Virginia Medicaid Changes in 2018

On August 1, 2018, the Medicaid program offered by Virginia Medicaid began changing. Under the new program, you maintain the benefits you have now and gain access to additional benefits and services.

You may be assigned to the same health plan you have now, or you may be assigned to a new health plan with a different plan provider.

You have the right to choose Optima Family Care as your Medicaid health plan.

Learn more about the Optima Family Care Difference.

When to expect changes

The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) is rolling out the new program region by region, across the state, between August 1st and through December 1st of this year.

Find out when you can expect these changes using the map and schedule below.

  • Tidewater Region - August 1, 2018

    Chesapeake Newport News Suffolk
    Gloucester Norfolk Virginia Beach
    Hampton Northampton Williamsburg
    Isle of Wight Poquoson York
    James City Portsmouth
  • Central Region - September 1, 2018

    Amelia Goochland Middlesex
    Brunswick Grennville New Kent
    Caroline Hanover Nottoway
    Charles City Henrica Petersburg
    Chesterfield Hopewell Powhatan
    Colonial Heights King and Queen Prince George
    Cumberland King George Richmond City
    Dinwiddle King William Richmond County
    Emporia Lancaster Southampton
    Essex Lunenburg Stafford
    Franklin City Mathews Surry
    Fredricksburg Meclenburg Sussex
  • Northern/Winchester Region - October 1, 2018

    Clark Page Warren
    Culpepper Prince William Winchester
    Frederick Rappahanock Manassas City
    Shenandoah    
  • Charlottesville/Western Region - November 1, 2018

    Albermarle Danville Nelson
    Amherst Fluvanna Orange
    Appomattox Greene Pittsylvania
    Augusta Halifax Rockingham
    Buckingham Harrisonburg Staunton
    Campbell Louisa Waynesboro
    Charlotte Lynchburg  
    Charlottesville Madison  
  • Roanoke/Alleghany Region - December 1, 2018

    ALLEGHANY FLOYD PULASKI
    BATH FRANKLIN CO. ROANOKE CITY
    BEDFORD CO. GILES ROANOKE CO.
    BOTETOURT HIGHLAND ROCKBRIDGE
    BUENA VISTA LEXINGTON SALEM
    COVINGTON MONTGOMERY WYTHE
    CRAIG PATRICK  
  • Southwest Region - December 1, 2018

    BLAND GRAYSON TAZEWELL
    BRISTOL NORTON WASHINGTON
    BUCHANAN RUSSELL WISE
    DICKENSON SCOTT  
    GALAX SMYTH  

What you can do

When you receive your assignment letter from DMAS, you may not be assigned to Optima Family Care. You have the right to choose your Medicaid plan from one of the six participating plan providers within 90 days of being assigned.

Choosing Optima Family Care.

Medicaid Expansion


Medicaid Expansion is coming to Virginia in January 2019. More information will be available soon.

Optima Family Care