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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.

Assembly 2014: GOP Lawmakers Link Senate Medicaid Alternative to Arkansas Model

The Republican leadership in the House of Delegates is drawing parallels between the Senate’s private insurance Medicaid alternative proposal and an Arkansas model that failed to be reauthorized just yesterday.  The bill to continue funding for the plan got just 70 of the 75 votes needed to pass the 100 member chamber, but the Republican Speaker of the House says he will hold votes every day until it passes.  Both the Arkansas and Virginia models use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the state’s lowest income residents.  The Arkansas program met many of the benchmarks

Assembly 2014: GOP Lawmakers Link Senate Medicaid Alternative to Arkansas Model

The Republican leadership in the House of Delegates is drawing parallels between the Senate’s private insurance Medicaid alternative proposal and an Arkansas model that failed to be reauthorized just yesterday.  The bill to continue funding for the plan got only 70 of the 75 votes needed to pass the 100-member chamber, but the Republican Speaker of the House says he will hold votes every day until it passes.  Both the Arkansas and Virginia models use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the state’s lowest income residents.  The Arkansas program met many of the benchmarks

Assembly 2014: Virginia House and Senate Introduce Conflicting Budgets

The House of Delegates and state Senate have introduced their amended versions of former Governor McDonnell’s outgoing budget. The most notable difference in the competing drafts of the $96 billion, two-year spending plan, is the Senate’s inclusion of a private insurance-based alternative to expanding Medicaid, available to everyone earning below 400 percent of the poverty level. This significant expansion to Virginia’s health care safety net is the brainchild of Republican Senator John Watkins of Powhatan.  He calls it Marketplace Virginia.

 

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