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Last week the General Assembly reached the midpoint of its annual session, or crossover as it is called in the legislature. At this time in the calendar, the House of Delegates and the Senate have completed work on the bills that were introduced into the respective houses.
The House of Delegates released a budget plan for Virginia for the next two years that rejects calls from Gov. Terry McAuliffe to expand the state’s Medicaid rolls. A competing Senate plan would create a prvate-insurance Marketplace Virginia.
Virginia Organizing, a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization, held nine media conferences across the Commonwealth on Friday to support Medicaid expansion in Virginia.
Medicaid expansion is back, only now it goes by another name. With entrenched positions established on Medicaid expansion, some legislators are floating an alternative plan involving premium assistance run through the new federally-facilitated exchange, a plan termed “Marketplace Virginia.” It would probably help to unpack a bit.
African-Americans will benefit greatly from the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, as a disproportionate percentage of blacks will become newly eligible for healthcare coverage.
Last week, America watched as President Barack Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.
We understand the General Assembly wants to reform Medicaid, and the Speaker has called for an in-depth audit to make the program more cost-effective. We couldn’t agree with those efforts more. We too believe in being fiscally responsible with our healthcare dollars and taxpayers’ money.
A bipartisan House majority voted Friday to pass legislation to require people to be notified of security breaches under ObamaCare. The bill, styled the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014, passed by a 291-122 vote, with 67 Democrats joining the majority.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that some individuals who had their health plans cancelled will be automatically eligible for a hardship exemption that allows them to purchase a catastrophic plan on the healthcare insurance marketplace.
A new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families found the number of uninsured children in the Commonwealth declined by about 14 percent between 2010 and 2012. The report attributes the good news to the success of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (known as FAMIS in Virginia).
President Barack Obama defended the rollout of the Affordable Care Act at an event in Boston on Wednesday with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Massachusetts has a similar state health-care system as what is being implemented at the federal level. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, was the architect of the system, signed it into law in 2006.
We found this interesting back-and-forth between White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and reporters at today’s press briefing on the Affordable Care Act worth sharing.
Since the October 1st roll-out of Healthcare.gov, there has been no shortage of technical issues. The website, where under the president’s healthcare law Americans without insurance or required by the law to find new insurance can enroll in the new federally-run insurance exchanges, has been plagued by countless glitches.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli warned today that in the wake of the October 1st rollout of the health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare), con artists are already scamming consumers with fake web sites and phone calls.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine submitted the following comments to Virginia’s Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission in response to its request for public input on the decision of whether or not to expand Medicaid in Virginia.