January 29, 2018

Around the nation: Virginia lawmakers reject Medicaid expansion bill

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    The Virginia Senate's Education and Health Committee on Thursday voted 8-7 to reject a bill that would have expanded Medicaid in Virginia, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, Connecticut, and Virginia.

    • Arizona: An Arizona woman shot during the Oct. 1 Las Vegas mass shooting has been discharged following a recovery that her doctors call "profound" and "amazing." The woman, Jovanna Calzadillas, sustained a gunshot wound to the head, and doctors initially advised her family to remove her from life-support, given the gravity of her injuries. However, Calzadillas made an unexpected recovery, eventually transferring to Barrow Neurological Institute and Select Specialty Hospital where she began re-learning how to speak and walk. Following her discharge on Jan. 25, Calzadillas immediately began outpatient rehab to continue her recovery (AP/KPTV, 1/25).

    • Connecticut: Trinity Health of New England has named Reginald Eadie as president and CEO effective March 26. Eadie most recently served as SVP and COO of Detroit Medical Center (DMC), and he has previously served as president and CEO of multiple DMC hospitals. Eadie succeeds Roger Spoelman, who has been serving in the interim since previous president and CEO, Christopher Dadlez, stepped down (Modern Healthcare, 1/25).

    • Virginia: The state Senate's Education and Health Committee on Thursday voted 8-7 to reject a bill that would have expanded Medicaid in Virginia. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Emmett Hanger (R), would have ordered state health officials to submit an expansion waiver to the federal government that would have included work requirements for "able-bodied" adults, as well as income verification and cost-sharing provisions (Weixel, The Hill, 1/25).

    Updated: Where the states stand on Medicaid expansion

    The Daily Briefing editorial teams have been tracking where each state stands on the issue since the ruling, combing through lawmakers' statements, press releases, and media coverage.

    In this latest iteration of our Medicaid map, we've determined each state's position based on legislative or executive actions to expand coverage to low-income residents using ACA funding.

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