Health Care

After decades of debate and failed attempts Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010.  The bill passed both the Senate and House along party lines with most Democrats in support and Republicans unanimously opposed.  Advocates praised the sweeping legislation for expanding health-care coverage to most Americans, providing insurance pools for those who can't find coverage elsewhere and limiting the power of insurance companies to deny coverage.  Critics decried the measure as a massive intrusion of government into private enterprise, and lawsuits are now pending claiming the law is unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the law in March 2012 and is set to rule on the constitutionality of all or parts of the law.


Related Legislation

SB 665 Standards of Learning

Standards of Learning; method of administration.  Allows a local school division to administer any Standards of Learning… more »

SB 659 Medicaid

Medicaid; coordinated long-term care.  Directs the Director of the Department of Medical Assistance Services to develop… more »

SB 650 Hospitals and physicians

Hospitals and physicians; processing health insurance claims.  Requires any hospital or licensed physician who treats… more »

SB 643 Health information

Health information needs; Department of Health work group.  Requires the Department of Health to establish a work group… more »

SB 634 Impaired health care providers

Health Practitioners' Monitoring Program; impaired health care providers.  Provides that the term "impairment" includes… more »

SB 615 Health Benefits Exchange Authority

Virginia Health Benefits Exchange.  Creates the Virginia Health Benefits Exchange Authority as a political subdivision… more »
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Virginia (change)

Virginia was founded in 1607 in Jamestown. Since then, Virginia has grown and prospered into a thriving state rich with diversity from culture to climate.
Offices & Officials

Governor: Robert F. McDonnell
Lieutenant Governor: Bill Bolling
Attorney General: Ken Cuccinelli
Secretary of State: Janet Polarek