Tag: health care virginia

Democrat warns of cut to health-care safety net in state budget

At a news conference in Richmond this morning, Del. Bob Brink (D-Arlington), member of the House Appropriations Committee and the Joint Commission on Health Care, outlined the eroding support for vital safety net services in Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed budget.  Nearly $5.4 million in aid to various programs is on the chopping block. “Gov. McDonnell’s […]


Virginia Organizing calls on GA to move forward with health-benefits exchange

Several pieces of legislation on the creation of a Virginia Health Benefits Exchange will be considered in this year’s General Assembly session. The statewide grassroots organization Virginia Organizing is asking legislators to move forward on the creation of a consumer-friendly Health Benefits Exchange and supports several Exchange bills including: SB 383 (McEachin), HB 357 (McClellan) […]


Ken Plum: Obamacare in Virginia

President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Obamacare, into law on March 23, 2010. On the same day Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed the first lawsuit in the nation to challenge the provision in ACA that most individuals be mandated to have health insurance. Eastern District Federal Judge Henry Hudson ruled in […]


The AFP on WREL: Report blasts Virginia health care

Editor Chris Graham joins WREL’s “Online with Jim Bresnahan” to talk Virginia news and politics. The segment begins with a discussion of the report of a state advisory council that this week told Gov. Bob McDonnell that the performance of the health-care industry in Virginia is mediocre. What steps can the administration and the General […]


Report to governor: Virginia health-industry performance ‘mediocre,’ insurance market ‘unsustainable’

The performance of Virginia’s health industry is “actually quite mediocre.” So reports an advisory council convened by Gov. Bob McDonnell to review the health-care sector and its associated costs and benefits. A report of the Virginia Health Reform Initiative Advisory Council issued on Monday estimates that 1 million Virginians – including 150,000 children – lack […]


College students to mark change in health-care law

Students will gather across Virginia on Thursday to celebrate the six-month milestone of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act being signed into law. The students will be focusing on the provision that the new law extends coverage for young adults. Starting Thursday, young adults can stay on a parent’s plan until they turn 26. […]


Virginia Organizing: Taking issues to action

You’re mad as hell, and you’re not going to take it anymore. What makes America America is how we take our frustrations to action. “The role that we play is helping citizens be able to know enough about what bothers them to be able to verbalize that to the power-brokers,” said Janice “Jay” Johnson, the […]