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7:57 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Virginia Governor Kicks Off Legislative Session

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawmakers are returning to Richmond to kick off their 2015 session and to hear Gov. Terry McAuliffe's State of the Commonwealth speech.

Entering his second term in office, Democrat McAuliffe will be seeking to make his mark on a General Assembly that's now firmly in control of Republicans following the surprise resignation of a Democratic senator last summer. He delivers his second Commonwealth address Wednesday night.

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7:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

VA Governor Makes Budgetary Increase Request

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to more than double the pot of money he can spend trying to lure companies to Virginia, ease school districts' teacher retirement burdens, and give raises to rookie deputy sheriffs.

The governor unveiled these and other proposed changes to the state's biennial budget Wednesday at a Capitol briefing to state lawmakers.

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8:40 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Delawareans Lose Coverage Under Special Health Care Program


Delawareans who earn from the $16-thousand to $47-thousand a year will lose health coverage through the state’s Community Healthcare Access Program beginning on February 1st.

The program is run by the state and offers discounted medical services for those not eligible for Delaware’s Medicaid program.

$478-thousand from the tobacco settlement had been earmarked for the program.

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8:36 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Virginia Hospital Association Spends Record Money to Expand Medicaid

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The trade group representing Virginia hospitals is reporting it spent more than $400,000 on lobbying expenses while it was a leading advocate for expanding Medicaid.

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association filed its annual lobbying disclosure form with the state earlier this month. The form covered spending from May 2013 to April 2014.

The $400,000 the association reported spending is a large increase from the year before, when it reported spending only $93,000.

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8:10 am
Fri June 13, 2014

VA Budget Advances Without Medicaid Expansion

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-Va)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Senate Finance Committee has advanced a new state budget without Medicaid expansion - a major step toward ending a months long stalemate.

But a floor vote on the budget plan was delayed Thursday night as Republican senators privately debated a proposal by Sen. Dick Black to ensure that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe cannot expand Medicaid without legislative approval.  

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2:01 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

VA Democrat: Save Medicaid Expansion for Special Session


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Senate Democrat says he wants to pass a state budget without expanding Medicaid eligibility and revisit the issue in a special session.

Senate Finance Co-Chairman Sen. Chuck Colgan made the comments Monday following Democratic Sen. Phil Puckett's resignation.

His position largely mirrors what GOP lawmakers have pushed for. But Colgan said he "would love" some assurances that Medicaid expansion would pass during a special session, which would be unlikely given the strong Republican majority in the House of Delegates.

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9:47 am
Fri February 28, 2014

MD Health Exchange Website Problems Costs State $30 Million

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A state report says a mistake with Maryland's defective health care exchange could cost the state $30.5 million.

The report made public Thursday by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services says the problem relates to Medicaid enrollees in the exchange. The report says the system is currently incapable of handling determinations of whether people remain eligible for Medicaid.

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10:29 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Virginia Legislature Splits on Medicaid Expansion


The Virginia House and Senate split over whether to accept federal Medicaid funds to expand health insurance to as many as 400-thousand low-income residents.

The Republican controlled House voted against the expansion of eligibility when they approved their version of the state budget.

Meanwhile, the Democratically controlled Senate with a few Republicans going along voted for the expanded coverage.

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8:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Virginia GOP Pushes Against Medicaid Expansion


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates is set to vote against a proposal to accept federal Medicaid funding.

A largely symbolic full floor vote is scheduled for Thursday. Republican leaders said they wanted to show they are united in opposition to a proposal by the Democratically controlled Senate to expand publicly funded health insurance coverage for low-income Virginians.

Democrats and a few Republican senators want Virginia to take the federal funds, saying the state's working poor need the extra help.

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12:29 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

MD Board of Public Works Okays Health Exchange Modifcation

Comptroller Peter Franchot
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a contract modification of up to $2 million due to technical problems with the state's health care exchange.

The board approved the emergency modification 3-0 Wednesday. However, Comptroller Peter Franchot criticized the procurement process. Franchot says more than $160 million in contracts should have come before the Board of Public Works for greater scrutiny, instead of a separate health exchange board.

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8:25 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Governor Says Maryland Will Meet Health Insurance Exchange Goals

Governor Martin O'Malley
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Governor Martin O’Malley says he believes that Maryland’s troubled health insurance exchange will meet its enrollment goal by the end of March.

During an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” O’Malley admitted there were problems with the complex technology but said that the state is more than half way towards meeting its goal.

While exceeding expectation on the Medicaid front the state has only enrolled just over 20-thosuand people in private plans.

The goal is 150-thousand.

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10:41 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Medicaid Expansion in Maryland Saves Money


BALTIMORE (AP) - A recent report has found that Maryland's decision to expand its Medicaid program could save the state more than $2 billion.

The Daily Record reports that an assessment of the economic impact of the expansion of eligibility to another 146,000 people starting in January found that Maryland could see a net savings of more than $2 billion from 2014 to 2020.

The report prepared by George Washington University and Regional Economic Models predicts direct savings to Medicaid, new state revenue and reduced spending on other health care programs.

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8:58 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Health Plan Cancellations in Md, Virginians Get Health Insurance Tax Credits

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Insurance Administration says carriers have notified the state that they plan to discontinue non-grandfathered individual health benefit plans affecting more than 73,000 members in Maryland next year.

Individual health insurance policies are being canceled for millions of people nationwide who buy individual insurance policies as federal health care reform requires plans to cover certain benefits. Policies are being discontinued because they don't meet the higher benefit requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

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9:32 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Could Endanger Medicaid Expansion

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Governor Jack Markell met with President Obama at the White House yesterday telling him that if a deal is not reached to avert the fiscal cliff the cuts in Medicaid would force states to rethink expansion of health care for the poor under Obamacare.

Markell is chair of the National Governors Association and led a six member delegation to meet with the nation’s chief executive.

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8:47 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Medicaid Drug Settlement in Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden says the state is recovering $115,000 for its Medicaid program as part of a settlement with one of the nation's largest drug wholesalers. Delaware is among 30 states involved in the settlement with the McKesson Corporation.

Biden's office announced Tuesday that the settlement resolves claims the company artificially inflated prices Medicaid paid for prescription drugs.

8:44 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Delaware Pushes Forward With Medicaid Expansion Despite High Court Decision

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials are moving ahead with plans to expand eligibility for Medicaid to residents living at 133 percent of the federal poverty level.

The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday that states can't be forced to expand Medicaid eligibility under the national health care reform law. But officials believe a Medicaid expansion in Delaware makes sense because it would bring a higher percentage of federal matching funds.

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8:58 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Lower Revenue Estimates in Delaware



            The state of Delaware could be facing some budget cuts for the next fiscal year with yesterday’s revenue projections coming in at $22.7 million lower than the December estimates making total expected revenue projection $3.4 billion.

            In addition, the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council predicted there would be $6 million less in revenue this year.  

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8:26 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Delaware Legislature Reviews Proposed Increased for Medicaid


       DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's budget-writing committee are mulling over spending for Delaware's costly Medicaid program.

     The Joint Finance Committee is holding hearings on the

     Department of Health and Social Services' proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The committee was to hear Wednesday from the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance.

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