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SOLUTION ON 'BALANCE BILLING' PROVES ELUSIVE

By KATIE O'CONNOR, Virginia Mercury

The struggle over balance billing spilled into lawmakers laps on Thursday, leaving them to tussle over who should have to pay the bills that would otherwise go to patients. And they didn’t get far. Balance billing occurs when patients, usually unknowingly, gets a bill from a provider that they thought was in-network and covered by their health plan. The most egregious occurrence is in the emergency room, when patients are rarely in a position to make sure their doctor is in-network, even if the hospital is.

VaNews January 19, 2019



LEGISLATORS GIVE RECAP OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION

By LAURA MCFARLAND, Powhatan Today

Discussing what the General Assembly accomplished but also failed to get done was the focus of a talk given by Powhatan’s two representatives to those bodies at a recent Powhatan Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Sen. Glen Sturtevant Jr., R-10, and Del. Lee Ware, R-65, continued the annual tradition of giving a general overview of the most recent session during the March 15 chamber luncheon.

VaNews March 21, 2018



LUCK OF THE DRAW MIGHT HAVE INFLUENCED VIRGINIA LAW

By DAVE RESS AND REEMA AMIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

On Jan. 3, by drawing one canister rather than another out of a blue and white ceramic bowl, State Board of Elections chairman James Alcorn set a course for the 2018 House of Delegates. The drawing was to settle a hard-fought but tied election. The result returned Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, to the House. It also left his challenger, Newport News School Board member Shelly Simonds, thinking about the parental leave measures, funding for school construction and, perhaps above all, Medicaid expansion she hoped to help enact as a new member of the House.

VaNews March 10, 2018



THE GIANT COMPANY THAT COULD: HOW DOMINION TURNED SCORN INTO A BIG PAYDAY

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

A new generation of Virginia lawmakers won office last year in part on promises to reduce the influence of the state’s most powerful corporation, Dominion Energy. Now the legislature is poised to recalibrate the relationship between consumers and the electric utility by subjecting Dominion to new state regulation and returning $200 million in overcharges to ratepayers.

VaNews March 9, 2018



VIRGINIA'S STATE BUDGET TALKS BREAK DOWN, SPECIAL SESSION LIKELY

By MICHAEL MARTZ , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

State employees and school teachers will have to wait. So will university presidents, sheriff’s deputies, correctional officers and advocates for economic development. Virginia won’t have a new state budget anytime soon.

VaNews March 9, 2018



THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BUDGET BATTLES START

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

It’s tough enough for any couple working on a budget to agree on what to spend, but it’s even tougher if they don’t agree. It’s the same problem for the House of Delegates and state Senate as they wrestle over how much money they have to spend. The challenge is tougher still when that difference of opinion isn’t just a matter of arithmetic, but a matter of politics. That’s the situation now in the General Assembly,

VaNews February 22, 2018



ANTI-'DOUBLE DIP' PROVISION ADDED TO SENATE BILL TO OVERHAUL ELECTRICITY REGULATION IN VIRGINIA

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Momentum appears to be building behind legislation to overhaul the way Virginia regulates energy utilities after a House of Delegates committee voted Tuesday to advance an amended version of the bill that came over from the Senate. The House Commerce and Labor Committee voted 19-3 to send Senate Bill 966, sponsored by Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, to the floor.

VaNews February 21, 2018



DIVIDED BY PARTY, UNITED BY DESPERATION, LAWMAKERS SEEK HELP FOR POOREST AREAS

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Del. Will Morefield is a Republican from the solid-red coal country of far Southwest Virginia. Del. Lashrecse Aird is a Democrat from Petersburg, a majority-black city near Richmond. It would be hard to envision two more different figures in Virginia politics. But Morefield and Aird are at the heart of an unusual legislative long shot that’s making its way through the General Assembly — and highlighting the power of some ideas to cut through traditional politics.

VaNews February 12, 2018



HOUSE OKS LIMITING SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS TO 45 DAYS

By KIRBY FARINEAU, VCU Capital News Service

Virginia students who break school rules may no longer face the possibility of a yearlong suspension under legislation approved by the House of Delegates to address what some lawmakers call the “school-to-prison pipeline.” House Bill 1600, which passed 84-15 this week, would reduce the maximum length of a suspension from 364 days to 45 days.

VaNews February 10, 2018



WARE INVOKES 'LITTLE GUY' IN OPPOSING UTILITY REGULATION PACKAGE

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Del. Lee Ware, R-Powhatan, on Tuesday cited the “little guy” in more ways than one as he urged lawmakers to block the utility regulation overhaul that is now backed by Gov. Ralph Northam, as well as Dominion Energy and representatives of environmental groups. “We used to pledge to protect the little guy,” Ware said in a speech on the House floor.

VaNews February 7, 2018