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Medicaid Expansion Gets Federal Approval

virginia_flag_map_0Virginia officials announced Thursday that Medicaid Expansion is a go, and newly eligible populations will be able to sign up during this year’s open enrollment. That comes after federal officials gave the state approval last week. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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New Poll Shows More Support Than Ever for Medicaid Expansion

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Democrats have been pushing to expand Medicaid for years, although they weren’t able to gain any traction until they came within a few votes of seizing the House of Delegates. Now, as Michael Pope reports, the popularity of Medicaid expansion is soaring.

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Outreach Effort for Expanded Health Insurance Ramps Up

IMG_6960_0Beginning next year, hundreds of thousands of Virginians who can’t afford health insurance will have a new option: Medicaid. That’s because state lawmakers expanded the program this year. One of the top concerns for the state agency that runs Medicaid is outreach. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Will New Medicaid Patients Be Able To Find Doctors?

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Hundreds of thousands of people in Virginia are about to gain access to health insurance through Medicaid. But will they be able to find doctors? Michael Pope has details.

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Medicaid Expansion in Virginia Could Cut Down on Maternal Mortality Rates

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When black women give birth in Virginia, they are far more likely to die as a result of the pregnancy than white women. Now, as Michael Pope reports, those numbers might be about to change.

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Now That Medicaid Expansion Has Passed, What’s Next?

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Democrats are still celebrating their huge victory in expanding Medicaid, a goal they’ve sought for years and only accomplished after last year’s wave election. What comes next? Michael Pope reports.

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Senate Committee Puts off Budget Vote

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Virginia’s slow moving budget process is only getting slower, as the Senate Finance Committee declined to vote on a budget proposal Tuesday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Activists Keep Up Pressure for Medicaid Expansion

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Lawmakers won’t be tackling the issue of Medicaid expansion for another two weeks, when the state Senate is to reconvene and negotiate the budget. But activists are trying keeping up the pressure. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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An Answer on Medicaid Could Still be Weeks Away

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The gallery of Virginia’s State Senate was filled with supporters of Medicaid expansion Wednesday as lawmaker gaveled in for a special session.

State legislators will be working on the budget, as well as deciding whether to expand health insurance to the poor. The final decision on could still be weeks away, but advocates still made an effort to have their voices heard.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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How Has Medicaid Expansion Impacted Other States?

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As Virginia considers expanding Medicaid this week, many people are looking to the experience of other states. Have any of the 33 states that expanded health insurance for the poor and the disabled come to regret the decision? Michael Pope looks for answers.

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The Medicaid Expansion Debate May Come Down to Rural Hospitals, Which Could Need it to Survive

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Rural Virginia hospitals may end up playing a significant role in the ongoing debate over Medicaid expansion. Michael Pope has the story.

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As End of Session Nears, Senate GOP Holds Out Against Medicaid Expansion

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Hundreds rallied at the capitol Thursday for Medicaid expansion. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

With just a few days left before the end of the legislative session, it’s still unclear if Medicaid expansion will pass. For the first time in years, Republicans in the House of Delegates are supporting the measure. But Senate Republicans are still opposed. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Teacher Compensation is Also on the Mind of Virginia Lawmakers

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West Virginia is not the only place where teacher raises are being debated. Michael Pope reports lawmakers in Richmond are divided about whether or not they can afford to pay teachers more.

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Medicaid Expansion Is Still on The Table, But There’s Opposition From Both Sides of the Aisle

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Lawmakers may be on the verge of expanding health insurance to poor people. But they’re hearing opposition from the right and the left, according to Michael Pope at the Capitol.

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College Students, Teachers Could Get Caught in Medicaid Debate Crosshairs

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Lawmakers in Richmond are trying to balance the books, but the numbers aren’t adding up. At least not yet. Michael Pope has more from the Capitol.

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What a Limited Medicaid Expansion in Virginia Could Look Like

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Republican Senator Siobhan Dunnavant is spearheading a number of healthcare reforms, including a limited expansion of the Medicaid program.

Virginia’s Governor is calling for a full expansion of Medicaid, the state run health insurance program for the poor. But many Republicans in the statehouse don’t like the idea of able bodied adults, no matter how poor, getting government-funded healthcare.

So they’re eyeing something else: a more narrow expansion of the program. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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As Lawmakers Discuss Medicaid Expansion, Reforms Also on the Table

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Republicans in Richmond have opened the door to negotiations on Medicaid expansion, and they say they want recipients to work. But work requirements aren’t the only reforms that could be part of an expansion deal. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Medicaid Expansion is On the Table, But Work Requirement Could Be Sticking Point

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In Virginia, Republican leaders are now saying they won’t talk Medicaid expansion unless Democrats support work requirements for the program. A bill to do just that made its way through a key committee this morning. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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As Medicaid Legislation Goes Down in Senate, Northam Recommits to Expanding Coverage

Virginia_State_Capitol3A key committee in Virginia’s Senate took up debate of Medicaid expansion Thursday. Even though the bills failed, Governor Ralph Northam says it’s just the beginning of the process. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Rural Hospital Gets Caught in Medicaid Fight

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A shuttered hospital in rural Patrick County may have a better shot at reopening, thanks to a bill that passed Virginia’s Senate Tuesday. That’s after the same measure failed last week, getting caught up in the political battle over Medicaid expansion. Mallory Noe-Payne has the story.

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Why Medicaid Expansion Could Hinge On A Drawing By Lot

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Four years ago, Terry McAuliffe was elected on, partly, a platform of expanding Medicaid. So far, he has been unable to deliver on that promise. But Democrats are hoping his last budget will plant the seeds for that to happen after he’s no longer in office. Michael Pope reports.

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Medicaid Expansion in Virginia Fails Once Again

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Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, seen here addressing the media earlier today at a news conference regarding Medicaid expansion. State Republicans have once again voted no on expanding the program. (Credit: Steve Helber / AP)

Lawmakers are back in Richmond this week for a one-day session to consider several vetoes and amendments from Governor Terry McAuliffe. On the agenda was one final showdown on whether to expand Medicaid. Republicans held firm, and voted no. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.

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