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Virginia Officials Debate Benefits And Drawbacks Of Possible Medicaid Expansion

In Virginia, the General Assembly panel that will decide whether and how to expand Medicaid is looking at the experiences of other states and listening to experts.

Drew Gonshorowski with the conservative Heritage Foundation said federal funds that pay for the expansion through 2016 would be beneficial at first—until the state had to pay 10 percent of costs, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.

“And those sorts of costs have negative economic impacts in the future that we’re not talking about. And we would expect that in order to fund this, we’re going to have to cannibalize other social programs," he says.

The Commonwealth Institute’s Massey Whorley disagrees.

“That stands in stark contrast to the 50 percent that we pay for our base Medicaid population. So even at 10 percent, Medicaid expansion is a very good deal for Virginia," he says.

Some analysts said Virginia’s supply of doctors would not cover all new enrollees, in part because the program pays them only 80 percent as much as Medicare. They said a better option is to enroll many through the subsidized health insurance exchange, which provides better pay for doctors.

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After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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