The Virginia Senate passed the Medicaid Expansion measure (SB800) on Thursday which allow the Department of Medical Assistance Services to move forward with extending Medicaid coverage. Nearly 400,000 Virginians, including 62,000 working people age 50-64, will have health coverage effective January 1, 2014 if the state can get federal waivers. The reform system would include coverage for the disabled, elderly, and the poor. Over a dozen Senators spoke in favor of and against the expansion. The Senate passed the amendment by 36-4 and the House passed its verson of the budget amendment by 74-22.
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Legislators from around the Commonwealth of Virginia are in Richmond for the 2013 session of the General Assembly. Senators and Delegates will represent you so check in on them by taking an active role in the legislative process. Some frequently asked questions “Who is my legislator?” “What bills are being introduced?” Could I attend and speak at a session?” For more information log on to the Virginia General Assembly website: http://virginiageneralassembly.gov
The General Assembly meets annually, beginning on the second Wednesday in January, for 60 days in even-numbered years and for 30 days in odd-numbered years, with an option to extend annual sessions for a maximum of 30 days. The Senate of Virginia and the Virginia House of Delegates, both bodies of the Virginia Legislature, meet in the historic, working Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia.
The Governor may call a special session when it is deemed necessary or advisable, and must do so when petitioned by two-thirds of the members of both houses.
A reconvened session is held on the sixth Wednesday after adjournment of each regular or special session for the purpose of considering governor’s recommendations and vetoed legislation.
Miss Community will “Keep an Eye on G-A” on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with members in Virginia’s State Senate and House of Delegates at 7:11 a.m. while the General Assembly is in session.