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RTD Exclusive: The firewall against Medicaid expansion has fallen in the Virginia House of Delegates, budget proposal shows

February 18, 2018News Clip

The firewall against Medicaid expansion has fallen in the Virginia House of Delegates.

The House Appropriations Committee on Sunday will consider a proposed two-year budget that includes extending Medicaid coverage to more than 300,000 uninsured Virginians under the Affordable Care Act and using the savings to pay for a blockbuster higher education initiative in Northern Virginia, a big infusion of cash into K-12 and early childhood programs, and a targeted expansion of raises for public employees.

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On 25th Anniversary of FMLA, House Dems Re-Commit to Fight for Paid Family Leave

February 5, 2018Press Release

RICHMOND, Va. – On the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, Virginia House Democrats today re-committed to the fight for paid family leave.

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2018 Session Update

January 13, 2018Blog Post

Gaveled into session on January 10th, the 2018 General Assembly Session is now in full swing. As always on even years, the General Assembly meets for 60 rather than 45 days to consider legislation. Although longer, the even-year session moves just as fast, as legislators plow through many bills and budget amendments.

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Delegate Mark Sickles’ Statement on his Legislation to Address Election Administration Issues

January 10, 2018Press Release

RICHMOND, VA. – This morning, Delegate Mark D. Sickles (D-43) introduced non-partisan bills to bolster state oversight of the general registrars and the local electoral boards in the Commonwealth. HB 1250 provides the State Board of Elections, through the Department and the Commissioner of Elections, authority to ensure the retraining of local electoral boards and general registrars who have not complied with all applicable state and federal, laws and regulations.

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Delegate Mark Sickles' Statement on Medicaid Expansion Legislation

January 9, 2018Press Release

RICHMOND, VA. – Last week, Delegate Mark Sickles (D-43) introduced HB 348, a bill that requires the Virginia Board of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to submit a plan to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services that expands access to Medicaid for low-income parents and childless adults, and people with disabilities. 

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