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Assembly 2014: Senate Dems Agree to Medicaid Audits in Exchange for Marketplace Virginia Passage

State Senate Democrats say they are willing to amend their Medicaid expansion alternative plan, to include four-year audits as proposed by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, something the House of Delegates previously supported, when separated from Medicaid expansion.  The Democrats say they’ve compromised repeatedly in their efforts to expand the health care safety net and that it’s time for House Republicans to join them at the negotiating table.  The House leadership says it's happy to see the Senate moving toward their position on audits, but maintain that no form of Med

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.

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