Va's Health Secretary Discusses Overhaul

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's top health official says many unknowns still exist on what the federal health care overhaul that was upheld over the summer will mean for Virginia.

Virginia Secretary of Health & Human Resources Bill Hazel addressed the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday.

Hazel says Virginia faces deadlines this fall on determining which benefits will be required in basic health insurance plans sold to individuals and small businesses in the state. It also must decide whether to establish its own insurance exchange and is exploring changes to Medicaid coverage.

Despite the pending deadlines, Hazel says the state legislature will ultimately have a say in Virginia's health care system.

Virginia was one of the states that challenged the health care overhaul, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June.


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