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Medicaid provides more access to health coverage for rural communities

A larger share of children in small towns and rural areas of Virginia rely on Medicaid to protect them from rising health care costs.

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Study: Michigan heart surgery outcomes improved after Medicaid expansion

Expanding Medicaid coverage is associated with better outcomes for heart surgery patients, according to a study led by UVA School of Medicine researchers.


Virginia: For lovers, background checks and medical marijuana

Virginia voters like their guns, but they also like background checks for gun buyers, in addition to medical marijuana and Medicaid.

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Angela Lynn response to Medicaid expansion failure

The General Assembly halted Gov. McAuliffe’s attempt to expand Medicaid across Virginia earlier this week.


Virginia House GOP blocks Medicaid expansion – again

Virginia House Republicans today unanimously voted to block Medicaid expansion – effectively denying health care to 400,000 Virginians.

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Virginia in a box on Medicaid, Affordable Care Act

Be careful what you wish for, because Virginia Republicans got theirs, and seem to want to give it back.

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Del. Landes responds to McAuliffe call for Medicaid expansion

Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, expressed disappointment at Governor McAuliffe’s inclusion of language for Medicaid expansion.

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JLARC report highlights broken Medicaid system

A Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission report released Monday highlighted the inefficiencies of Virginia’s Medicaid program.

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Virginia Medicaid forecast grows by nearly $300 million

The official forecast for Virginia Medicaid, long-term care and mental health services expenditures through fiscal year 2018 is up nearly $300 million.

Zika news: Insect repellant now available to Medicaid members

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services will cover insect repellent for Medicaid members under the pharmacy benefit with a prescription.

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Sanders digs at Clinton on healthcare: Flip-flop?

Hillary Clinton is going after Bernie Sanders now that the upstart has emerged as the leader in the polls in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Podcast: AFP editor Chris Graham talks Riverheads, Medicaid expansion on WREL

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham joins Jim Bresnahan on WREL-1450 in Lexington to talk local Virginia news and politics.

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Ken Plum: Medicaid in perspective

A recent newspaper headline proclaimed that “Audit finds waste, inefficiencies in Virginia’s Medicaid program.” As often is the case, the real story is beyond the headline.


2016-2018 Medicaid forecast grows by nearly $1 billion

The official consensus forecast for Virginia Medicaid, long-term care and mental health services expenditures through fiscal year 2018 is up nearly $1 billion from the previous biennium, according to a report from the Department of Planning and Budget delivered to the General Assembly money committee chairs and presented at the House Appropriationns Committee Annual Retreat.

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Tim Kaine urges states to expand Medicaid

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Sherrod Brown and 29 of their Senate colleagues are urging the 19 states that have not yet decided to expand Medicaid to do so in order to give more than four million additional Americans access to affordable, comprehensive health care.


Study: Most Medicaid beneficiaries receive care consistent with patient-centered medical home model

The majority of Medicaid beneficiaries feel that the medical care they receive is patient-centered, accessible and well-coordinated between primary care providers and specialists, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University-led study.

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Creigh Deeds: Budget deliberations begin in General Assembly

The 2015 Session of the General Assembly is hurdling toward adjournment. The word around here is that we may complete our work earlier than the scheduled February 28 adjournment.


Senate Republicans vote down measure to close healthcare coverage gap

In a near-party-line vote of 22-15, the Senate today approved budget amendment 301 #11s striking language from Gov. McAuliffe’s introduced budget that would have closed the health insurance coverage gap, enabling up to 400,000 Virginians — most from working families — to access quality, affordable healthcare.

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Virginia Organizing: House GOP fails to address Medicaid gap in budget

Virginia Organizing Chairperson Sandra A. Cook issued the following statement in response to the General Assembly’s failure to include Medicaid expansion in the state budget.

Letter: Stewardship of public healthcare funds

Sean Connaughton, President and CEO of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, states that the Commonwealth “must no longer ignore the growing fiscal challenges facing this dynamic and critical industry.”

Democrat letter details impact of Medicaid expansion in Virginia

The House Democratic Caucus delivered letters to members of the House of Delegates that break down how many Virginians in each House district would benefit from the acceptance of over $1 billion of federal Medicaid expansion funds.


Planned Parenthood applauds Governor’s Medicaid announcement

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia praised the announcement by Governor McAuliffe to include funding for Medicaid expansion in his budget as demonstrating his commitment to the 400,000 hardworking Virginians in need of affordable healthcare.

Howell congratulates Virginia’s national award-winning Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) on Tuesday congratulated Virginia’s national award-winning Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Sam Rasoul: General Assembly update

The General Assembly adjourned on Saturday, March 8th. The state budget, however, remains to be finalized.

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Mark Obenshain: Medicaid expansion by any other name

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.

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Kirk Cox: Medicaid expansion a ‘bad choice’ for Virginia

Medicaid expansion was a pressing issue last year and it’s an even more consequential issue this year. My office has received several inquiries from constituents on the status of Medicaid expansion in Virginia and where I stand on the issue.

Medicaid expansion and Virginia’s job gap

Virginia Organizing released on Wednesday a report authored by the Alliance for a Just Society detailing the living wage “job gap” in Virginia and the case for Medicaid expansion in Virginia. This is the 15th year the report has been produced.

Paul Ryan: Medicaid expansion is ‘empty promise’

The Ken Cuccinelli gubernatorial campaign used failed 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan to poke holes in Terry McAuliffe’s push to expand Medicaid coverage in Virginia.

Virginia approved to begin offering coordinated healthcare for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees

Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced that Virginia has been approved to implement a new healthcare initiative, the Medicare-Medicaid Enrollee (dual eligible) Financial Alignment Demonstration, aimed at coordinating care for more than 78,000 Virginians currently enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid.

McDonnell: Virginia not expanding Medicaid

Gov. Bob McDonnell sent the following letter this afternoon to United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius detailing and explaining recent legislative actions in the Commonwealth regarding the Medicaid program.