Senate Republicans kill Virginia Medicare supplemental insurance bill

healthcareSenate Republicans killed Senator John S. Edwards’ (D-Roanoke) bill to provide Medicare supplemental insurance coverage to 112,000 Virginians with disabilities under the age of 65. The bill (SB 760) was reported yesterday from the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee with bipartisan support on a 9-2 vote (with 3 abstentions). However, today, the bill was re-referred on a party line vote. This means the bill is effectively dead for this session.

Six Republican senators voted to report the bill during yesterday’s Commerce and Labor Committee meeting after riveting, heartfelt testimony on the need for this legislation. However, all six  plus the two abstentions  subsequently switched their votes when the bill hit the Senate floor.

As a result of this action, these disabled Virginians will continue to be without any Medigap insurance. They are some of Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens. They have high medical and pharmaceutical costs not covered by Medicare. According to his testimony, one gentleman said he had to choose between paying for his pharmaceuticals or saving his home.

“We have a duty to care for all of our fellow Virginians,” said Senator Edwards following the vote, “This bill would have had a huge impact on the lives of those who are disabled and cannot afford the high medical and pharmaceutical costs not covered by Medicare. This measure would have provided relief to a subset of disabled Virginians. The bill was supported by AARP, Area Agencies on Aging, Virginia Poverty Law Center, and other groups concerned about providing insurance coverage for our disabled citizens.”

augusta free press
augusta free press news

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.

AFP Business

As professional consultants, Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including website design, SEO, TV/radio, video work, branding and logos, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation. Augusta Free Press LLC was founded in 2002.

Web Design

Augusta Free Press has designed more than 800 websites for clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design, content development and SEO. Short on staff? We’ll work with you to update your AFP-designed website in a timely manner or train your staff to make changes.

Marketing/Social Media Management

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.

Graphic Design

Augusta Free Press will help you take your vision to the next level. From branding and logos to print materials, our team will work with you to develop products to showcase your business. From brochures and rack cards to full-color magazines or print/digital ads, we’ve got you covered.

Event Planning/Fundraising

Augusta Free Press will help you plan the best event for your organization. From an open house or anniversary to a 5K or Pay Per View, we can handle it all. Looking for training for your sales staff? We can help energize your employees or board. Need ideas to raise more money? Let us help you plan a successful event. Want to hold a news conference or need help with a press release? We can do that too.

Click here for more.