Delegate Landes continues to promote Virginia’s healthcare safety net, providing funding to targeted services without expanding broken government entitlement programs. In the 2017 General Assembly session, the House of Delegates worked to reform Medicaid and welfare, combat opioid and heroin addiction, and increase access to healthcare services.
In 2017, Delegate Landes introduced legislation that became law establishing Direct Primary Care Agreements. House Bill 2053 allows an agreement between a health care provider and an individual patient under which the provider charges a predetermined fee as consideration for providing primary care to the patient. This bill will establish a new and innovative healthcare delivery model between patients and their doctors. House Bill 2417 directs the Department of Medical Assistance Services to establish a program to mitigate, through the use of prepayment analytics, the risk of improper payments to providers of services that are paid through the Department's fee-for-service delivery system who commit fraud, abuse, or errors. This law resulted from JLARC recommendations. He also introduced a budget amendment, Item 306 #h11 that added funding to increase the number of Family and Individuals Support Waiver slots by 400.
Delegate Landes is committed to strengthening and expanding our healthcare safety net. He will continue his fight to increase healthcare access, affordability, and choice, without expanding government entitlement programs. Additionally, Delegate Landes was appointed to serve on the Joint Subcommittee for Health and Human Resources Oversight. In the Joint Subcommittee, members of the House and Senate will explore ways to respond to healthcare changes at the federal level, provide ongoing oversight of Medicaid and the children’s health insurance programs, and to provide oversight of Health and Human Resources agencies.