The 2019 General Assembly session begins on January 8, 2019. This is a 45-day session or the “short” session. From reading the media reports and other tea leaves, I’m thinking that the session will focus on the budget amendments, of course, and how to deal with a revenue surplus, which appears to be mainly due to tax changes at the federal level. In addition, there will be much attention to whether Virginia will permit gambling in the form of opening casinos. Lots of new lobbyists have been hired to attend to both of these efforts.
On the health side, with Medicaid expansion underway, we’ll probably see some efforts to reform the Certificate of Public Need process and continued efforts to stem the opioid crisis. I have not seen any bills filed directly mentioning diabetes in the bill summary. To date, I have added these bills to our bill list:
As you can see, I’ve added bills that would affect health insurance on the ACA (HB 1661 and SB 1027), school safety (HB1732 and HB 1854), and one on overall wellness (HB 1847).
More bills will be filed, as the filing date is not completed until January 18th. So look for additional information in next month’s newsletter.
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