August 17, 2010
Virginia now has its own new panel to devise ways to improve how health care is delivered and how much it costs.
Gov. Bob McDonnell introduced the 24-member panel loaded with politicians, health professionals and corporate health care providers and insurers Monday.
Much of its mission is to rein in Medicaid costs increases that will add billions each passing year to Virginia's budget.
The Republican governor opposes federal health care reforms and backs Virginia's lawsuit to undo a key piece of it. He told the panel to "come up with a uniquely Virginia approach."
He announced the panel the same day Virginia's Bureau of Insurance received $1 million from the federal government to crack down on health insurance premium gouging.
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