A legislative commission began its work Monday on deciding whether Virginia should expand Medicaid — one of the key provisions in the new federal health care law.
As my colleague David Ress reports, Virginia is in a strong bargaining position to get the flexibility it wants if it opts to expand Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor and disabled, the state’s top health official told the commission.
And the state already has made much progress reforming its Medicaid services on the lines that this year’s budget compromise on expansion calls for, said the chairman of the legislative panel that will decide whether to expand Medicaid.
But even if the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission decides to expand Medicaid — by no means a certainty — it is unlikely that all the people who would be eligible if the state opts to expand Medicaid will actually get the coverage by the start of next year, state Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Augusta County , the panel’s chairman, added.
Virginia is one of 20 states that are still weighing whether to expand Medicaid, using federal funds through the Affordable Care Act.
Read the rest of David’s story here.
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