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Virginia moving on implementing health reform

Virginia has made progress in updating its computer system for verifying eligibility for Medicaid and has passed insurance regulations in preparation for implementing federal health care reform, according to a report by a nonprofit organization tracking states’ efforts.

But Virginia is behind in some key areas — it hasn’t created health insurance exchanges or marketplaces where people could buy affordable health insurance plans, and it may not be producing enough doctors to care for hundreds of thousands of newly insured people expected to be covered when reform is fully implemented.

The report, paid for by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a health care philanthropy, was done by researchers at the Urban Institute, a nonprofit policy research organization, “Virginia has made significant progress in health reform implementation, despite significant political opposition in and out of the state government,” conclude the report’s authors, Linda J. Blumberg, John Holahan and Vicki Chen, of the Urban Institute.

See on www2.timesdispatch.com

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