The 2016 Virginia General Assembly Session begins in a just a few days. I forecast that this session will be spending some time on the Governor’s budget and Medicaid expansion. It is unfortunate that Governor McAuliffe included Medicaid expansion in his budget again, after nearly leading the state to its first government shutdown in history. The Governor has also made incorrect assumptions about Medicaid spending that will make it more difficult to complete the budget on time this year. There is a better way to expand access to healthcare. Instead of expanding government-run entitlement programs, we should strengthen our health care safety net to care for the truly needy. The House of Delegates has invested over $175 million in the safety net over the last two years, including significant funding for mental health coverage and funding for free clinics and community health centers.
I have carefully chosen the questions I would like to ask my constituents for the 2016 Pre-Session Survey and would love to hear your input on what is important to you for the upcoming session. This survey is a vital piece and helps me better serve you by knowing exactly what is needed for the constituents of the 59th District. Your views are important to me. Please let me know your opinion about some of the significant issues affecting our lives this year by filling out the survey. It should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey link will also be available on my Facebook page this week and on my website at www.mattfariss.com. I have provided the link below:
If you have any concerns, questions, comments or issues that I or my Aide, Jenna, can help you with, please contact us at (434)821-5929 or email at Delmfariss@house.virginia.gov