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  (chairman)

Del. Mamye E. BaCote (D) 804-698-1095

Del. Robert H. Brink (D) 804-698-1048

Del. M. Kirkland Cox (R) 804-698-1066

Del. Rosalyn R. Dance (D) 804-698-1063

Del. Thomas A. Greason (R) 804-698-1032

Del. Algie T. Howell, Jr. (D) 804-698-1090

Del. Riley E. Ingram (R) 804-698-1062

Del. Johnny S. Joannou (D) 804-698-1079

Del. S. Chris Jones (R) 804-698-1076

Del. R. Steven Landes (R) 804-698-1025

Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter (R) 804-698-1031

Del. James P. Massie, III (R) 804-698-1072

Del. Joe T. May (R) 804-698-1033

Del. John M. O’Bannon, III (R) 804-698-1073

Del. Christopher K. Peace (R) 804-698-1097

Del. Charles D. Poindexter (R) 804-698-1009

Del. Edward T. Scott (R) 804-698-1030

Del. James M. Scott (D) 804-698-1053

Del. Beverly J. Sherwood (R) 804-698-1029

Del. Robert Tata (R) 804-698-1085

Del. Onzlee Ware (D) 804-698-1011

To find your legislator, please follow this link:

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! "