Medicare and Medicaid en Medicaid Expansion & Mental Health <p>As the effort continues to press the Virginia House of Delegates to jump on board with Medicaid expansion, mental health advocates are warning of what could happen if those who are uninsured remain so.&nbsp;</p><p>One coalition says that while both chambers have made addressing mental health a priority this session, those who suffer from illnesses will still face many challenges if they do not have the means to pay for critical services.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Tommie McNeil 17875 at Medicaid Expansion & Mental Health Medicaid Expansion: Two Sides, Two Opinions <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The Commonwealth’s business leaders held dueling news conferences yesterday to express opposing views on enrolling hundreds of thousands of additional low-income residents in Medicaid</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:47:20 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 17708 at Medicaid Expansion: Two Sides, Two Opinions GOP Studies Medicaid <p>House of Delegates GOP leaders have announced that they will not vote to expand Medicaid—if at all—until after a comprehensive, outside audit of the state’s program is conducted.&nbsp;</p><p>They say they want to find out why Medicaid has become the most expensive item in the General Fund budget … and why 30 percent of the Commonwealth’s healthcare spending goes to waste, fraud, and inefficiencies.&nbsp; They believe it’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity to find out what’s wrong with Medicaid and fix what’s broken.</p><p></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:23:39 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 16454 at GOP Studies Medicaid The Medicaid Expansion Push <p>One of the biggest issues for this legislative session is whether to expand Medicaid.&nbsp; The Affordable Care Act assumed states would do that and offered to pay the full cost for the first three years – then scaling back to 90% over the next seven years.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>About half the states – including Virginia – refused, and that means about 190,000 people in the Commonwealth will still be without medical coverage.&nbsp; Governor McAuliffe is pushing for expansion of Medicaid, but Republicans are pushing back with some surprising proposals.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:59:40 +0000 Sandy Hausman 15961 at The Medicaid Expansion Push Hospitals Issue Warning <p>Hospitals here in Virginia are sounding the alarm – warning state lawmakers that they’ll be in big financial trouble if the legislature does not expand Medicaid.</p><p></p><p>The Affordable Care Act set out to provide health care coverage for almost everyone.&nbsp; Only undocumented residents were left out.&nbsp; The bill promised affordable health insurance, and for those who made too little money, states were supposed to expand their Medicaid programs, and the federal government would pick up the tab.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:05:33 +0000 Sandy Hausman 13492 at Hospitals Issue Warning