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Feb4

A subcommittee in the Virginia House of Delegates has declined to send a bill to the full House that would have required that insurance companies notify a third party before canceling a long term care insurance policy. The subcommittee’s 5-5 vote on the bill, HB 719, which had been introduced by Delegate Jennifer McClellan, left it dead for this session.

Feb4

On a mostly party-line vote on Monday, the House of Delegates passed HB706, a bill that would give legal standing for any member of the General Assembly to defend a law that the attorney general has deemed unconstitutional. “This bill raises some serious constitutional and separation of powers concerns,” said Delegate Jennifer McClellan. “It would create 140 mini-attorneys general in the General Assembly. Allowing each individual legislator to exerciseexecutive powers violates the Virginia Constitution and raises practical concerns regarding authority to make decisions in a case on behalf of the Commonwealth.”

Feb3

The Virginia House of Delegates voted 65-32 Monday morning to pass HB706, a bill that would amend the Code of Virginia to allow the General Assembly as a whole, either chamber of the Assembly, or any current member of the General Assembly to intervene as party to defend the constitutionality of a law passed by the Legislature if the governor and attorney general choose not to do so. 

"The bill raises some constitutional and separation of powers concerns," added Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-City of Richmond, Henrico Co.). "It would create 140 mini-attorneys general in the General Assembly. Allowing each individual legislator to exercise executive powers violates the Virginia Constitution and raises practical concerns regarding authority to make decisions in a case on behalf of the Commonwealth." 

Jan31

Delegate Jennifer McClellan has introduced HB719, which would require insurers to send lapse or termination notices to both policyholders and third parties via certified mail or commercial services like FedEx or UPS. That would provide proof that companies notify customers, or don’t. The state AARP chapter has lobbied for the bill and the state Alzheimer’s Association has endorsed it.

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We are in the final week of the 2018 Session. So far we have passed about 750 bills, with another 175 pending.  The Budget conferees have not yet reached an agreement to bridge the approximately $600 million gap between the House and Senate Budgets, primarily due to their disagreement over Medicaid Expansion.

Last week the House and Senate adopted their amendments to the 2018 - 2020 biennial budget introduced by Governor McAuliffe on December 18, 2017.  The two budgets are about $600 million apart.  The key difference between the two budgets is Medicaid expansion.

Last week, the Senate and House each passed their proposed amendments to the Biennial Budget introduced by the Governor.  
 
The key difference between the two budgets is Medicaid expansion. The House budget extends health coverage to hundreds of thousands of Virginians who need it by expanding Medicaid and accepting more than $3 billion in federal funding to do so. The House budget also directs the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to apply to the federal government for a waiver that imposes work requirements for certain Medicaid recipients.