John Edwards wants quick agreement on Medicaid - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

John Edwards wants quick agreement on Medicaid

Posted: Updated:
ROANOKE -

Virginia is one step closer to expanding Medicaid statewide.

A 10 member state panel made up of senators and delegates has been formed to determine the best way to reform and expand Medicaid.

The General Assembly is requiring the agreement before it will approve $2 billion from the federal government to pay for the program.

The money would allow the Commonwealth to add 400,000 new people to Medicaid and potentially create thousands of jobs.

Roanoke Senator John Edwards said the panel is facing a deadline to reach an agreement.

"For every month that goes by after next winter, January 1, 2014, if we don't sign up for this program we will be losing $200 million in federal (money)," Edwards said. "It's in our economic interest to move forward as quickly as possible."

State Republicans have said they want reforms to Medicaid before they will agree to expanding the program.

Edwards said he's confident the panel will find a way to both reform and expand Medicaid in Virginia.

  • Franklin County accident causes lane closures on Brooks Mill Road

    State Trooper injured in accident on Brooks Mill Road

    State Trooper injured in accident on Brooks Mill Road

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:31 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:31:25 GMT
    State Police confirm that a trooper was involved in a crash Tuesday night.
    State Police confirm that a trooper was involved in a crash Tuesday night.
  • Fugitive sex offender captured in Roanoke

    Fugitive sex offender captured in Roanoke

    Fugitive sex offender captured in Roanoke

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-07-30 04:41:44 GMT
    ROANOKE (WSLS) - A man wanted for sex crimes against a minor was captured in Roanoke during a traffic stop.
    ROANOKE (WSLS) - A man wanted for sex crimes against a minor was captured in Roanoke during a traffic stop.
  • Roanoke Police investigate shots fired incident

    Roanoke Police investigate shots fired incident

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:37:03 GMT
    On July 29, 2014 at 6:08 p.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Orange Avenue NE to investigate a shots fired call. Immediately upon arrival officers detained several subjects believed to have been involved in the incident. The preliminary investigation suggests the individuals involved were traveling in two different vehicles on Hollins Road when at least one of the occupants in one of the vehicles starting shooting at the other vehicle. The vehicles separated briefly and t...
    On July 29, 2014 at 6:08 p.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Orange Avenue NE to investigate a shots fired call. Immediately upon arrival officers detained several subjects believed to have been involved in the incident. The preliminary investigation suggests the individuals involved were traveling in two different vehicles on Hollins Road when at least one of the occupants in one of the vehicles starting shooting at the other vehicle. The vehicles separated briefly and t...
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.