NEW meeting scheduled for Monday, July 17

Virginia Beach CCC Plus Town Hall

The new Virginia Medicaid managed care program, Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC Plus) begins August 1 in Tidewater. The program then rolls out in regions across Virginia through December.

For people in Tidewater – Individuals who live in Tidewater who are being enrolled in CCC Plus should have received a letter from the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) at the end of June. The letter included the name of the managed care company automatically assigned for each person. If you want to change to a different managed care company, you must do so by Tuesday, July 18 for the change to be effective August 1.

You will be able to change managed care companies through November 18, but in the meantime you will have to use the managed care company assigned to you if you do not request the change before the 18th of the preceding month.

DMAS held two Town Hall meetings in Tidewater this week. The response was heavy. The Town Hall in Norfolk was not able to include everyone who wanted to hear the session. DMAS has quickly responded by scheduling a third Town Hall for people in Tidewater on Monday, 1:00pm in Virginia Beach (information below). The six managed care companies have been invited to attend the Town Hall on Monday to answer your questions and to talk about their enhanced benefits. The same DMAS staff who were at the two Town Hall meetings this week will be presenting at the Town Hall in Virginia Beach on Monday.

In addition to the Town Hall meetings, you can call the CCC Plus Helpline at 1-844-374-9159 (TTY: 1-800-817-6608) for information. Online information is available at www.cccplusva.com.

Please share this information with people who live in the Tidewater area. The announcement is also at http://www.dmas.virginia.gov/Content_pgs/mltss-meminfo.aspx.

Tidewater Area

Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus Town Hall Meeting

Monday, July 17th, 1:00-3:00pm

Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach

  • Come learn about the new program called Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC Plus).
  • Have your questions answered by representatives from each of the health plans that you can choose from to provide your Medicaid benefits.
  • Learn about the unique features and benefits that each plan has to offer.
  • Learn how to contact your Care Coordinator, and other important health plan information.

To request special accessibility or other accommodations, please email cccplus@dmas.virginia.gov  as soon as possible.

For a full list of the 12 town hall meetings statewide, go to www.cccplusva.com

Transition to Adult Living, Learning and Working
ECI is hosting a series of five workshops to provide useful information to youth with disabilities. The focus will be to help students and their parents prepare for life after school and how to be successful in our community. Workshops will be held at ECI, 6300 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk. Each workshop will be held on a Thursday from 1pm to 3pm.  Topics are:
  • 7/20/17     Social Security Employment Benefits
  • 7/27/17     Medicaid Waivers: New Changes
Virginia Dominion EnergyShare 
Virginia Dominion EnergyShare is offering a limited number of  grants to help people with their electric service. If you have already been assisted by Salvation Army in 2017, you are not eligible to apply. (People over 60 can be assisted twice in 2017 by Salvation Army.) Funds would not be paid to the participant, but will only be credited to their Virginia Power account.  It is on a first come first, serve basis after a completed request is submitted by your ECI Coordinator.  Please contact your ECI Coordinator for more information.

Endependence Center Participants must meet all the following criteria:

  • need financial assistance with energy costs;
  • receive SSI or SSDI;
  • have monthly income below $2,200;
  • have electric bill in their name – there  are some exceptions;
  • the electric service must be at the residence where they are living. It does not pay past due amounts at other addresses or very large past due amounts.


Logo-Are You Prepared? with pictures of various types of disasters (i.e., biohazard, flood, tornado, fire, Red Cross, Bicycle)

Hurricane season begins June 1 and goes through November 30. It is important to be prepared.

Why prepare for a Disaster?

Being ready for a hurricane or other disaster is a part of maintaining your independence. You need to prepare to meet your own needs as a person with a disability. Each person with a disability has to develop a Personalized Emergency Plan that can be implement during a disaster for your survival. When developing your Plan, you need to prepare a Supply Kit and develop a Support Network.

Supply Kit or To Go Bag – contains supplies you would most likely need for an evacuation or to shelter-in-place. Be sure to include items specific to your disability. Your kit/bag will need to have in it enough supplies for 3 to 5 days.

Support Network – Establish a personal support network of people who will check with you and assist you when needed (i.e., family, caregiver, friends, neighbors, co-workers).

It is important to know what is happening and what to do through information through the Media and Social Networks (i.e., TV, radio, Twitter, newspaper, and Facebook). You will need to decide whether to go to a shelter or to shelter-in-place. You will need to use your Supply Kit/To Go Bag for either option. ReadyHamptonRoads has links to all of the localities websites and you are encouraged to sign up for their alerts to get updates about emergencies.

For more information, go to www.ReadyHamptonRoads.org or attend our Emergency Preparedness/Basic First Aid Workshop on Thursday, August 3 (1:30 pm – 3:00 pm) at ECI.