The struggle over Medicaid expansion in Virginia has had many twists and turns, but it is continuing. Recent events in the struggle include a budget crisis, the controversial resignation of a state senator, a few vetoes, some interesting parliamentary rulings on vetoes and a http://
A study by the Virginia Hospital Association found that Medicaid expansion will cover close to 400,000 Virginians and create about 30,000 new jobs. The study also found that the cost to Virginia of expanding Medicaid was actually less than the cost of not expanding it.
A new Department of Health and Human Services study found that the average person in the Health Insurance Marketplace is paying $82 a month for coverage, with 46 percent of people paying less than $50 a month. This is the cost after government tax credits. Keep in mind that this is slightly more comprehensive coverage than existed prior to the ACA. The study also showed that people buying in the federal exchange had a choice of 47 health plans, offered by an average of five different insurance companies. The study, available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/
The Washington Post is reporting on a Rand Corp survey that found a significant increase in employer provided health insurance. It found that employer coverage increased by 8.2 million since September. See: http://www.washingtonpost.com/
A Kaiser survey finds that 57 percent of those who signed up on the Health Insurance Marketplace were previously uninsured: http://www.washingtonpost.com/
There is a federal income tax credit for small businesses that provide health insurance for their employees. The credit will carry over into the future if it is not all used in one year. IRS form 8941 contains information http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-
Elections will be this fall on http://sbe.virginia.gov/. A new law requires every voter in Virginia to have a photo ID. A Virginia Drivers License is an acceptable form of ID. An employer issued photo ID will also be acceptable if it meets the requirements of the law. Most importantly, each local election office will provide a photo ID to registered voters that do not have another valid ID. More information is available at
Virginia Organizing’s Grassroots Gathering will be held the weekend ofin Blackstone, Virginia, west of Petersburg. The gathering will bring together community leaders from across the state. There will be lots of workshops and opportunities to learn about organizing on a variety of issues.
Virginia Organizing is doing an Adbook for the Grassroots Gathering in September. Ad prices start at $125. This is a great way to support the group that provides these updates. Contact Bob Becker at 804-937-0752 if you would like more details.
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