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385K Virginia consumers enrolled in 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace coverage

In Virginia, 385,154 consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in quality, affordable health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace as of Feb. 22, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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Tim Kaine on King v. Burwell challenge to ObamaCare

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement as oral arguments in King v. Burwell began at the Supreme Court.


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Bob Goodlatte: Stories from Obamacare

Next month marks five years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, was signed into law. We’ve all heard stories stemming from Obamacare: loss of coverage, higher costs, technology glitches, and red tape a mile long. But for all too many American families, these stories are real life nightmares.


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Congressman Robert Hurt touts vote to repeal healthcare law

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 596, which would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and direct certain congressional committees to offer alternative, market-based legislation that meets specific goals to improve our nation’s healthcare system.


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VCU study shows number of people were facing high medical costs before ACA implementation

New coverage options offered by the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces provided potential benefits for the increasing number of Americans who were shouldering high medical cost burdens prior to the ACA.


Libertarian perspective on Hobby Lobby ruling

In response to yesterday’s Hobby Lobby ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict made the following statement.


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Randy Forbes: A real story behind ObamaCare

Obamacare has been mired in problems from the beginning. The poorly planned roll out of exchange websites left citizens frustrated and confused. In fact, as of February, 22,000 Americans have filed requests to fix errors in their health insurance coverage that occurred because of website glitches.


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Sebelius approves hardship exemption for those with healthcare plans canceled

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.


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Virginia Organizing hosts ObamaCare forum in Waynesboro

Virginia Organizing will host a Health Insurance Marketplace forum on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Waynesboro Public Library to help individuals enroll in the Marketplace and provide more information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


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Warner leads effort in Senate to exempt first responders from healthcare mandate

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) led a group of Senators in introducing bipartisan legislation to ensure volunteer firefighters and other first responders can continue protecting communities that rely on them. Some volunteer firefighters are nominally paid, and most volunteer first responders have other full-time employment.


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Robert Hurt: Healthcare website poses major cybersecurity risks

This weekend, the Obama administration announced that the federal health insurance exchange website is now “accessible for the vast majority of users” after two months of glitches, errors, and bugs. While the website may be more accessible, the administration has not addressed another major issue presented by the launch of this website.


Obama administration: Virginia seniors save $197M in prescription costs under ACA

Seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare prescription drug plan coverage saved $8.9 billion to date on their prescription drugs thanks to the Affordable Care Act, according to new data released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).


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Warner, Kaine call on administration for leadership to fix Healthcare.Gov

U.S. Sens, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined a coalition of senators in calling on President Obama to quickly appoint a long-term replacement for Jeffrey Zients, who is departing to become director of the National Economic Council on Jan. 2, to oversee the technical repair of healthcare.gov.


Cuccinelli challenges Obamacare employer mandate on Virginia businesses

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed a brief in federal court on Tuesday challenging the IRS’s enforcement of Obamacare’s employer mandate penalty against Virginia businesses, alleging the penalty cannot be enforced in the Commonwealth under the president’s healthcare law, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).


Chris Graham: Throw healthcare reform out with the bathwater

We all get it. The Obamacare website isn’t working. Nice pound of flesh with the visuals at the congressional hearing the other day. So, the website isn’t working, and thus we might as well just scrap the whole thing. The millions of uninsured and underinsured, hell with you. Perpetually rising healthcare costs that affect all of us, so what.


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Bob Goodlatte: Putting a Band-Aid on Healthcare.gov

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.


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Sen. Mark Warner asks for study of shutdown impact

How much did the 16-day partial government shutdown cost the U.S. economy? Sen. Mark Warner thinks we need to know.


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Cuccinelli memo spins backdrop for tonight’s gubernatorial debate

The Democratic Party is in disarray over the ObamaCare rollout, and Terry McAuliffe is going to have to answer for his continued support of the Affordable Care Act.


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McAuliffe pounces on Cuccinelli equivocation on end to shutdown

Republican gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli isn’t sure whether he would have voted to end the federal government shutdown. Democratic rival Terry McAuliffe is incredulous that Cuccinelli can equivocate on the end to the shutdown.


Chris Graham: Fire Kathleen Sebelius

Firing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should not have anything to do with politics. Pure and simple, it should be about a job nowhere near well done.


McDonnell issues terse statement on end to shutdown

Bob McDonnell, liberated from having to be careful about what he says because his political career is winding down post-scandal, offered choice words for lawmakers in Washington at the end to the inane 16-day government shutdown.


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House passes budget compromise; Goodlatte, Hurt vote no

The House voted 285-144 late Wednesday to pass the Senate budget compromise. President Barack Obama signaled that he would sign the legislation, which also includes an increase in the federal debt ceiling.


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Winners/Losers: #TheShutdown

The Republican brand has taken a huge hit. The Senate, in play in the 2014 cycle, now seems a stretch. The House, safe in 2010 and 2012 due to state-level gerrymandering, is now in play for Democrats, in the lead big-time in generic congressional polling.


AG’s office warns of scams linked to ObamaCare rollout

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.


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Tim Kaine: Halt to Senate budget negotiations ‘reckless’

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine is none too pleased that Senate Republicans broke off bipartisan budget negotiations to allow House Republicans time to craft a partisan budget proposal that has little chance of seeing the light of day.