Medicaid & Social Services Section

The Medicaid and Social Services Section provides legal counsel and representation to several state agency clients, including the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS), the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and the Office of Comprehensive Services (OCS), as well as various boards associated with these client agencies. As part of its representation, attorneys in this section assist these clients in protecting the safety of children and other vulnerable citizens of the Commonwealth.

DMAS is the single state agency which administers the Virginia Medicaid program, a joint federal and state program that provides health care and long term care coverage for specific groups of Virginians with low incomes under Title XIX of the Social Security Act. DMAS also administers the Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) and FAMIS MOMS programs, which provide health care coverage to low income children and pregnant women. The section reviews regulations promulgated by the Department, contracts for various services and procurements, provides legal advice on issues which affect these programs and provides counsel to the meetings held quarterly by the Board of Medical Assistance Services. The section also handles any litigation which arises out these programs. Litigation typically involves recipient appeals where coverage may be limited or denied, or provider appeals, in which medical providers dispute the reimbursement paid by DMAS.

DSS is the state agency which supervises the locally administered social services system in Virginia. The agency provides guidance and oversight to 120 local agencies across the state. DSS administers a number of benefits programs, including the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the food stamp program, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Energy Assistance, and Child Care Assistance. DSS also provides various services such as Child Protective Services, Refugee Resettlement Services, and adoption and foster care services. Similar to the services provided to DMAS, this section's attorneys also review DSS regulations promulgated by the Board of Social Services, review various contracts for procurements and services, assist at Board of Social Services meetings, and provide legal advice on social services issues. The litigation consists primarily of defending findings of child abuse and appeals of decisions within various benefits programs.

The Office of Comprehensive Services, along with its supervisory body, the State Executive Council (SEC), administers the provisions of the Comprehensive Services Act for At-Risk Youth and Families (CSA), a law that establishes a single state pool of funds to purchase services for at- risk youth and their families. The Section provides advice to these clients regarding SEC policies and assists in the SEC Board meetings. 

DARS’ representation is handled by both this section and the Health Services Section. This section's representation is in the adult services area, including adult protective services.

Kim F. Piner

Section Chief

Medicaid & Social Services Section

Office of the Attorney General
202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, VA 23219