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Warner, Portman introduce legislation to streamline employer reporting requirements under Obamacare

Sens. Mark Warner and Rob Portman introduced the bipartisan Commonsense Reporting Act of 2017.


House passes ObamaCare repeal: Virginia Democrats respond

A Republican bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare passed the House today by a narrow 217-213 margin.


Abolishing Obamacare rewards wealthy, punishes working families

Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) threaten the health care of 30 million Americans.


Senate Democrats on Obamacare: Why rush to repeal?

Sen. Tim Kaine led a group of Senate Democrats urging Republican congressional leadership to discuss improvements to the Affordable Care Act.

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Bob Goodlatte: Obamacare ruling a victory for the Constitution

There was a big victory for the United States Constitution in Washington this week.

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Poll: Obamacare a 2016 campaign issue?

Republicans would love Obamacare to be a campaign issue this fall. They will be disappointed.


Virginia health plans decide not to support agents for individual business

Most health plans in Virginia have decided not to support insurance agents who have traditionally helped individual consumers.

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House passes emergency fix to protect small businesse from ACA changes

The Virginia House of Delegates passed emergency legislation Friday to protect small businesses from an insurance change originally mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

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Robert Hurt: The House sends healthcare repeal to the president

The policies put forth in Washington have real, and sometimes painful, effects on Fifth District Virginians, and the implementation of the President’s healthcare law is a prime example.

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Bob Goodlatte: Putting patients first

Should patients or big government mandates come first? That’s the question Congress recently asked President Obama.

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Robert Hurt votes to push healthcare repeal to President Obama’s desk

Congressman Robert Hurt released the following statement after voting in favor of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act.

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Bob Goodlatte: New year, new opportunities

A new year brings new opportunities for our country. It’s a time to refocus and, with a fresh perspective, look ahead at all that must be accomplished.


Virginia: 375K enrolled in Marketplace coverage

As of December 19, the number of consumers signed up for Marketplace coverage surged to more than 8.2 million nationally, including 375,891 in Virginia.


Switching Marketplace plans resulted in significant savings for Virginia consumers

Anew report shows that Virginia consumers who reenrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace last year and who switched to a plan with the same level of coverage saved $12 per month after tax credits, or $141 annually, relative to what they would have paid had they remained in the same plan as in 2014.

Bob Goodlatte: Restoring Americans’ healthcare freedom

Healthcare should work for patients, not against them. It should be about patient-centered care where families have the option to get the coverage they both want and need without breaking the bank.

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Robert Hurt votes to repeal provisions of the president’s healthcare law

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act.

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Bob Goodlatte: Healthy competition needed in healthcare marketplace

I’ve been concerned about this law’s impact on the healthcare industry from the start, and the House Judiciary Committee has launched a series of hearings on the state of competition across the healthcare marketplace.


Off the table? Virginia polling shows supports for Obamacare, background checks, gay marriage

Republicans have had Obamacare, gun rights and gay marriage as go-to issues to use to rile up the base when necessary. It might be time to update the playbook.


Impact of healthcare law on Virginia small businesses focal point of webinar

Health Works for Northern Virginia, in conjunction with small business organization Small Business Majority, will host a webinar on Thursday, July 9, 2015, on the healthcare law and its impact on Virginia small businesses and entrepreneurs.


Supreme Court upholds key provision of Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act in a Thursday ruling upholding a key provision of the Obamacare law. By a 6-3 vote, justices said consumers qualify for a subsidy that lowers the cost of premiums whether they buy their coverage through federal or state exchanges.

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Robert Hurt votes for Medicare bill

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, H.R. 1190, which would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) established by the President’s healthcare law.


Letter: Reader critical of Emmett Hanger on healthcare

If you like Obamacare, you will love State Senator Emmett Hanger. Hanger has been a key architect of Medicaid expansion which a majority of the General Assembly agrees will bust the state budget and result in budget cuts to discretionary programs benefitting education and veterans

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Virginia Organizing marks fifth anniversary of Obamacare

Virginia Organizing Chapters in Virginia Beach, Richmond, Waynesboro, and Danville celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) early this week with events in local areas.

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Virginia Organizing to rally to celebrate five years of ACA

The Augusta/Staunton/Waynesboro Chapter of Virginia Organizing will rally to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Tuesday, March 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Downtown Waynesboro.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.