Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 20, 2012

Va Senate Dems: Health care special session needed

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — Democratic leaders in the Virginia Senate are once again calling for a special session to discuss how the state will address the federal health care overhaul.

States face a Dec. 14 deadline to decide whether to set up their own exchange for people to shop for private health insurance policies or allow the federal government to run them.

On Tuesday, Sens. Richard Saslaw and Donald McEachin said Gov. Bob McDonnell should call lawmakers back into session to create a state-based health insurance program.

McDonnell has previously said that a special session was not necessary and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

While McDonnell said Virginia would default to the federal exchange option, the state could change course at a later date. He’s also unwilling to expand the state’s Medicaid program.