Thursday, February 14, 2013

SB 800 Update: Expanding Medicaid?

Virginia Senate Bill 800, as noted yesterday, contains the next-to-final draft of our state budget. Carol Stopps recommends the following immediate action to constituents of the Virginia Delegates listed below. This web site recommends that, if your Delegate is on the list, you go directly to e-mail and share your thoughts while the office staff are still counting.

"Senator Stosch snuck in an amendment to the Senate Budget Bill (SB 800) which expands Virginia’s Medicaid. This is now in the House Appropriations Committee. Please contact these Delegates and ask them to remove this amendment.


House Appropriations Committee

Del. Lacey E. Putney (I) 804-698-1019 dellputney@house.virginia.gov  (chairman)

Del. Mamye E. BaCote (D) 804-698-1095 delmbacote@house.virginia.gov

Del. Robert H. Brink (D) 804-698-1048 delrbrink@house.virginia.edu

Del. M. Kirkland Cox (R) 804-698-1066 delkcox@house.virginia.gov

Del. Rosalyn R. Dance (D) 804-698-1063 delrdance@house.virginia.gov

Del. Thomas A. Greason (R) 804-698-1032 deltgreason@house.virginia.gov

Del. Algie T. Howell, Jr. (D) 804-698-1090 delahowell@house.virginia.gov

Del. Riley E. Ingram (R) 804-698-1062 delringram@house.virginia.gov

Del. Johnny S. Joannou (D) 804-698-1079 deljjoannou@house.virginia.gov

Del. S. Chris Jones (R) 804-698-1076 delcjones@house.virginia.gov

Del. R. Steven Landes (R) 804-698-1025 delslandes@house.virginia.gov

Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter (R) 804-698-1031 delslingamfelter@house.virginia.gov

Del. James P. Massie, III (R) 804-698-1072 deljmassie@house.virginia.gov

Del. Joe T. May (R) 804-698-1033 deljmay@house.virginia.gov

Del. John M. O’Bannon, III (R) 804-698-1073 deljobannon@house.virginia.gov

Del. Christopher K. Peace (R) 804-698-1097 delcpeace@house.virginia.gov

Del. Charles D. Poindexter (R) 804-698-1009 delcpoindexter@house.virginia.gov

Del. Edward T. Scott (R) 804-698-1030 delescott@house.virginia.gov

Del. James M. Scott (D) 804-698-1053 deljscott@house.virginia.gov

Del. Beverly J. Sherwood (R) 804-698-1029 delbsherwood@house.virginia.gov

Del. Robert Tata (R) 804-698-1085 delbtata@house.virginia.gov

Del. Onzlee Ware (D) 804-698-1011 deloware@house.virginia.gov

To find your legislator, please follow this link:

http://conview.state.va.us/whosmy.nsf/main?openform

Example letter:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Virginia can't be forced to implement ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion and prevents the federal government from forcing implementation through withholding all Medicaid funding from any State that refuses to do so.

Our General Assembly is full of people who have been very vocal in their opposition to ObamaCare so one would think this would be a no-brainer for Virginia's politicians.

These same politicians routinely claim to be fiscally conservative, too, so it should be a done deal that ObamaCare will not be implemented in Virginia.

Then why am I writing you about it?
An amendment has been placed into the budget bill, SB800, that would expand Medicaid and could cost the State as much as $2.2 BILLION by 2020. The so-called conservatives in the Virginia General Assembly are working to pass this saying they may support passage IF the Obama Administration will give them some flexibility.

Please vote AGAINST Senator Stosch's budget amendment for ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion in Virginia! "