2013 Legislative Wrap-Up
The General Assembly finished its 2013 session on time and with unexpected progress on two major issues facing the commonwealth—transportation funding and Medicaid reforms and expansion. Although seemingly separate issues, legislators forged a bipartisan compromise on both issues to reach agreement on major tax policy changes to fund transportation and develop a plan for Medicaid reforms and a potential path to expansion of coverage to uninsured individuals. The Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) expressed its support for fiscally responsible Medicaid expansion and has long called for system reforms.
MSV also achieved success for physicians on key priorities for the society: liability reforms and preventing the imposition of a Medicare-based fee schedule on the workers’ compensation system. MSV and medical specialty societies also worked on series of budget amendments some of which met with success and were included in the final budget, while others were not adopted by the General Assembly.
Click here to view the 2013 Legislative Wrap-Up newsletter (PDF)
Click here to view the 2013 Legislative Wrap-Up flyer (PDF).
NEW! Bill tracking:
In an effort to expand members’ awareness of the scope of MSV’s legislative activities, we are providing you with a list of the legislation MSV is tracking this session. Click here
to view this useful resource, which includes MSV’s priority legislation, including workers’ compensation legislation and liability reforms. This members-only document will be updated weekly and is available by logging into the MSV Web site. Please note that bill statuses change frequently as legislators act on bills. For the most up-to-date status of a bill, click on the hyper-linked bill number to check the latest information on the Virginia Legislative Information System.
By sharing the MSV bill tracker with members, MSV intends to provide members with a greater understanding of the breadth and number of bills we support, oppose and/or monitor that affect physicians and their patients. If you have questions about a particular bill, contact the MSV’s government affairs team at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the MSV Capitol Office at 804 | 343-1185.
2013 Legislative Preview
For 45 days in early 2013, Virginia’s legislators
will introduce, amend, pass and reject thousands of bills. They will also make adjustments to the two-year budget they approved last session based on changes in the commonwealth’s revenue projections and other factors. Many advocacy groups in the health care sector, including the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV), will be closely watching the budget process and particularly the Medicaid budget, which currently accounts for one out of every five dollars spent. MSV’s lobbying team will review each prpposed bill to assess whether it will impact the practice of medicine and patients in Virginia—for good or bad—as well as offer pro-active legislation to advance physicians' and patients’ interests.
Click here to view the 2013 Legislative Preview