Thursday, July 30, 2015
Virginia U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine along with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe held a media conference not only to mark the 50th anniversary of Medicaid but to urge Republican legislatures and governors throughout the country to expand Medicaid immediately.
McAuliffe says he is the “ultimate optimist on these type of things.”
Nineteen states have still refused to expand Medicaid despite its track record of success in helping low-income families receive quality, affordable healthcare. Failure by these 19 states to expand Medicaid could deprive more than four million Americans from receiving this affordable healthcare in 2016 they all said.
Brian McGinn, Public Affairs Specialist at the United States Attorney Office for the Western District of Virginia said that the Department Of Justice is in the midst of a hard hiring freeze. “When that freeze lifts the Community Outreach Coordinator position that Gwen Mason held will be advertised and filled,” he said.
McGinn emphasized that the position has not been eliminated and Mason made a choice to leave the position but was not forced to leave due to elimination of funding. He stressed “that this change in personnel is not related to the success of the program or its funding, it’s simply a personal choice by a departing employee.”
Community Outreach Coordinator Gwen Mason will resign the position on May 5 and join U.S. Senator Tim Kaine’s staff as Roanoke Regional Director.
See Gwen Mason becomes part of Tim Kaine’s staff
“The Coordinator position has not been unfunded or eliminated. In fact, the Executive Office of United States Attorney’s (our regulating body) has actually extended funding for the position through the end of FY13. In addition, all indications point to this position becoming a permanent, full-time post within our district,” said McGinn.
The program was started as a pilot project three years ago and has proven successful, both here and across the country. There are dozens of community outreach coordinators in US Attorney’s Office’s throughout the nation and we fully expect to have a full-time, permanent community outreach coordinator here in the WDVA in the near future explained McGinn.