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Countdown to #MedicaidCharade: Myths and Facts for Speaker Howell

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Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates have been hiding behind fake excuses and baseless claims to avoid doing the right thing for 400,000 uninsured Virginians. It makes no sense -- why would Speaker Howell and House leadership fight so hard to block affordable healthcare for hard-working Virginians?
 
It's true that everyone's talking about Medicaid expansion these days. Maybe in all the hubub, Speaker Howell just got a little confused about he rights and wrongs of Medicaid expansion. Here's a helpful cheat sheet that might help House leadership actually come to the table to discuss closing the coverage gap.

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Countdown to #MedicaidCharade: Still No Plan from House Leadership

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With special session only days away, Virginians are still waiting for Speaker Howell and the rest of House Republican leadership to show that they're even willing to consider a plan to expand Medicaid and close the coverage gap. Republican leaders have yet to put forward legislation to ensure that 400,000 Virginians have access to the healthcare they deserve – but they have wasted thousands of taxpayer dollars on political posturing.

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Virginia Democrats' Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

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RICHMOND – Linda Brooks, Chair of the Virginia Democratic Women’s Caucus, released the following statement on the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act:

"Today marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most important pieces of legislation our country has ever passed – the Violence Against Women Act. This law lends crucial support to law enforcement, survivors and those providing support services, regardless of race, creed or sexuality. While we have made progress in stemming the tide of abuse over the last two decades, there is still much more to be done to ensure that violence has no place in any relationship.

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