Refusing Expansion Would be a Costly Mistake for Virginia

The Virginia Poverty Law Center has joined with other advocacy groups to support the Medicaid expansion that is part of the Affordable Care Act. “The Medicaid expansion could provide coverage to about 425,000 very low-income Virginians — nearly half of the one million uninsured in this state,” said VPLC health law attorney Jill Hanken.  “We […]

Food Assistance Schedule Will Change in September and October

Virginians who depend on SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) to buy food will have a change coming in the fall. The change will cause a temporary delay in benefits for some recipients and will require a community response to keep families fed. Instead of everyone getting their benefit on the first day of […]

New Va. Law: Prenatal Care for Some Legal Immigrants Covered

By Monique Coppola, Public News Service-VA Pregnant, low-income legal immigrants and children under the age of 19 are now eligible for health care through Medicaid and FAMIS (Family Access to Medical Insurance Security), under a new Virginia law that went into effect this week. Virginia Poverty Law Center staff attorney Jill Hanken says approximately 1,000 […]

New Data Shows Car Title Loans Big Business in Va.

By Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press Virginia car title lenders doled out nearly 128,500 loans worth more than $125 million in 2011, according to data collected by the State Corporation Commission for the first full year under state regulation. Car title lenders were unregulated in Virginia until October 2010, when a new law took effect that […]

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