Expanding Medicaid is Financially Risky

Virginia, like many other states, is already stretched in providing care to those who currently depend on the program. States should stay focused on improving the care and services for those already on the program rather than taking on new responsibilities.

Alternative Medicaid Options

Federally Qualified Health Centers are important safety net providers in rural areas. FQHCs are outpatient clinics that qualify for specific reimbursement systems under Medicare and Medicaid. They include federally designated Health Center Program awardees, and...

Senate Majority Leader’s Statement

Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City), Co-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, today issued the following statement regarding today’s actions by the House Appropriations Committee to advance House Bills 5001 and 5002: “Today’s vote by...

How Expansion Affects States Bond Ratings

Senate’s proposed budget places more money into Virginia’s cash reserves than the House’s plan     In the March 29, 2018, edition of The Richmond Times Dispatch, Virginia Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne expressed his view that Virginia cannot maintain its AAA bond...

Expansion is Fueling the Opioid Epidemic

Public appreciation for the program [Medicaid] has steadily increased as people come to understand its importance in the health care system, including its central role in combating the opioid epidemic   Chairman Johnson Releases Report on How Medicaid Has Helped to...

Speaker Howell Op-Ed on Medicaid Expansion

Virginia is known for its judicious, responsible approach to governing. We must continue to apply that approach when looking at all issues, including health care. Medicaid expansion is at best a risky bet. An alternative approach would be the better path.   As the...

Lower Pay for Teachers and Crowding

Following the nationwide trend, Medicaid has taken a growing toll on Oklahoma’s budget.   The lead editorial in today's Wall Street Journal highlights the negative fiscal pressures being exerted on education spending by the growth in Medicaid spending....

Financially Risky for the Commonwealth

MEMBERS of the Virginia General Assembly return to Richmond today for a special session in an attempt to do what they failed to do during their regular 60-day session: pass a biennial state budget. Then and now, the main sticking point is Medicaid...

Hear what Leaders in the House are Saying about Expansion

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