certificateholder shall have the right to return the policy or certificate within 30 days of its delivery and to have all premiums made for the policy refunded if, after examination of the policy or certificate, the insured person is not satisfied for any reason.

6. Issuers of accident and sickness policies or certificates which provide hospital or medical expense coverage on an expense incurred or indemnity basis to a person or persons eligible for Medicare shall provide to those applicants a Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare in the form developed jointly by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and in a type size no smaller than 12 point type. Delivery of the guide shall be made whether or not such policies or certificates are advertised, solicited or issued as Medicare supplement policies or certificates as defined in this chapter. Except in the case of direct response issuers, delivery of the guide shall be made to the applicant at the time of application and acknowledgement of receipt of the guide shall be obtained by the issuer. Direct response issuers shall deliver the guide to the applicant upon request but not later than at the time the policy is delivered.

For the purposes of this section, "form" means the language, format, type size, type proportional spacing, bold character, and line spacing.

B. Notice requirements.

1. As soon as practicable, but no later than 30 days prior to the annual effective date of any Medicare benefit changes, an issuer shall notify its policyholders and certificateholders of modifications it has made to Medicare supplement insurance policies or certificates in a format acceptable to the State Corporation Commission. The notice shall:

a. Include a description of revisions to the Medicare program and a description of each modification made to the coverage provided under the Medicare supplement policy or certificate; and

b. Inform each policyholder or certificateholder as to when any premium adjustment is to be made due to changes in Medicare.

2. The notice of benefit modifications and any premium adjustments shall be in outline form and in clear and simple terms so as to facilitate comprehension.

3. Such notices shall not contain or be accompanied by any solicitation.

C. Issuers shall comply with any notice requirements of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (42 USC § 1395w-101).

D. Outline of coverage requirements for Medicare Supplement Policies.

1. Issuers shall provide an outline of coverage to all applicants at the time the application is presented to the prospective applicant and, except for direct response policies, shall obtain an acknowledgement of receipt of the outline from the applicant; and

2. If an outline of coverage is provided at the time of application and the Medicare supplement policy or certificate is issued on a basis which would require revision of the outline, a substitute outline of coverage properly describing the policy or certificate shall accompany such policy or certificate when it is delivered and contain the following statement, in no less than 12 point type, immediately above the company name:

"NOTICE: Read this outline of coverage carefully. It is not identical to the outline of coverage provided upon application and the coverage originally applied for has not been issued."

3. The outline of coverage provided to applicants pursuant to this section consists of four parts: a cover page, premium information, disclosure pages, and charts displaying the features of each benefit plan offered by the issuer. The outline of coverage shall be in the language and format prescribed below in no less than 12 point type. All plans shall be shown on the cover page, and the plan(s) plans that are offered by the issuer shall be prominently identified. Premium information for plans that are offered shall be shown on the cover page or immediately following the cover page and shall be prominently displayed. The premium and mode shall be stated for all plans that are offered to the prospective applicant. All possible premiums for the prospective applicant shall be illustrated.

4. The following items shall be included in the outline of coverage in the order prescribed in the following table.

Benefit Chart of Medicare Supplement Plans Sold with Effective Dates on or after June 1, 2010

This chart shows the benefits included in each of the standard Medicare supplement plans. Every company must make Plan A available.

Some plans may not be available in your state.

Plans E, H, I and J are no longer available for sale after June 1, 2010. [This sentence shall not appear after June 1, 2011.]

Plans C, F, and high deductible F are no longer available for sale to those who are newly eligible, as defined in 14VAC5-170-87, on or after January 1, 2020.

Note that the numerical figures in the following charts, including out-of-pocket limits and deductible amounts, are current as of January 1, 2018, and are subject to change.

Basic benefits:

Hospitalization – Part A coinsurance plus coverage for 365 additional days after Medicare benefits end.

Medical expenses – Part B coinsurance (generally 20% of Medicare-approved expenses) or copayments for hospital outpatient services. Plans K, L and N require insureds to pay a portion of Part B coinsurance or copayments.

Blood – First three pints of blood each year.

Hospice – Part A coinsurance.

A

B

C

D

F

F*

G

K

L

M

N

Basic,
including
100% Part B coinsurance

Basic,
including
100% Part B coinsurance

Basic,
including
100% Part B coinsurance

Basic,
including
100% Part B coinsurance

Basic,
including 100% Part B coinsurance*

Basic,
including
100% Part B coinsurance

Hospitalization and preventive care paid at 100%; other basic benefits paid at 50%

Hospitalization and preventive care paid at 100%; other basic benefits paid at 75%

Basic,
including 1
00% Part B coinsurance

Basic,
including
100% Part B coinsurance, except up to $20 copayment for office visit, and up to $50 copayment for ER

 

 

Skilled nursing facility coinsurance

Skilled nursing facility coinsurance

Skilled nursing facility coinsurance

Skilled nursing facility coinsurance

50% skilled nursing facility coinsurance

75% skilled nursing facility coinsurance

Skilled nursing facility coinsurance

Skilled nursing facility coinsurance

 

Part A deductible

Part A deductible

Part A deductible

Part A deductible

Part A deductible

50% Part A deductible

75% Part A deductible

50% Part A deductible

Part A deductible

 

 

Part B deductible

 

Part B deductible

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part B excess (100%)

Part B excess (100%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign travel emergency

Foreign travel emergency

Foreign travel emergency

Foreign travel emergency

 

 

Foreign travel emergency

Foreign travel emergency

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out-of-pocket limit $4,620$4,940; paid at 100% after limit reached

Out-of-pocket limit $2,310$2,470; paid at 100% after limit reached

 

 

*Plan F also has an option called a high deductible Plan F. This high deductible plan pays the same benefits as Plan F after one has paid a calendar year $2,000 $2,180 deductible. Benefits from high deductible Plan F will not begin until out-of-pocket expenses exceed $2,000 $2,180. Out-of-pocket expenses for this deductible are expenses that would ordinarily be paid by the policy. These expenses include the Medicare deductibles for Part A and Part B, but do not include the plan's separate foreign travel emergency deductible.

PREMIUM INFORMATION

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We [insert issuer's name] can only raise your premium if we raise the premium for all policies like yours in this Commonwealth. [If the premium is based on attained age of the insured, include the following information:

1. When premiums will change;

2. The current premium for all ages;

3. A statement that premiums for other Medicare Supplement policies that are issue age or community rated do not increase due to changes in your age; and

4. A statement that while the cost of this policy at the covered individual's present age may be lower than the cost of a Medicare supplement policy that is based on issue age or community rated, it is important to compare the potential cost of these policies over the life of the policy.]

DISCLOSURES

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Use this outline to compare benefits and premiums among policies.

This outline shows benefits and premiums of policies sold for effective dates on or after June 1, 2010. Policies sold for effective dates prior to June 1, 2010, have different benefits and premiums. Plans E, H, I and J are no longer available for sale after June 1, 2010. [This paragraph shall not appear after June 1, 2011.]

READ YOUR POLICY VERY CAREFULLY

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This is only an outline describing your policy's most important features. The policy is your insurance contract. You must read the policy itself to understand all of the rights and duties of both you and your insurance company.

RIGHT TO RETURN POLICY

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If you find that you are not satisfied with your policy, you may return it to [insert issuer's address]. If you send the policy back to us within 30 days after you receive it, we will treat the policy as if it had never been issued and return all of your payments.

POLICY REPLACEMENT

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If you are replacing another health insurance policy, do NOT cancel it until you have actually received your new policy and are sure you want to keep it.

NOTICE

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This policy may not fully cover all of your medical costs.

[for agents:]

Neither [insert company's name] nor its agents are connected with Medicare.

[for direct response:]

[insert company's name] is not connected with Medicare.

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[Include for each plan prominently identified in the cover page, a chart showing the services, Medicare payments, plan payments and insured payments for each plan, using the same language, in the same order, using uniform layout and format as shown in the charts below. No more than four plans may be shown on one chart. For purposes of illustration, charts for each plan are included in this regulation. An issuer may use additional benefit plan designations on these charts pursuant to 14VAC5-170-85.]

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Benefit Chart of Medicare Supplement Plans Sold on or after January 1, 2020

This chart shows the benefits included in each of the standard Medicare supplement plans. Some plans may not be available. Only applicants first eligible for Medicare before 2020 may purchase Plans C, F, and high deductible F.

Note: A means 100% of the benefit is paid.

 

Benefits

Plans Available to All Applicants

Medicare first eligible before 2020 only

A

B

D

G1

K

L

M

N

C

F1

Medicare Part A coinsurance and hospital coverage (up to an additional 365 days after Medicare benefits are used up)

Medicare Part B coinsurance or copayment

50%

75%

copays apply3

Blood (first three pints)

50%

75%

Part A hospice care coinsurance or copayment

50%

75%

Skilled nursing facility coinsurance

50%

75%

Medicare Part A deductible

50%

75%

50%

Medicare Part B deductible

Medicare Part B excess charges

Foreign travel emergency (up to plan limits)

Out-of-pocket limit in 20162

$4,9602

$2,4802

1 Plans F and G also have a high deductible option that require first paying a plan deductible of $2,180 before the plan begins to pay. Once the plan deductible is met, the plan pays 100% of covered services for the rest of the calendar year. High deductible Plan G does not cover the Medicare Part B deductible. However, high deductible Plans F and G count your payment of the Medicare Part B deductible toward meeting the plan deductible. High deductible Plan G is the same as high deductible Plan F except that where the annual out-of-pocket expenses are met with Medicare Part A expenses only, any subsequent Medicare Part B deductible expense incurred by the beneficiary after the required annual out-of-pocket expenses is met may not be paid for by the high deductible Plan G.

2 Plans K and L pay 100% of covered services for the rest of the calendar year once you meet the out-of-pocket yearly limit.

3 Plan N pays 100% of the Part B coinsurance, except for a copayment of up to $20 for some office visits and up to a $50 copayment for emergency room visits that do not result in an inpatient admission.

PLAN A
MEDICARE (PART A) - HOSPITAL SERVICES - PER BENEFIT PERIOD

*A benefit period begins on the first day you receive service as an inpatient in a hospital and ends after you have been out of the hospital and have not received skilled care in any other facility for 60 days in a row.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

HOSPITALIZATION*

Semiprivate room and board, general nursing and miscellaneous services and supplies

 

 

 

First 60 days

All but $1,068 $1,260

$0

$1,068 $1,260 (Part A Deductible)

61st thru 90th day

All but $267 $315 a day

$267 $315 a day

$0

91st day and after:

 

 

 

 

While using 60 lifetime reserve days

All but $534 $630 a day

$534 $630 a day

$0

 

Once lifetime reserve days are used:

 

 

 

 

Additional 365 days

$0

100% of Medicare Eligible Expenses

$0**

 

Beyond the Additional 365 days

$0

$0

All Costs

SKILLED NURSING FACILITY CARE*

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including having been in a hospital for at least 3 days and entered a Medicare-approved facility within 30 days after leaving the hospital

 

 

 

First 20 days

All approved amounts

$0

$0

21st thru 100th day

All but $133.50 $157.50 a day

$0

Up to $133.50 $157.50 a day

101st day and after

$0

$0

All Costs

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

3 pints

$0

Additional amounts

100%

$0

$0

HOSPICE CARE

 

 

 

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including a doctor's certification of terminal illness

All but very limited copayment/coinsurance for outpatient drugs and inpatient respite care

Medicare copayment/coinsurance

$0

**NOTICE: When your Medicare Part A hospital benefits are exhausted, the insurer stands in the place of Medicare and will pay whatever amount Medicare would have paid for up to an additional 365 days as provided in the policy's "core benefits." During this time the hospital is prohibited from billing you for the balance based on any difference between its billed charges and the amount Medicare would have paid.

PLAN A
MEDICARE (PART B) - MEDICAL SERVICES - PER CALENDAR YEAR

*Once you have been billed $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved amounts for covered services (which are noted with an asterisk), your Part B deductible will have been met for the calendar year.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

MEDICAL EXPENSES - IN OR OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND OUTPATIENT HOSPITAL TREATMENT, such as physician's services, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services and supplies, physical and speech therapy, diagnostic tests, durable medical equipment

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B deductible)

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

Generally 80%

Generally 20%

$0

PART B EXCESS CHARGES

 

 

 

(Above Medicare-Approved Amounts)

$0

$0

All Costs

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

All Costs

$0

Next $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B Deductible)

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

20%

$0

CLINICAL LABORATORY SERVICES

 

 

 

TESTS FOR DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES

100%

$0

$0

PARTS A & B

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

HOME HEALTH CARE
MEDICARE-APPROVED SERVICES

 

 

 

Medically necessary skilled care services and medical supplies

100%

$0

$0

Durable medical equipment

 

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B Deductible)

 

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

20%

$0

PLAN B
MEDICARE (PART A)—HOSPITAL SERVICES—PER BENEFIT PERIOD

*A benefit period begins on the first day you receive service as an inpatient in a hospital and ends after you have been out of the hospital and have not received skilled care in any other facility for 60 days in a row.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

HOSPITALIZATION*

Semiprivate room and board, general nursing and miscellaneous services and supplies

 

 

 

First 60 days

All but $1,068 $1,260

$1,068 $1,260 (Part A Deductible)

$0

61st thru 90th day

All but $267 $315 a day

$267 $315 a day

$0

91st day and after:

 

 

 

 

While using 60 lifetime reserve days

All but $534 $630 a day

$534 $630 a day

$0

 

Once lifetime reserve days are used:

 

 

 

 

Additional 365 days

$0

100% of Medicare Eligible Expenses

$0**

 

Beyond the Additional 365 days

$0

$0

All Costs

SKILLED NURSING FACILITY CARE*

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including having been in a hospital for at least 3 days and entered a Medicare-approved facility within 30 days after leaving the hospital

 

 

 

First 20 days

All approved amounts

$0

$0

21st thru 100th day

All but $133.50 $157.50 a day

$0

Up to $133.50 $157.50 a day

101st day and after

$0

$0

All Costs

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

3 pints

$0

Additional amounts

100%

$0

$0

HOSPICE CARE

 

 

 

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including a doctor's certification of terminal illness.

All but very limited copayment/coinsurance for outpatient drugs and inpatient respite care

Medicare copayment/coinsurance

$0

**NOTICE: When your Medicare Part A hospital benefits are exhausted, the insurer stands in the place of Medicare and will pay whatever amount Medicare would have paid for up to an additional 365 days as provided in the policy's "core benefits." During this time the hospital is prohibited from billing you for the balance based on any difference between its billed charges and the amount Medicare would have paid.

PLAN B
MEDICARE (PART B)—MEDICAL SERVICES—PER CALENDAR YEAR

*Once you have been billed $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved amounts for covered services (which are noted with an asterisk), your Part B deductible will have been met for the calendar year.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

MEDICAL EXPENSES - IN OR OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND OUTPATIENT HOSPITAL TREATMENT, such as physician's services, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services and supplies, physical and speech therapy, diagnostic tests, durable medical equipment

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B Deductible)

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

Generally 80%

Generally 20%

$0

PART B EXCESS CHARGES

 

 

 

(Above Medicare-Approved Amounts)

$0

$0

All Costs

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

All Costs

$0

Next $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B Deductible)

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

20%

$0

CLINICAL LABORATORY SERVICES 

 

 

 

TESTS FOR DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES

100%

$0

$0

PARTS A & B

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

HOME HEALTH CARE
MEDICARE-APPROVED SERVICES

 

 

 

Medically necessary skilled care services and medical supplies

100%

$0

$0

Durable medical equipment

 

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B Deductible)

 

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

20%

$0

PLAN C
MEDICARE (PART A)—HOSPITAL SERVICES—PER BENEFIT PERIOD

*A benefit period begins on the first day you receive service as an inpatient in a hospital and ends after you have been out of the hospital and have not received skilled care in any other facility for 60 days in a row.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

HOSPITALIZATION*

Semiprivate room and board, general nursing and miscellaneous services and supplies

 

 

 

First 60 days

All but $1,068 $1,260

$,1068 $1,260 (Part A Deductible)

$0

61st thru 90th day

All but $267 $315 a day

$267 $315 a day

$0

91st day and after:

 

 

 

 

While using 60 lifetime reserve days

All but $534 $630 a day

$534 $630 a day

$0

 

Once lifetime reserve days are used:

 

 

 

 

Additional 365 days

$0

100% of Medicare eligible expenses

$0**

 

Beyond the additional 365 days

$0

$0

All Costs

SKILLED NURSING FACILITY CARE*

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including having been in a hospital for at least 3 days and entered a Medicare-approved facility within 30 days after leaving the hospital

 

 

 

First 20 days

All approved amounts

$0

$0

21st thru 100th day

All but $133.50 $157.50 a day

Up to $133.50 $157.50 a day

$0

101st day and after

$0

$0

All Costs

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

3 pints

$0

Additional amounts

100%

$0

$0

HOSPICE CARE

 

 

 

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including a doctor's certification of terminal illness.

All but very limited copayment/coinsurance for outpatient drugs and inpatient respite care

Medicare copayment/coinsurance

$0

**NOTICE: When your Medicare Part A hospital benefits are exhausted, the insurer stands in the place of Medicare and will pay whatever amount Medicare would have paid for up to an additional 365 days as provided in the policy's "core benefits." During this time the hospital is prohibited from billing you for the balance based on any difference between its billed charges and the amount Medicare would have paid.

PLAN C
MEDICARE (PART B)—MEDICAL SERVICES—PER CALENDAR YEAR

*Once you have been billed $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved amounts for covered services (which are noted with an asterisk), your Part B deductible will have been met for the calendar year.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

MEDICAL EXPENSES - IN OR OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND OUTPATIENT HOSPITAL TREATMENT, such as physician's services, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services and supplies, physical and speech therapy, diagnostic tests, durable medical equipment

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$135 $147 (Part B Deductible)

$0

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

Generally 80%

Generally 20%

$0

PART B EXCESS CHARGES

 

 

 

(Above Medicare-Approved Amounts)

$0

$0

All Costs

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

All Costs

$0

Next $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$135 $147 (Part B Deductible)

$0

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

20%

$0

CLINICAL LABORATORY SERVICES

 

 

 

TESTS FOR DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES

100%

$0

$0

PARTS A & B

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

HOME HEALTH CARE
MEDICARE-APPROVED SERVICES

 

 

 

Medically necessary skilled care services and medical supplies

100%

$0

$0

Durable medical equipment

 

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$135 $147 (Part B Deductible)

$0

 

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

20%

$0

OTHER BENEFITS—NOT COVERED BY MEDICARE

FOREIGN TRAVEL
NOT COVERED BY MEDICARE

 

 

 

Medically necessary emergency care services beginning during the first 60 days of each trip outside the USA

 

 

 

 

First $250 each calendar year

$0

$0

$250

 

Remainder of Charges

$0

80% to a lifetime maximum benefit of $50,000

20% and amounts over the $50,000 lifetime maximum

PLAN D
MEDICARE (PART A)—HOSPITAL SERVICES—PER BENEFIT PERIOD

*A benefit period begins on the first day you receive service as an inpatient in a hospital and ends after you have been out of the hospital and have not received skilled care in any other facility for 60 days in a row.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

HOSPITALIZATION*

Semiprivate room and board, general nursing and miscellaneous services and supplies

 

 

 

First 60 days

All but $1,068 $1,260

$1,068 $1,260 (Part A Deductible)

$0

61st thru 90th day

All but $267 $315 a day

$267 $315 a day

$0

91st day and after:

 

 

 

 

While using 60 lifetime reserve days

All but $534 $630 a day

$534 $630 a day

$0

 

Once lifetime reserve days are used:

 

 

 

 

Additional 365 days

$0

100% of Medicare Eligible Expenses

$0**

 

Beyond the Additional 365 days

$0

$0

All Costs

SKILLED NURSING FACILITY CARE*

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including having been in a hospital for at least 3 days and entered a Medicare-approved facility within 30 days after leaving the hospital

 

 

 

First 20 days

All approved amounts

$0

$0

21st thru 100th day

All but $133.50 $157.50a day

Up to $133.50 $157.50a day

$0

101st day and after

$0

$0

All Costs

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

3 pints

$0

Additional amounts

100%

$0

$0

HOSPICE CARE

 

 

 

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including a doctor's certification of terminal illness.

All but very limited copayment/coinsurance for outpatient drugs and inpatient respite care

Medicare copayment/coinsurance

$0

**NOTICE: When your Medicare Part A hospital benefits are exhausted, the insurer stands in the place of Medicare and will pay whatever amount Medicare would have paid for up to an additional 365 days as provided in the policy's "core benefits." During this time the hospital is prohibited from billing you for the balance based on any difference between its billed charges and the amount Medicare would have paid.

PLAN D
MEDICARE (PART B)—MEDICAL SERVICES—PER CALENDAR YEAR

*Once you have been billed $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved amounts for covered services (which are noted with an asterisk), your Part B Deductible will have been met for the calendar year.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

MEDICAL EXPENSES - IN OR OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND OUTPATIENT HOSPITAL TREATMENT, such as physician's services, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services and supplies, physical and speech therapy, diagnostic tests, durable medical equipment

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B Deductible)

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

Generally 80%

Generally 20%

$0

PART B EXCESS CHARGES

 

 

 

(Above Medicare-Approved Amounts)

$0

$0

All Costs

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

All Costs

$0

Next $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B Deductible)

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

20%

$0

CLINICAL LABORATORY SERVICES

 

 

 

TESTS FOR DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES

100%

$0

$0

PARTS A & B

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

HOME HEALTH CARE
MEDICARE-APPROVED SERVICES

 

 

 

Medically necessary skilled care services and medical supplies

100%

$0

$0

Durable medical equipment

 

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B Deductible)

 

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

20%

$0

OTHER BENEFITS—NOT COVERED BY MEDICARE

FOREIGN TRAVEL
NOT COVERED BY MEDICARE

 

 

 

Medically necessary emergency care services beginning during the first 60 days of each trip outside the USA

 

 

 

 

First $250 each calendar year

$0

$0

$250

 

Remainder of Charges

$0

80% to a lifetime maximum benefit of $50,000

20% and amounts over the $50,000 lifetime maximum

PLAN F or HIGH DEDUCTIBLE PLAN F
MEDICARE (PART A)—HOSPITAL SERVICES—PER BENEFIT PERIOD

*A benefit period begins on the first day you receive service as an inpatient in a hospital and ends after you have been out of the hospital and have not received skilled care in any other facility for 60 days in a row.

**This high deductible plan pays the same benefits as Plan F after one has you have paid a calendar year $2,000 $2,180 deductible. Benefits from the high deductible Plan F will not begin until out-of-pocket expenses are $2,000 $2,180. Out-of-pocket expenses for this deductible are expenses that would ordinarily be paid by the policy. This includes the Medicare deductibles for Part A and Part B, but does not include the plan's separate foreign travel emergency deductible.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

AFTER YOU PAY $2,000 $2,180 DEDUCTIBLE,** PLAN PAYS

IN ADDITION TO $2,000 $2,180 DEDUCTIBLE,** YOU PAY

HOSPITALIZATION*

Semiprivate room and board, general nursing and miscellaneous services and supplies

 

 

 

First 60 days

All but $1,068 $1,260

$1,068 $1,260 (Part A Deductible)

$0

61st thru 90th day

All but $267 $315 a day

$267 $315 a day

$0

91st day and after:

 

 

 

 

While using 60 lifetime reserve days

All but $534 $630 a day

$534 $630 a day

$0

 

Once lifetime reserve days are used:

 

 

 

 

Additional 365 days

$0

100% of Medicare Eligible Expenses

$0**

 

Beyond the Additional 365 days

$0

$0

All Costs

SKILLED NURSING FACILITY CARE*

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including having been in a hospital for at least 3 days and entered a Medicare-approved facility within 30 days after leaving the hospital

 

 

 

First 20 days

All approved amounts

$0

$0

21st thru 100th day

All but $133.50 $157.50 a day

Up to $133.50 $157.50 a day

$0

101st day and after

$0

$0

All Costs

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

3 pints

$0

Additional amounts

100%

$0

$0

HOSPICE CARE

 

 

 

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including a doctor's certification of terminal illness.

All but very limited copayment/coinsurance for outpatient drugs and inpatient respite care

Medicare copayment/coinsurance

$0

**NOTICE: When your Medicare Part A hospital benefits are exhausted, the insurer stands in the place of Medicare and will pay whatever amount Medicare would have paid for up to an additional 365 days as provided in the policy's "core benefits." During this time the hospital is prohibited from billing you for the balance based on any difference between its billed charges and the amount Medicare would have paid.

PLAN G OR HIGH DEDUCTIBLE PLAN G
MEDICARE (PART B)—MEDICAL SERVICES—PER CALENDAR YEAR

*Once you have been billed $135 $166 of Medicare-Approved amounts for covered services (which are noted with an asterisk), your Part B deductible will have been met for the calendar year.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

MEDICAL EXPENSES - IN OR OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND OUTPATIENT HOSPITAL TREATMENT, such as physician's services, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services and supplies, physical and speech therapy, diagnostic tests, durable medical equipment

 

 

 

First $135 $166 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 (Part B Deductible) $166 (Unless Part B Deductible has been met)

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

Generally 80%

Generally 20%

$0

PART B EXCESS CHARGES

 

 

 

(Above Medicare-Approved Amounts)

$0

100%

$0

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

All costs

$0

Next $135 $166 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 (Part B Deductible) $166 (Unless Part B Deductible has been met)

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

20%

$0

CLINICAL LABORATORY SERVICES

 

 

 

TESTS FOR DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES

100%

$0

$0

PARTS A & B

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

HOME HEALTH CARE
MEDICARE-APPROVED SERVICES

 

 

 

Medically necessary skilled care services and medical supplies

100%

$0

$0

Durable medical equipment

 

 

 

 

First $135 $166 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 (Part B deductible) $166 (Unless Part B Deductible has been met)

 

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

20%

$0

OTHER BENEFITS—NOT COVERED BY MEDICARE

FOREIGN TRAVEL
NOT COVERED BY MEDICARE

 

 

 

Medically necessary emergency care services beginning during the first 60 days of each trip outside the USA

 

 

 

 

First $250 each calendar year

$0

$0

$250

 

Remainder of Charges

$0

80% to a lifetime maximum benefit of $50,000

20% and amounts over the $50,000 lifetime maximum

PLAN K

*You will pay half the cost-sharing of some covered services until you reach the annual out-of-pocket limit of $4,620 $4,940 each calendar year. The amounts that count toward your annual limit are noted with diamonds (♦) in the chart below. Once you reach the annual limit, the plan pays 100% of your Medicare copayment and coinsurance for the rest of the calendar year. However, this limit does NOT include charges from your provider that exceed Medicare-approved amounts (these are called "Excess Charges") and you will be responsible for paying this difference in the amount charged by your provider and the amount paid by Medicare for the item or service.

MEDICARE (PART A)—HOSPITAL SERVICES—PER BENEFIT PERIOD

**A benefit period begins on the first day you receive service as an inpatient in a hospital and ends after you have been out of the hospital and have not received skilled care in any other facility for 60 days in a row.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY*

HOSPITALIZATION**

Semiprivate room and board, general nursing and miscellaneous services and supplies

 

 

 

First 60 days

All but $1,068 $1,260

$534 $630 (50% of Part A deductible)

$534 $630 (50% of Part A deductible)♦

61st thru 90th day

All but $267 $315 a day

$267 $315 a day

$0

91st day and after:

 

 

 

 

While using 60 lifetime reserve days

All but $534 $630 a day

$534 $630 a day

$0

 

Once lifetime reserve days are used:

 

 

 

 

Additional 365 days

$0

100% of Medicare eligible expenses

$0***

 

Beyond the additional 365 days

$0

$0

All costs

SKILLED NURSING FACILITY CARE**

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including having been in a hospital for at least 3 days and entered a Medicare-approved facility within 30 days after leaving the hospital

 

 

 

First 20 days

All approved amounts

$0

$0

21st thru 100th day

All but $133.50 $157.50 a day

Up to $66.75 $78.75 a day (50% of Part A coinsurance)

Up to $66.75 $78.75 a day (50% of Part A coinsurance)

101st day and after

$0

$0

All costs

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

50%

50%♦

Additional amounts

100%

$0

$0

HOSPICE CARE

 

 

 

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including a doctor's certification of terminal illness.

All but very limited copayment/coinsurance for outpatient drugs and inpatient respite care

50% of copayment/coinsurance

50% of Medicare copayment/coinsurance ♦

***NOTICE: When your Medicare Part A hospital benefits are exhausted, the insurer stands in the place of Medicare and will pay whatever the amount Medicare would have paid for up to an additional 365 days as provided in the policy's "core benefits." During this time the hospital is prohibited from billing you for the balance based on any difference between its billed charges and the amount Medicare would have paid.

PLAN K
MEDICARE (PART B)—MEDICAL SERVICES—PER CALENDAR YEAR

****Once you have been billed $135 $147 of Medicare-approved amounts for covered services (which are noted with an asterisk), your Part B deductible will have been met for the calendar year.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY*

MEDICAL EXPENSES - IN OR OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND OUTPATIENT HOSPITAL TREATMENT, such as physician's services, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services and supplies, physical and speech therapy, diagnostic tests, durable medical equipment

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts****

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B deductible)****♦

Preventive Benefits for Medicare covered services

Generally 75% 80% or more of Medicare-approved amounts

Remainder of Medicare-approved amounts

All costs above Medicare-approved amounts

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

Generally 80%

Generally 10%

Generally 10%♦

PART B EXCESS CHARGES

 

 

 

(Above Medicare-Approved Amounts)

$0

$0

All costs (and they do not count toward annual out-of-pocket limit of $4620)* $4,940)*

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

50%

50%♦

Next $135 $147 of Medicare Approved Amounts****

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B deductible)****♦

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

Generally 80%

Generally 10%

Generally 10%♦

CLINICAL LABORATORY SERVICES

 

 

 

TESTS FOR DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES

100%

$0

$0

*This plan limits your annual out-of-pocket payments for Medicare-approved amounts to $4,620 $4,940 per year. However, this limit does NOT include charges from your provider that exceed Medicare-approved amounts (these are called "Excess Charges") and you will be responsible for paying this difference in the amount charged by your provider and the amount paid by Medicare for the item or service.

PARTS A & B

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY*

HOME HEALTH CARE
MEDICARE-APPROVED SERVICES

 

 

 

Medically necessary skilled care services and medical supplies

100%

$0

$0

Durable medical equipment

 

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*****

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B deductible)♦

 

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

10%

10%♦

*****Medicare benefits are subject to change. Please consult the latest Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare.

PLAN L

*You will pay one-fourth of the cost-sharing of some covered services until you reach the annual out-of-pocket limit of $2,310 $2,470 each calendar year. The amounts that count toward your annual limit are noted with diamonds (♦) in the chart below. Once you reach the annual limit, the plan pays 100% of your Medicare copayment and coinsurance for the rest of the calendar year. However, this limit does NOT include charges from your provider that exceed Medicare-approved amounts (these are called "Excess Charges") and you will be responsible for paying this difference in the amount charged by your provider and the amount paid by Medicare for the item or service.

MEDICARE (PART A)—HOSPITAL SERVICES—PER BENEFIT PERIOD

**A benefit period begins on the first day you receive service as an inpatient in a hospital and ends after you have been out of the hospital and have not received skilled care in any other facility for 60 days in a row.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY*

HOSPITALIZATION**

Semiprivate room and board, general nursing and miscellaneous services and supplies

 

 

 

First 60 days

All but $1,068 $1,260

$808.50 $945 (75% of Part A deductible)

$267 $315 (25% of Part A deductible)♦

61st thru 90th day

All but $267 $315 a day

$267 $315 a day

$0

91st day and after:

 

 

 

 

While using 60 lifetime reserve days

All but $534 $630 a day

$534 $630 a day

$0

 

Once lifetime reserve days are used:

 

 

 

 

Additional 365 days

$0

100% of Medicare eligible expenses

$0***

 

Beyond the additional 365 days

$0

$0

All costs

SKILLED NURSING FACILITY CARE**

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including having been in a hospital for at least 3 days and entered a Medicare-approved facility within 30 days after leaving the hospital

 

 

 

First 20 days

All approved amounts

$0

$0

21st thru 100th day

All but $133.50 $157.50 a day

Up to $100.13 $118.13 a day (75% of Part A coinsurance)

Up to $33.38 $39.38 a day (25% of Part A coinsurance)

101st day and after

$0

$0

All costs

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

75%

25%♦

Additional amounts

100%

$0

$0

HOSPICE CARE

 

 

 

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including a doctor's certification of terminal illness.

All but very limited copayment/coinsurance for outpatient drugs and inpatient respite care

75% of copayment/coinsurance

25% of copayment/coinsurance ♦

***NOTICE: When your Medicare Part A hospital benefits are exhausted, the insurer stands in the place of Medicare and will pay whatever amount Medicare would have paid for up to an additional 365 days as provided in the policy's "core benefits." During this time the hospital is prohibited from billing you for the balance based on any difference between its billed charge and the amount Medicare would have paid.

PLAN L
MEDICARE (PART B)—MEDICAL SERVICES—PER CALENDAR YEAR

****Once you have been billed $135 $147 of Medicare-approved amounts for covered services (which are noted with an asterisk), your Part B deductible will have been met for the calendar year.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY*

MEDICAL EXPENSES - IN OR OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND OUTPATIENT HOSPITAL TREATMENT, such as physician's services, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services and supplies, physical and speech therapy, diagnostic tests, durable medical equipment

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts****

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B deductible)****♦

Preventive Benefits for Medicare covered services

Generally 75% 80% or more of Medicare-approved amounts

Remainder of Medicare-approved amounts

All costs above Medicare-approved amounts

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

Generally 80%

Generally 15%

Generally 5%♦

PART B EXCESS CHARGES

 

 

 

(Above Medicare-Approved Amounts)

$0

$0

All costs (and they do not count toward annual out-of-pocket limit of $2,310)* $2,470)*

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

75%

25%♦

Next $135 $147 of Medicare Approved Amounts****

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B deductible)♦

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

Generally 80%

Generally 15%

Generally 5%♦

CLINICAL LABORATORY SERVICES

 

 

 

TESTS FOR DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES

100%

$0

$0

*This plan limits your annual out-of-pocket payments for Medicare-approved amounts to $2,310 $2,470 per year. However, this limit does NOT include charges from your provider that exceed Medicare-approved amounts (these are called "Excess Charges") and you will be responsible for paying this difference in the amount charged by your provider and the amount paid by Medicare for the item or service.

PARTS A & B

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY*

HOME HEALTH CARE
MEDICARE-APPROVED SERVICES

 

 

 

Medically necessary skilled care services and medical supplies

100%

$0

$0

Durable medical equipment

 

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*****

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B deductible)♦

 

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

15%

5%♦

*****Medicare benefits are subject to change. Please consult the latest Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare.

PLAN M
MEDICARE (PART A)—HOSPITAL SERVICES—PER BENEFIT PERIOD

*A benefit period begins on the first day you receive service as an inpatient in a hospital and ends after you have been out of the hospital and have not received skilled care in any other facility for 60 days in a row.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

HOSPITALIZATION*

Semiprivate room and board, general nursing and miscellaneous services and supplies

 

 

 

First 60 days

All but $1,068 $1,260

$534 $630 (50% of Part A deductible)

$534 $630 (50% of Part A deductible)

61st thru 90th day

All but $267 $315 a day

$267 $315 a day

$0

91st day and after:

 

 

 

 

While using 60 lifetime reserve days

All but $534 $630 a day

$534 $630 a day

$0

 

Once lifetime reserve days are used:

 

 

 

 

Additional 365 days

$0

100% of Medicare eligible expenses

$0**

 

Beyond the additional 365 days

$0

$0

All costs

SKILLED NURSING FACILITY CARE*

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including having been in a hospital for at least 3 days and entered a Medicare-approved facility within 30 days after leaving the hospital

 

 

 

First 20 days

All approved amounts

$0

$0

21st thru 100th day

All but $133.50 $157.50 a day

Up to $133.50 $157.50 a day

$0

101st day and after

$0

$0

All costs

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

3 pints

$0

Additional amounts

100%

$0

$0

HOSPICE CARE

 

 

 

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including a doctor's certification of terminal illness.

All but very limited copayment/coinsurance for outpatient drugs and inpatient respite care

Medicare copayment/coinsurance

$0

**NOTICE: When your Medicare Part A hospital benefits are exhausted, the insurer stands in the place of Medicare and will pay whatever amount Medicare would have paid for up to an additional 365 days as provided in the policy's "core benefits." During this time the hospital is prohibited from billing you for the balance based on any difference between its billed charge and the amount Medicare would have paid.

PLAN M
MEDICARE (PART B)—MEDICAL SERVICES—PER CALENDAR YEAR

*Once you have been billed $135 $147 of Medicare-approved amounts for covered services (which are noted with an asterisk), your Part B deductible will have been met for the calendar year.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

MEDICAL EXPENSES - IN OR OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND OUTPATIENT HOSPITAL TREATMENT, such as physician's services, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services and supplies, physical and speech therapy, diagnostic tests, durable medical equipment

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B deductible)

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

Generally 80%

Generally 20%

$0

PART B EXCESS CHARGES

 

 

 

(Above Medicare-Approved Amounts)

$0

$0

All costs

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

All costs

$0

Next $135 $147 of Medicare Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B deductible)

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

20%

$0

CLINICAL LABORATORY SERVICES

 

 

 

TESTS FOR DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES

100%

$0

$0

PARTS A & B

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

HOME HEALTH CARE
MEDICARE-APPROVED SERVICES

 

 

 

Medically necessary skilled care services and medical supplies

100%

$0

$0

Durable medical equipment

 

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B deductible)

 

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

20%

$0

OTHER BENEFITS—NOT COVERED BY MEDICARE

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

FOREIGN TRAVEL
NOT COVERED BY MEDICARE

 

 

 

Medically necessary emergency care services beginning during the first 60 days of each trip outside the USA

 

 

 

 

First $250 each calendar year

$0

$0

$250

 

Remainder of Charges

$0

80% to a lifetime maximum benefit of $50,000

20% and amounts over the $50,000 lifetime maximum

PLAN N
MEDICARE (PART A)—HOSPITAL SERVICES—PER BENEFIT PERIOD

*A benefit period begins on the first day you receive service as an inpatient in a hospital and ends after you have been out of the hospital and have not received skilled care in any other facility for 60 days in a row.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

HOSPITALIZATION*

Semiprivate room and board, general nursing and miscellaneous services and supplies

 

 

 

First 60 days

All but $1,068 $1,260

$1,068 $1,260 (Part A deductible)

$0

61st thru 90th day

All but $267 $315 a day

$267 $315 a day

$0

91st day and after:

 

 

 

 

While using 60 lifetime reserve days

All but $534 $630 a day

$534 $630 a day

$0

 

Once lifetime reserve days are used:

 

 

 

 

Additional 365 days

$0

100% of Medicare eligible expenses

$0**

 

Beyond the additional 365 days

$0

$0

All costs

SKILLED NURSING FACILITY CARE*

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including having been in a hospital for at least 3 days and entered a Medicare-approved facility within 30 days after leaving the hospital

 

 

 

First 20 days

All approved amounts

$0

$0

21st thru 100th day

All but $133.50 $157.50 a day

Up to $133.50 $157.50 a day

$0

101st day and after

$0

$0

All costs

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

3 pints

$0

Additional amounts

100%

$0

$0

HOSPICE CARE

 

 

 

You must meet Medicare's requirements, including a doctor's certification of terminal illness.

All but very limited copayment/coinsurance for outpatient drugs and inpatient respite care

Medicare copayment/coinsurance

$0

**NOTICE: When your Medicare Part A hospital benefits are exhausted, the insurer stands in the place of Medicare and will pay whatever amount Medicare would have paid for up to an additional 365 days as provided in the policy's "core benefits." During this time the hospital is prohibited from billing you for the balance based on any difference between its billed charge and the amount Medicare would have paid.

PLAN N
MEDICARE (PART B)—MEDICAL SERVICES—PER CALENDAR YEAR

*Once you have been billed $135 $147 of Medicare-approved amounts for covered services (which are noted with an asterisk), your Part B deductible will have been met for the calendar year.

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

MEDICAL EXPENSES - IN OR OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND OUTPATIENT HOSPITAL TREATMENT, such as physician's services, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services and supplies, physical and speech therapy, diagnostic tests, durable medical equipment

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B deductible)

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

Generally 80%

Balance, other than up to $20 per office visit and up to $50 per emergency room visit. The copayment of up to $50 is waived if the insured is admitted to any hospital and the emergency visit is covered as a Medicare Part A expense.

Up to$20 per office visit and up to $50 per emergency visit. The copayment of up to $50 is waived if the insured is admitted to any hospital and the emergency room visit is covered as a Medicare Part A expense.

PART B EXCESS CHARGES

 

 

 

(Above Medicare-Approved Amounts)

$0

$0

All costs

BLOOD

 

 

 

First 3 pints

$0

All costs

$0

Next $135 $147 of Medicare Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B deductible)

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

20%

$0

CLINICAL LABORATORY SERVICES

 

 

 

TESTS FOR DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES

100%

$0

$0

PARTS A & B

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

HOME HEALTH CARE
MEDICARE-APPROVED SERVICES

 

 

 

Medically necessary skilled care services and medical supplies

100%

$0

$0

Durable medical equipment

 

 

 

 

First $135 $147 of Medicare-Approved Amounts*

$0

$0

$135 $147 (Part B deductible)

 

Remainder of Medicare-Approved Amounts

80%

20%

$0

OTHER BENEFITS—NOT COVERED BY MEDICARE

SERVICES

MEDICARE PAYS

PLAN PAYS

YOU PAY

FOREIGN TRAVEL
NOT COVERED BY MEDICARE

 

 

 

Medically necessary emergency care services beginning during the first 60 days of each trip outside the USA

 

 

 

 

First $250 each calendar year

$0

$0

$250

 

Remainder of Charges

$0

80% to a lifetime maximum benefit of $50,000

20% and amounts over the $50,000 lifetime maximum


E. Notice regarding policies or certificates which that are not Medicare supplement policies.

1. Any accident and sickness insurance policy or certificate issued for delivery in this Commonwealth to persons eligible for Medicare, other than a Medicare supplement policy, a policy issued pursuant to a contract under § 1876 of the federal Social Security Act (42 USC § 1395 et seq.), a disability income policy, or other policy identified in 14VAC5-170-20 B, shall notify insureds under the policy that the policy is not a Medicare supplement policy or certificate. The notice shall either be printed or attached to the first page of the outline of coverage delivered to insureds under the policy, or if no outline of coverage is delivered, to the first page of the policy, or certificate delivered to insureds. The notice shall be in no less than 12 point type and shall contain the following language:

"THIS [POLICY OR CERTIFICATE] IS NOT A MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT [POLICY OR CONTRACT]. If you are eligible for Medicare, review the Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare available from the company."

2. Applications provided to persons eligible for Medicare for the health insurance policies or certificates described in subdivision 1 of this subsection shall disclose, using the applicable statement in Appendix C, the extent to which the policy duplicates Medicare. The disclosure statement shall be provided as a part of, or together with, the application for the policy or certificate.

F. Notice requirements for attained age rated Medicare supplement policies or certificates. Issuers of Medicare supplement policies or certificates which that use attained age rating shall provide a notice to all prospective applicants at the time the application is presented, and except for direct response policies or certificates, shall obtain an acknowledgement of receipt of the notice from the applicant. The notice shall be in no less than 12 point type and shall contain the information included in Appendix D. The notice shall be provided as part of, or together with, the application for the policy or certificate.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-5121; Filed June 20, 2017, 1:47 p.m.
TITLE 14. INSURANCE
VIRGINIA BIRTH-RELATED NEUROLOGICAL INJURY COMPENSATION PROGRAM
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program is claiming an exemption from the Administrative Process Act in accordance with § 38.2-5002.1 of the Code of Virginia, which provides that the procedure for adoption of rules and regulations by the board of directors of the program shall be consistent with the provisions of Article 2 (§ 2.2-4006 et seq.) of the Administrative Process Act.

Title of Regulation: 14VAC10-10. Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program Regulations (adding 14VAC10-10-10 through 14VAC10-10-230).

Statutory Authority: § 38.2-5002.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: July 10, 2017.

Agency Contact: George Deebo, Executive Director, Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program, 7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23225, telephone (804) 330-2471, FAX (804) 330-3054, or email gdeebo@vabirthinjury.com.

Summary:

The regulation provides the general requirements concerning the Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program, including (i) procedures for claims processing, (ii) available benefits for admitted claimants, (iii)  procedures for requesting reimbursement or compensation for the types of expenses covered by the benefits, and (iv) procedures for requesting benefits not expressly addressed by the regulations.

CHAPTER 10

VIRGINIA BIRTH-RELATED NEUROLOGICAL INJURY COMPENSATION PROGRAM REGULATIONS

Part I
General Procedural Requirements

14VAC10-10-10. Payer of last resort.

The Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program (Program) is a payer of last resort. Each admitted claimant's primary insurance and other sources of coverage should be billed for covered services before the Program is asked to pay for a service. An admitted claimant may not receive reimbursement or compensation from the Program for expenses for items or services, or for reimbursements, that he has received or is entitled to receive by contract, state law, or federal law, or from another source, except to the extent that it is prohibited by federal law.

14VAC10-10-20. Primary insurance.

A. Medical services that are required to be precertified, preauthorized, or authorized by the admitted claimant's primary insurance provider may not be payable by the Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program (Program) if the primary insurance carrier's certification or authorization process has not been satisfied.

B. Admitted claimants must utilize the primary insurer's in-network providers and facilities unless otherwise authorized by the Program. Utilizing non-network or nonparticipating providers or facilities may result in reduced payment or nonpayment of incurred expenses.

14VAC10-10-30. Medical review.

The Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program reserves the right to submit requests for services or equipment for independent medical review to determine medical necessity or appropriateness of care prior to authorizing payment.

Part II
Benefits

14VAC10-10-40. Counseling.

The Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program will pay for counseling for family members related to the needs of an admitted claimant. After primary insurance, a maximum of $1,500 per calendar year will be paid for this service. Services must be provided by a licensed clinical social worker, counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist.

14VAC10-10-50. Personal nursing and assistive care.

A. The Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program (Program) will pay for appropriate medically necessary and reasonable nursing care or assistive care as recommended in writing by the admitted claimant's primary care physician.

B. The Program will review or consult periodically with medical professionals concerning the continued appropriateness of the nursing hours.

C. The Program utilizes nursing agencies when available. All nursing agencies utilized by the Program must provide to the Program copies of their employment policies regarding the criminal history records checks and sex offender searches conducted on their employees. All nursing agencies utilized by the Program must provide a certification to the Program for each employee the agencies places for care of admitted claimants that verifies that the named employee has not been convicted of any offense listed as a barrier crime pursuant to § 37.2-314, 37.2-416, or 37.2-506 of the Code of Virginia. No nursing agency shall be reimbursed for any hours worked by an agency employee for which such certification has not been provided to the Program. Signed and dated time sheets and monthly care summaries must be submitted with each request for reimbursement. If an agency is unable to provide care, the Executive Director of the Program is authorized to approve other arrangements.

D. If a nursing agency is not available, or the admitted claimant's parent or legal guardian chooses to employ a relative or legal guardian of the admitted claimant to provide prescribed nursing or attendant care authorized by the admitted claimant's primary care physician or appropriate treating specialist physician, the Program may reimburse the admitted claimant's parent or legal guardian for care providers who are employed by the admitted claimant's family as independent contractors or household employees, as the case may be, upon approval of the Executive Director of the Program. The Program will reimburse admitted claimant families for employment-related taxes such as FICA or unemployment tax, related to the hiring of an independent contractor upon receipt of proper documentation of payment of these taxes. The parent or legal guardian of the admitted claimant must provide a certification to the Program for each independent contractor or household employee who the parent or legal guardian hires for an admitted claimant's care that verifies that the named independent contractor or household employee has not been convicted of any offense listed as a barrier crime pursuant to § 37.2-314, 37.2-416, or 37.2-506 of the Code of Virginia. No parent or legal guardian shall be reimbursed for any hours worked by an independent contractor for which such certification has not been provided to the Program. The parent or legal guardian of the admitted claimant will pay any application fees associated with requesting these background checks of the Virginia State Police. Upon receipt of the certification and a receipt from the Virginia State Police or an authenticated copy of the canceled check, the Program will reimburse those application fees associated with the application of the independent contractor or household employee actually hired. Signed and dated time sheets, signed and dated receipts of payment, and monthly care summaries must be submitted with each request for reimbursement.

E. The Program will not reimburse a care provider for more than a 16-hour shift within a 24-hour period unless there is an emergency and no other care provider is available to care for the admitted claimant. Overtime is not paid unless preauthorized by the Program. The Program will not reimburse for work by a full-time caregiver for more than 40 hours per week unless preauthorized by the Program.

F. The Program will not provide a private duty nurse while an admitted claimant is hospitalized unless the attending physician considers it medically necessary and a written order for private duty nursing is provided to the Program. The Program will pay for a sitter who is not a family member and may not have medical experience while the child is hospitalized, if requested, and with prior approval from the Program and a letter of medical necessity from the attending physician.

G. The Program will provide nurses or caregivers to accompany admitted claimants during school hours provided such care is deemed medically necessary and is not otherwise available. This care counts toward the total approved nursing hours.

H. The Program will reimburse medically necessary care provider expenses if they have not been previously filed with the tax authorities as deductions or credits. If they have been filed with the tax authorities as deductions or credits, then an amended tax report must be filed with the tax authorities and a copy of the amended tax report provided to the Program before the family will be reimbursed for these expenses.

I. The Program may reimburse for medically necessary and reasonable nursing and attendant care that is provided by a relative or legal guardian of an admitted claimant so long as that care is beyond the scope of childcare duties and services normally and gratuitously provided by family members to uninjured children and so long as such care and reimbursement requests are in accordance with other applicable provisions and the following:

1. The relative or legal guardian providing the care must be at least 18 years of age.

2. The parent or legal guardian of the admitted claimant must submit a letter of medical necessity from the admitted claimant's primary care physician or appropriate treating specialist physician that sets forth the number of nursing or attendant care hours needed per day; the physician's assessment regarding the level of care required; and certification that the intended caregiver is appropriately trained, qualified, and physically capable of performing the required home medical and attendant care duties. Medically necessary care to be provided by a relative or legal guardian of an admitted claimant shall be performed only at the direction and control of the admitted claimant's primary care physician or appropriate treating specialist physician.

3. The parent or legal guardian of the admitted claimant must provide a certification to the Program for each caregiver the parent or legal guardian hires for an admitted claimant's care that verifies that the named caregiver has not been convicted of any offense listed as a barrier crime pursuant to §§ 37.2-314, 37.2-416, or 37.2-506 of the Code of Virginia. No parent or legal guardian shall be reimbursed for any hours worked by a caregiver for whom such certification has not been provided to the Program. The parent or legal guardian of the admitted claimant will pay any application fees associated with requesting these background checks of the Virginia State Police. Upon receipt of the certification and a receipt from the Virginia State Police or an authenticated copy of the canceled check, the Program will reimburse those application fees associated with the application of the caregiver actually hired.

4. Any relative or legal guardian of an admitted claimant providing caregiver services must provide a signed release of liability form to the Program regarding any potential injury sustained during the course of providing services to the admitted claimant.

5. Any parent or legal guardian of an admitted claimant choosing to utilize nursing or attendant care that is provided by a relative or legal guardian in lieu of nursing or other professional caregiver services must provide a signed release of liability form to the Program regarding any potential injury sustained by the admitted claimant during the course of receiving care.

6. Signed and dated time sheets, signed and dated receipts of payment, and monthly care summaries must be submitted with each request for reimbursement.

7. The Program will not reimburse for care provided by a nurse or other professional caregiver and by a relative or legal guardian for the same hours. Hours of care provided by a relative or legal guardian of an admitted claimant cannot be used to supplement hours of care provided by professional caregivers or nursing agencies to the extent that those hours would exceed the total hours deemed medically necessary and authorized by the Program.

8. No more than 12 hours within a 24-hour period may be reimbursed for care provided by any single relative or legal guardian of an admitted claimant.

9. The rate of reimbursement for nursing and attendant care that is provided by a relative or legal guardian of an admitted claimant shall be the average hourly rate for a home health aide (combined all industries) as reported by the Commonwealth of Virginia's Labor Market Data report for the applicable metropolitan statistical area in the most recently published data available. The Program will reimburse an admitted claimant's parent or legal guardian for employment-related taxes, such as FICA or unemployment tax, resulting from that parent or legal guardian's employment of a relative or legal guardian as the admitted claimant's caregiver as set forth in this chapter, upon receipt of proper documentation of payment of these taxes.

10. The Program's Executive Director and staff reserve the right to have reviewed each nursing or attendant care plan or physician order for medical necessity.

J. The Program generally follows Medicaid payment rates depending on the locality or state where the care is delivered.

K. Travel expenses associated with nursing care are reimbursable only if the travel is medically necessary. No travel expenses will be paid for nurses or caregivers accompanying families on vacation or other nonmedically necessary travel. Travel expenses for medically necessary nursing or attendant care during medically necessary travel will only be paid for one person in addition to the admitted claimant. All such payments or reimbursements are made to the parent or guardian of the admitted claimant not to the caregiver.

14VAC10-10-60. Dental care.

The Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program will pay for the admitted claimant's dental care costs if they are medically necessary not cosmetic and are not covered by other sources.

14VAC10-10-70. Therapy.

A. The Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program (Program) will pay for therapy that is determined to be medically necessary and reasonable and for which there is a letter of medical necessity provided by the admitted claimant's primary care physician or appropriate treating specialist physician.

B. The Program may consult periodically with appropriate medical professionals regarding the necessity for continuing various therapies including behavioral, physical, horseback, and speech therapy.

14VAC10-10-80. Transportation; vans.

A. The Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program (Program) will fund the purchase of a van when it becomes medically necessary for wheelchair transportation. Van options for admitted claimants are available from the Program. The Program will have the primary lien on the van's certificate of title, although the van itself will be titled in the name of the admitted claimant's parents or legal guardians. The Program will pay the personal property taxes on and sales taxes resulting from the initial purchase of the medically necessary van and also will pay an amount equal to the uninsured motorist fee, or the insurance premium for the van, whichever is less. Other operating costs, such as city or county decals and tags, maintenance, repairs, and tires will be the responsibility of the parents or guardians. Mileage and other transportation costs will be reimbursed as set out under 14VAC10-10-150. The Program will reimburse the admitted claimant's family for the cost of insuring the lift and tie downs if an additional cost is incurred for this and a receipt is provided.

B. Vans will be replaced at approximately 100,000 miles. Documentation of the vehicle's service history and condition will be considered in determining the timing of van replacement.

C. In the event a van provided by the Program is no longer necessary for transportation of the admitted claimant, the van must be returned, and the title must be transferred to the Program within three months. The family may purchase the van if an agreeable purchase price is agreed upon with the Executive Director of the Program.

D. All vans returned to the Program should be in good working order and be able to pass a Virginia state inspection. If the van is not in good working order or cannot pass a Virginia state inspection, the admitted claimant's parent or legal guardian must have the defects repaired at his own cost if the expense is not covered by insurance prior to returning the vehicle to the Program.

14VAC10-10-90. Equipment.

A. Equipment documented as medically necessary by the admitted claimant's physician will be provided by the Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program (Program). Because there is a gamut of equipment that may be provided, no attempt is made to list all such equipment in this section. Equipment provided to date, however, includes oxygen concentrators, bipap machines, feeding pumps, gait trainers, wheelchairs, Wizard strollers, suction machines, apnea monitors, IV poles, pulse oximeters, therapy balls, therapy mats, Gorilla car seats, wheelchair lifts, and wheelchair tie-downs.

B. All medically necessary equipment (except vans) purchased entirely by the Program remains the property of the Program. Depending upon the type of equipment and its condition, it is expected that equipment will be returned to the Program when no longer required by the admitted claimant. The family may purchase the equipment if a purchase price is agreed upon with the Executive Director of the Program. If the equipment is not purchased entirely by the Program it does not have to be returned to the Program.

14VAC10-10-100. Augmentative communication technology.

A. The Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program (Program) will pay for devices, equipment, and computer software for the purpose of aiding in communication of an admitted claimant who otherwise is unable to communicate verbally. The Program may require an evaluation be completed by a Program assigned augmentative communication consultant to ensure the appropriate equipment is recommended or purchased.

B. For all equipment supplied by the Program, it is expected that the admitted claimant and those involved in the care of the admitted claimant will utilize the equipment as intended and invest the time and effort required for the equipment to be utilized successfully.

C. In accordance with the Program's general policy on purchasing medically necessary equipment, all augmentative communication technology equipment remains the property of the Program. If for any reason the equipment no longer is necessary or not utilized by the admitted claimant, it should be returned to the Program. Because the Program is a payer of last resort, all measures for obtaining covera