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Assembly 2014: COC says Medicaid Expansion Would Be Good for Business

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce was at Capitol Square yesterday to offer its own private insurance-based alternative to Medicaid expansion.  The state chamber is the largest business organization in the Commonwealth with 16,000 members and representing 30,000 businesses. While typically an ally to the GOP, they’re at odds with the House Republican majority in the General Assembly on the issue of bringing an estimated 1.7-billion federal dollars back to Virginia in order to expand the health care safety net.

Watkins says Marketplace VA is Best Solution for Intellectually Disabled

Republican Senator John Watkins of Powhatan, the author the Senate’s private insurance alternative to Medicaid expansion, Marketplace Virginia, says his proposal will go further than the House budget to address one of their longstanding priorities, expanding services for the intellectually and developmentally disabled. Craig Carper reports.

Assembly 2014: Opposing Senate and House Budgets Adopted

Virginia's House and Senate have passed their respective budgets and put the pieces in place for an extended fight on Medicaid.  Both chambers debated the Senate’s private insurance Medicaid alternative, Marketplace Virginia, which would provide coverage to up to an additional 400,000 low income Virginians.  The House rejected the plan on a 67 to 32 nearly party-line vote, with one Republican voting in favor and one Democrat voting against.  The House Republican leadership says the Senate plan was improperly inserted into the budget and should have gone before the Medicaid Innovation and Re

Assembly 2014: Virginia House Expected to Reject Medicaid Expansion

In a surprise move, the  Virginia House of Delegates will debate the Senate’s private insurance alternative to Medicaid expansion today. The House and Senate will consider their budget bills today.  In order to quantify House opposition to the Senate plan, House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones has inserted it as an amendment for debate and then a vote.

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