Stop ObamaCare from Invading Virginia
Battle lines drawn in Va. Medicaid overhaul
Changing the way Medicaid administers and pays for long-term care services is one of the last major challenges of reform, along with services to people on waivers to keep them out of state institutions and people with mental illnesses or other behavioral health problems. Those populations account for big chunks of the program’s nearly $9 billion budget in Virginia.
Protesters march outside as state’s new Medicaid commission meets
Ultimately, the debate comes down to money — up to $31 billion in federal funds to pay for expansion in Virginia over the next 10 years, including 100 percent of the cost of extending coverage in 2014 through 2016. Beginning in 2017, the federal share would scale back gradually to no less than 90 percent of the cost.
Lawmakers of opposing views lead Medicaid overhaul
About 70 percent of Virginians who would become eligible for Medicaid under the expansion live in households where at least one person works full or part time — an issue for lawmakers concerned about helping those who don’t help themselves.
State Medicaid panel has first session
Sen. Walter Stosch, R–Henrico, said Monday’s meeting was the start of commission members’ evaluation of the pluses and minuses of expansion. Without any reforms, he said, the costs of expansion would overwhelm the money saved.
Medicaid expansion in VA now under serious review
‘The idea really is to get everybody dependent on government – somebody has got to pay for that, and I think a lot of it is going to be waste,’ said Senator Dick Black with District 13, who is against Medicaid expansion.
Va. panel established to certify Medicaid reforms and approve expansion meets for first time
‘We in Virginia know that we have to reform our Medicaid system. If you look at the cost over the last 10 years, the current system we have has increased our state budget about 22 percent,’ said Del. Steve Landes, R-Augusta, whom the panel elected as its vice chairman. ‘Our federal government is broke. They say they’re going to provide the funds, but some of us have the concern that where are those dollars going to come from and will they be there … when they say they will be there,’ Landes said.
Medicaid expansion could give Virginia flexibility, official say
But costs for the joint federal-state coverage have ballooned in recent years, and both the governor and the legislature worry that allowing more people into the system could be a budget breaker. They want a series of reforms to the system and a promise from Washington that the state will have more flexibility in administering the program.