Posts Tagged Medicaid

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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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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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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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam waves to the crowd as House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, top, applauds as he delivers his State of the Commonwealth address. Cox and Northam have begun a public negotiation on Medicaid expansion and reform. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

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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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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State Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin County, proposed a measure to help keep open a hospital in his district. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

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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Virginia Prepares to Shut Down Health Insurance Program for 66,000 Children

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The Children’s Health Insurance Program relies on money from state and federal governments to help subsidize the cost of medical care for some kids not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid. (Credit: Rebecca Nelson / Getty Images)

66,000 children and 1,100 pregnant women could lose health insurance if Congress doesn’t act soon. They get their insurance through a federally funded program called CHIP, and Congress hasn’t agreed to keep paying the bills. Now Virginia is preparing to shut the program down, because there’s no more money. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Va News Topics: Chesapeake City Council Decision, In-Home Assistance Concerns

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Chesapeake City Council is considering whether to post “In God We Trust” in  City Hall and other public buildings, and people who require in-home assistance say they’re being affected by a state law that prohibits overtime for caregivers paid by Medicaid. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

 

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