The Virginia General Assembly has elected Court of Appeals Judge Teresa Chafin to an opening on the Supreme Court of Virginia. The process included some controversy because Chafin’s brother and former law partner, state Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Russell, lobbied his GOP colleagues on her behalf.
Gambling bills, the state budget, the opioid crisis and funding education were the topics touched on by Southwest Virginia lawmakers during a legislative breakfast Monday in Abingdon.
About 250 people gathered at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center for the forum previewing the upcoming session of the General Assembly The forum, hosted by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, featured Dels. Terry Kilgore, James Morefield, Israel O’Quinn, Todd Pillion and Sen. Ben Chafin.
Virginia’s governor is set to sign legislation in the coming days expanding Medicaid after the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly ignored warnings from the White House against expanding the health care program for the poor....Ironically, Republican lawmakers said it was the Trump administration’s embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid that help get the measure passed after years of partisan battles.
The Virginia legislature voted Wednesday to make government health insurance available to 400,000 low-income residents, overcoming five years of GOP resistance. The decision marks a leftward shift in the legislature and an enormous win for Gov. Ralph Northam (D), the pediatrician who ran on expanding access to health care.
Virginia will join 32 other states and the District in expanding Medicaid coverage. The measure is expected to take effect Jan. 1.
The Republican-controlled Virginia General Assembly gave final approval Wednesday evening to a state budget expanding Medicaid coverage to the state's poor, ending years of partisan gridlock on the issue.
The state Senate voted in favor of expansion after a full day of debate. The House, which had had previously endorsed expansion, gave its final approval shortly afterward. Several Republicans in both chambers joined with Democrats to approve the measure.
The Virginia General Assembly adopted a budget with Medicaid expansion, after roughly six hours of debate in a narrowly divided state Senate and a quick affirmation by a House of Delegates that had reversed its longstanding opposition earlier this year.
The budget — which also includes 3 percent raises for teachers and 2 percent raises for state employees — would pave the way for expanding Medicaid coverage to about 300,000 low-income Virginians, while requiring those who are eligible to show they’re working, moving toward a job or learning job skills.
Virginia’s Republican-controlled Senate voted on Wednesday to open Medicaid to an additional 400,000 low-income adults next year, making it all but certain that the state will join 32 others that have already expanded the public health insurance program under the Affordable Care Act.
The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has been given the opportunity to join other Southwest Virginia counties in filing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors....At its regular meeting on May 10, Del. Jeff Campbell of Marion, who represents Carroll, Galax and other counties in the Virginia House of Delegates; and Virginia Sen. Ben Chafin of Hansonville; were joined by two lawyers during a presentation to the board.
Last Tuesday evening, supervisors in Smyth and Wythe agreed that filing a lawsuit was a remedy for the opioid crisis facing their communities and costing taxpayers indirectly and directly. Thursday morning, their attorneys were standing outside the federal courthouse in Abingdon, touting their plan for the litigation during a press conference.
Most members of the state legislative panel that can kill or approve the rules for banks, insurers and utilities have investments in those industries.
But while consumer advocates complain the two committees are too close to business, and grumble about members’ interests and the campaign donations they receive, legislators insist they are not influenced. Political scientists say the real cost is likely public trust.