Virginia Panel Meets To Decide Whether To Add 400,000 Residents To Medicaid | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Virginia Panel Meets To Decide Whether To Add 400,000 Residents To Medicaid

Play associated audio

In Virginia, a new panel is meeting to decide whether the commonwealth has met the criteria to expand health insurance for the poor.

Last week Loudoun County businessman David LaRock defeated longtime Delegate Joe May in a Republican primary by challenging his support of a transportation package that adds more than a billion dollars in new taxes every year. It was part of a vote swapping operation to get support for expanding Medicaid, which LaRock also opposes.

"It's just an open-ended transaction with an extremely high level of risk for the state of Virginia. The concern is that we will be trapped in a budget crisis beyond anything we've seen before," he said.

A new panel is meeting in Richmond this week to determine whether conditions have been met to expand Medicaid. Arlington Delegate Patrick Hope says he believes Virginia is on track to expand Medicaid, which was a key provision of President Obama's health care overhaul.

"Reforms need to be in place before we expand Medicaid, and if we are doing this we need to make sure that the system is as efficient as possible. And right now, Medicaid is not as efficient and effective as it needs to be," he said.

If the commission determines cost-containment goals have been met, the program would cover 400,000 new recipients.

NPR

4 Out Of 5 Puzzlers Say These Things Are The Same

Rearrange the letters in a four-letter word and a five-letter word to get a pair of synonyms. For example, given "time" and "night," you would say "item" and "thing."
NPR

Italian Cheese Lovers Find Their Bovine Match Through 'Adopt A Cow'

The cheeses of the Italian Alps are prized for their flavor. But the tradition of cheese-making here is dying off. Now remaining farmers are banding together around an unusual adoption program.
NPR

6 In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana, Survey Says

A Pew Research Center survey shows that 63 percent of Republicans under the age of 34 favor legalization.
NPR

A Neuroscientist Weighs In: Why Do We Disagree On The Color Of The Dress?

Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist at Wellesley College, about the dress that has the whole Internet asking: What color is it?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.