Government & Politics

Government & Politics
4:28 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

New Insurance Benefit Will Cover More Children with Autism

Delegate Tag Greason
Credit Anne Marie Morgan

A wide array of new state laws take effect July 1st, and among them are a statute that will ultimately extend health insurance coverage to many more children with autism spectrum disorder.  The mandatory benefit covers diagnosis and treatment—and applies to ALL insurers except plans offered by self-insured companies and smaller businesses.

Lawmakers added a mandated insurance benefit for autism spectrum disorder in 2011. But the new law’s sponsor, Delegate Tag Greason, says that only covers children who are ages two through six.

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Government & Politics
11:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Affirms Marriage Equality for All 50 States

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In a landmark 5 to 4 decision today in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the United States Supreme Court affirmed marriage equality for all 50 states. 

 

The ruling protects the marriages of nearly 2,000 Virginia couples who have married since marriage equality came to Virginia in October, thousands more who have had their marriages recognized, and dozens of children who have been adopted or had both their parents placed on their birth certificate.

 

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Activism
9:26 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Hundreds Gather in Roanoke for Voting Rights Act Restoration Rally

Hundreds of people traveled to Roanoke yesterday from all corners of the commonwealth to rally on the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's Shelby County vs. Holder Decision. The 2013 case declared two provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 unconstitutional – paving the way for states and localities to implement changes to their voting laws.

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Government & Politics
12:19 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

VA’s Gov. Praises SCOTUS Decision

Governor Terry McAuliffe is  praising the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold federal health care subsidies, and he’s renewing his push for Medicaid expansion.

 

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Government & Politics
5:36 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

VA to Stop Issuing Confederate License Plates

 Governor Terry McAuliffe wants the Confederate flag banished from all Virginia license plates.

He references the killings at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina…as well as a Supreme Court decision that states can limit the content of license plates.

Virginia vanity plates include one for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which features the battle flag in the logo.

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