HEALTHCARE | Virginia recently decided to expand Medicaid coverage. Now, state officials and advocates are trying to reach those who are newly eligible for health insurance, but may not know about the change. (ARLnow, 10/29)
The program’s expansion, the result of a years-long battle in the General Assembly that culminated in a compromise signed by Gov. Ralph Northam this spring, will allow low-income adults without any children to access health coverage through Medicaid for the first time ever in Virginia.
It also bumps up the income caps for families and people with disabilities, meaning that roughly 400,000 people are now eligible for the program across the state. And in Arlington alone, roughly 7,000 people could join the Medicaid rolls, according to Anita Freeman, the county’s director of human services.
PUBLIC SAFETY | D.C. Will Give Religious Institutions $1 Million To Ramp Up Security (DCist, 10/29)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | Here’s a breakdown of the candidates who are challenging DC’s Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton in the next election. (DC Line, 10/26)
TRANSIT | Metro has announced more proposed changes to its service. This time they want to charge a flat $2 fare for all weekend Metrorail trips. (WAMU, 10/29)
LGBTQIA RIGHTS | Two DC councilmembers have introduced legislation to protect LGBTQIA seniors and seniors living with HIV in long-term care facilities from discrimination. (Washington Blade, 10/23)
CRIMINAL JUSTICE | D.C. solicits groups to conduct community engagement for jail redevelopment (Curbed, 10/29)
IMMIGRATION | The president of the US is planning to use an executive order to end birthright citizenship in America. (NPR, 10/30)
SOCIAL JUSTICE | The D.C. Council Wants to Find Ways to Deal With Conflicts of Race and Religion (WCP, 10/25)
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