Norfolk council adopts Medicaid resolution

WAVY/Lavoy Harrell
WAVY/Lavoy Harrell

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk city council members have adopted a resolution declaring support for the governor’s proposed 2015 budget and two-year Medicaid expansion plan.

Lori Crouch with the City of Norfolk told WAVY.com the resolution essentially supports Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s request that the General Assembly expand Medicaid in the Commonwealth.

“Whereas, through 2022, Virginians will send $26 billion to Washington, D.C. through mandatory federal Affordable Care Act-related taxes, feeds and provider payment cuts to pay for uninsured medical coverage in other states; and whereas the Commonwealth has a responsibility to recoup these funds to help its own citizens and the citizens of Norfolk by developing a financially-sound plan that will ensure Virginia’s health care delivery system will have the resources needed to provide quality services to their community,” resolution reads in part.

 Document: Medicaid expansion resolution (.pdf)

The resolution also states the Commonwealth has a responsibility to the 13,200 citizens of Norfolk who wouldn’t be insured under the Affordable Care Act.

Medicaid expansion has been a constant fissure between the two branches of Virginia’s government. The GOP-controlled House of Delegates opposes expansion, citing problems with other parts of the Affordable Care Act. A state budget has not been passed because of the opposition and if there is no compromise before July 1, state government could shut down.

Council members took a look at the resolution during a work session. Crouch told WAVY.com members voted unaimously to support it.

Another city council also adopted a similar resolution. Portsmouth City Council adopted a resolution also urging the General Assembly to expand Medicaid in Virginia last week. The measure passed 7-0.

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