The Daily Press

“Not only do we not have a plan, we don’t even have a process.”

The General Assembly is to convene next month to talk about Medicaid expansion, but there’s still no firm word on the scope of what they’ll tackle – or even what kind of legislation, if any, they’ll consider — and that is starting to bug legislators pushing for some kind of additional coverage for low-income Virginians. In his letter to House Speaker William Howell, House Minority Leader David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) said, “Establishing the rules far in advance of the session will bring greater transparency to the process and ensure the full, fair and open debate that we all desire.” Toscano said it is vital to know what bills and resolutions will be considered, as well as any deadlines for filing them. He said it’s also essential to know when and how the public can comment on any proposals.