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
WCVE analyst Jeff Schapiro says Virginia legislators will not agree on a state budget by scheduled March 8 adjournment.
The state’s five leading mental health advocacy groups say the Senate’s Medicaid expansion alternative proposal is the missing link to this year’s efforts to reform Virginia’s mental health system. Craig Carper reports.
The House and Senate have passed multiple mental health reform bills this session and proposed increased funding for crisis services, though child advocates say kids have been forgotten in the process. Craig Carper reports.
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce were at the State Capitol yesterday to offer their own private insurance-based alternative to Medicaid expansion. Craig Carper reports.
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.
A new group of advocates pushing for non-partisan redistricting announced their formation to a large crowd at the state capitol last week. Craig Carper reports.
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.
House and Senate’s vastly different positions on Medicaid expansion have set the stage for a lengthy budget battle, likely extending beyond the General Assembly’s scheduled adjournment on March 8th. Craig Carper reports.
The House and Senate have passed their respective budgets and put the pieces in place for an extended fight on Medicaid. Craig Carper reports.