New legislation could help Virginia families retain critical health care benefits.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Marisa Norman walked into a Virginia Beach library prepared to learn how it works. It’s one place she’s considering working at.

Marisa has special needs. Much of the care she receives comes from a state Medicaid program her family has been able to enroll in. Her family has been approved for the Family & Individual Support waiver.

“It’s not just medical care,” Marissa’s mother, Michelle, said. “There’s respite care, personalized care, behavioral supports, and also job opportunities support.”

But there’s a catch: the family only gets the care if they live in Virginia. Marisa and her mother live in Virginia Beach but her father is in the Navy and has been stationed out of state four times in the past nine years..

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