Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership Urges General Assembly to Close the Health Insurance Coverage Gap for Virginia's Working Uninsured
The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership today announced that it has called on the Virginia General Assembly and Governor McAuliffe to enact a public-private, managed care approach that will leverage available funding from the Federal government to close the health care coverage gap for Virginia’s working uninsured population.
Comprised of the Dulles Regional, Greater Reston and Loudoun County chambers of commerce, the Partnership also urged the Virginia’s elected leaders to adopt a Medicaid reform package that protects the Commonwealth’s financial sustainability, should the Federal government decide to end its support for expanded coverage. The Partnership also maintained its strong support for the continued reform of the state’s traditional Medicaid program, including a comprehensive audit favored by many legislative leaders.
“The Partnership is committed to improving the quality of life in Northern Virginia and ensuring that everyone has access to affordable and stable health insurance is critical to achieving this goal,” said Loudoun County Chamber President and CEO Tony Howard. “The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership’s approach responsibly leverages federal dollars to provide private coverage to the estimated 400,000 Virginians currently without health insurance. In also ends the job-killing practice of forcing businesses and individuals with private insurance to pay more for their coverage in order to underwrite the costs of caring for the uninsured,” concluded Howard.
“The Partnership’s proposed managed care approach provides opportunities for competition, personal responsibility for costs among new enrollees, care coordination, incentive payments based on health quality outcomes, and other incentives for innovative health care delivery and healthy behaviors. This is a common-sense, responsible solution to a serious problem,” said Greater Reston Chamber President Mark S. Ingrao. “This approach will abate the rising cost of health care to companies that currently pay for the uninsured who are using the hospitals as the health care provider of last resorts,” continued Ingrao.
“The Partnership’s approach is good for Virginia’s residents, employers and overall fiscal health of Virginia. It ensures that new federal funds flow through the new private-sector model as opposed to traditional Medicaid, calls for any surplus funding to be deposited into the Virginia Health and Innovation Fund, and protects of the Commonwealth’s financial sustainability through automatic disenrollment should the Federal government not follow through on its financial commitments,” said Eileen Curtis President of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It supports continued reform of the current Medicaid system – which is consuming an extremely large portion of the state’s budget, impacting funding for education, roads, public safety and other core state priorities. We believe this approach is a win-win on a critical issue for Virginia,” continued Curtis.
The organizations that comprise the Partnership believe the principles outlined in its position should be thoughtfully considered and included in an ultimate solution to reforming Medicaid and increasing coverage for Virginia’s uninsured population.
To read the Partnership’s Position Statement on Medicaid click here.
The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership is a collaboration between the Dulles Regional, Greater Reston and Loudoun County chambers of commerce. The Partnership collectively represents more than 2,800 businesses and 100,000 jobs, providing an unparalleled voice for Northern Virginia’s business community in Richmond.
Dulles Chamber’s T3 Expo Offers Free Employment Resources for Veterans
The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its second Teaming, Training and Transitioning (T3) Employment Resource Expo for veterans on February 7 at the Sheraton Reston hotel.
The expo, which is presented by the chamber’s GovCONnections Committee, will run from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with veterans and active duty service members receiving free admission.
The first 80 veterans to register will receive a free 4-hour coaching session on February 6 at Northrop Grumman to assist them in building a marketable resume and preparing for onsite interviews. Veterans may register online at the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce website.
This year’s T3 Expo features networking and interview opportunities with leading companies from the Dulles Region engaged in hiring veterans, as well as a keynote address by Carlton Kent, former 16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.
Last year, veterans from as far away as Maryland filled the expo to hear speakers, including Kent, address the importance of transitioning veterans into the civilian workforce.
The T3 Employment Resource Expo is designed to provide veterans and military personnel with access to human resource representatives from attending companies, highlight programs offered by those companies specifically for veterans and transitioning military, and provide information on resources available through private organizations, employers and the community to service members transitioning to the civilian workforce.
Exhibitors include companies and organizations such as CACI, Hope for the Warriors, Human Resource Leadership Awards, Raytheon, Deltek, Evoke Research and Consulting, General Dynamics Information Technology, The Insurance Exchange, Lockheed Martin, and the Northern Virginia Community College Workforce Development Division.
Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with exhibitors regarding their programs for hiring and supporting veterans and find out what resources are available to those transitioning from the military to civilian workforce.
Human resource representatives will be on-hand to accept resumes for current and future positions.
“Veterans are a vital part of the Dulles Region and a critical workforce candidate pool,” said Eileen Curtis, president and CEO of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It’s important to provide any support we can to these men and women to help to ease the difficulties that face them as they transition to civilian jobs.”
For more information or to register for the T3 Employment Resource Expo, visit the chamber’s website: www.dullesregionalchamber.org. General admission is $20, except for veterans and active duty service members, who will receive free admission.
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