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Jennifer McClellan accepting the VEA Legislative Champion Award

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Jan31

Across Virginia, people living with life-threatening and debilitating diseases are struggling to afford their medications, despite paying monthly health insurance premiums. This is because health insurers are increasingly shifting away from the traditional three-tiered cost structure — with co-pay limits for each tier — to a structure that moves medications to “specialty tiers” with no co-pay limits. As a result, for many of the sickest patients, the predictable, affordable co-pay is no more.

Jan30

No fewer than 25 companies are fueling stakeholder education and lobbying efforts to bring economic and environmental sustainability to Virginia. Next Tuesday, hundreds of these companies’ executives – including several from Virginia utilities -- will join entrepreneurs, small businesses, citizen advocates and their allies in a show of force by canvassing lawmakers on the Commerce and Labor committees in the Senate and House of Delegates pressing for passage of several bills. Here is a list of the 10 potentially most impactful solar bills.

 
Jan28

Growth in the Virginia craft beer industry has been significant. In 2011, Virginia was home to 44 breweries. But since 2012, when lawmakers approved legislation that allowed breweries to sell beer for on-site consumption, Virginia breweries have created 8,163 full-time equivalent jobs, according to the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, a coalition of independent, small, commercial breweries that is an affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association.

Jan28

Several lawmakers, both Democratic and Republican, have become perennial patrons of anti-trafficking legislation, such as Sens. John Edwards (D–Roanoke), Mark Obenshain (R–Harrisonburg) and Adam Ebbin (D–Alexandria), and Dels. Timothy Hugo (R–Centreville), Jennifer McClellan (D–Richmond) and Ronald Villanueva (R–Virginia Beach). Clearly these members have committed themselves to finding the proper legislative channels that will give law enforcement the upper hand in finding and locking up the vermin who would exploit the most vulnerable young people.

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New Laws Take Effect

On July 1st, the majority of legislation passed by the 2018 General Assembly Session took effect.  In Due Course, published by the Division of Legislative Services, provides a good overview of new laws likely to affect the daily lives of Virginians. 

Complete information on actions of the 2018 General Assembly Session can be found on the Legislative Information System webpage.

Finally!

After five years of trying, the General Assembly passed a budget last week that includes Medicaid Expansion.

Once the Federal government approves Virginia's pan, 18-64 years olds who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level will be eligible for Medicaid. This will close the coverage gap for nearly 300,000 Virginians who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid now, but not enough to qualify for subsidies on the federal health insurance marketplace. The plan includes a work requirement in which able-bodied adults under 65 are required to work, seek employment, or participate in job training, education, or community/engagement programs that improve work readiness. Exemptions are provided for children, pregnant women, the aged, disabled, and seriously mentally ill, caregivers of disabled dependents, and individuals working in the TANF VIEW program or SNAP. These requirements are waived in parts of the state with high unemployment.