Members of the Republican Caucus held a press conference to announce legislative initiatives that would make access to health care more affordable.

Speaker Bill Howell (R-28) was joined by Delegate Sam Nixon (R-27), Delegate Phil Hamilton (R-93) and Delegate Danny Marshall (R-14) to talk about legislation that has been introduced in the 2009 General Assembly session to make health care more accessible.    Also joining the members of caucus was Julia Hammond, State Director of the NFIB.   

Delegate Hamilton spoke about House Bill 1598 which changes the criteria to be considered by the Commissioner of Health when reviewing Certificate of Public Need (COPN) applications by owners and sponsors of identified medical care facility projects.

“The COPN bill represents significant legislative reform to what has been a controversial health care topic over the past 20 years,” commented Delegate Hamilton, Chairman of the House Health, Welfare & Institutions Committee.  “Through the cooperative and collaborative work of the Administration, the Committee and the healthcare provider network, consensus on a framework for addressing the COPN issue has at long last been developed.”

Delegate Marshall spoke about House Bill 2024, which would give businesses with 50 or fewer employees the ability to offer their workers health insurance coverage that does not include some or all of the costly mandates currently required, allowing consumers to tailor a plan that bests fits their needs and pocketbooks.

“Small businesses desperately want to be able to offer health insurance to their workers, but cannot afford the increasing costs in the current economic climate,” noted Delegate Danny Marshall, a member of the House Commerce and Labor Committee.  “My legislation will make it easier for employees to receive access to needed health care.  With over 1 million uninsured Virginians, this practical solution would help bring coverage to many families at an affordable cost to their small business employers.”

Delegate Nixon spoke about his legislation that would direct the Informatin Technology Investment Board to develop software for health-care technology.  

“Bringing best practices to health information technology systems improves the delivery of care, reduces costs and cuts down on unnecessary errors that can cost lives,” said Delegate Nixon, Vice-Chairman of the House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee and a member of the House Science & Technology Committee.  “Reaching out and working across party lines and with the Administration, especially the Secretary of Technology, House Republicans are committed to developing practical solutions to bring quality health care to Virginians.”

 Julia Hammond from the NFIB was able to provide real world need for these measures to provide more access to health care to small businesses throughout Virginia.

Health insurance costs have risen 129% since 1999, and 84% since 2001, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).  These huge cost increases have forced small business owners to terminate their health plans while preventing others from instituting any in the first place.  These dramatic increases, in part, can be attributed to mandated benefits requirements, which increase the cost of health insurance by as much as 45% in some markets.  Delegate Danny Marshall’s legislation, House Bill 2024, would give businesses with 50 or fewer employees the ability to offer their workers health insurance coverage that does not include some or all of the costly mandates currently required, allowing consumers to tailor a plan that bests fits their needs and pocketbooks.

 

 

Official press release

January 30 – Richmond Times Dispatch Editorial on Republican Health Care Initiatives

Discussion - 2 Comments
  1. Bessie L. Brooks

    Feb 20, 2010  at 5:06 pm

    The REp.Party do have Ideals,But I seems tobe hearing President Obamas”Ideals.So please explain to me,just when will the Rep.the GOP come up with ideals of their own?And the GOP party should stop trying to make themselves out tobe the real true no how to do things right.But from what I have seen in the Rep,the GOP party for the past 8years is only WARS that were not required.only after 6 months of George Bush were in the President Office,But the GOP party doesn’t seems to reconizes that fact about their former President.And also found that it was required to give Mr.Bush 600.million just 2 month when he was about to leave office as President.And the Rep.the GOP party wants to lay all or their error on Dem.President Obama,and their mishandling of the united States of America with their over spending on WARS! And are still doing this Evil.Now President Obama,needs money to try to get this Country back in order the Rep.party seems to show themselves as not hearing it.Huh,Can it be because the wrong color is in the White House?Tell the truth now,you mr.an mrs.so honorable truth telling GOPS’ The GOP party needs to get their act in order to try to show themselves people this willing to follow as will as lead,So that the mess that their party have cased and work with the President.Thank you,And please be willing te follow our President to show the rest of the World that the United States are true indeed a United State.

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  2. Bessie L. Brooks

    Feb 20, 2010  at 5:06 pm

    Thank you,This is just what I am speaking on,NOT WILLING TO LISTEN!Speak your mind.

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