The General Assembly’s Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission (MIRC) will hold a public hearing Tuesday as part of its deliberations on expanding Virginia’s Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act. The commission also has been collecting public comments on its website.
The commission, made up of five senators and five delegates, was established to oversee implementation of reforms that would have to occur before Virginia could expand enrollment in the state-federal program. The Affordable Care Act makes federal funds available for expansion, but leaves the decision up to individual states. The federal government will cover the full cost of the expansion through 2016 before gradually reducing its share to 90 percent. As many as 400,000 low-income Virginians could be covered if the state expands the program.
But expansion won’t proceed without approval from a majority of the senators and a majority of the delegates on the commission.
Hundreds of individuals of posted comments on the commission’s website. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Virginia’s former governor, also has made his case for expansion in writing. Kaine’s office on Thursday released this text of Kaine’s comments to the panel: Read more »