Delegate Hugo to Introduce Legislation to Require Background Checks for Healthcare Exchange “Navigators”

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December 17, 2013 (Fairfax, VA) – Delegate Tim Hugo will introduce legislation for the 2014 General Assembly Session to require "health benefit exchange navigators" to undergo a background check prior to being hired to help consumers navigate the healthcare exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

In 2013, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation regulating what activities navigators could perform, e.g., offering advice as to what plan to choose. That legislation, however, did not address the growing concerns regarding who is hired as a "navigator."

Delegate Hugo’s legislation would mandate that "navigators" be held to the same standard that is required of insurance agents including background checks. It would be administered as part of the navigators’ certification process with the Commonwealth.

"I am extremely disappointed in the failure of the federal government to install security measures to protect consumers on these healthcare exchanges. My legislation will help to protect the deeply private information that Virginians will be sharing with ‘navigators,’" said Delegate Hugo.

Delegate Hugo went on to say, "Virginians who are seeking health insurance through the exchanges need some assurances that their information is not given to ‘just anyone.’ Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified on November 6th that it is possible for a felon to be hired as a healthcare ‘navigator’. It is particularly egregious that so many Virginians are losing their insurance; and the potential for their personal information and identify to be put at risk is plain irresponsible oversight by the federal government. My legislation seeks to protect consumers as they seek to purchase health insurance on the federal exchange."

As the third ranking member in the Virginia House of Delegates leadership, Delegate Hugo currently serves as the Majority Caucus Chairman for the House Republican Caucus. He is the Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee and also serves on the Commerce and Labor, Transportation, and Privileges and Election Committees. Delegate Hugo represents Centreville, Clifton, Fairfax, and Fairfax Station in Fairfax County as well as Catharpin, Gainesville, Haymarket, and Manassas in Prince William County.

Delegate Tim Hugo’s Statement on the Retirement of Congressman Frank Wolf

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December 17, 2013 (Fairfax, VA) – Delegate Tim Hugo released the following statement on Congressman Frank Wolf’s retirement:

"I would like to thank Congressman Wolf for his service to the Commonwealth of Virginia and to the entire United States as he has served with distinction, integrity and honor these last 33 years. Congressman Wolf has defined what it is to be a humanitarian and a Christian as he has consistently and boldly stood for human rights and religious freedom both domestically and abroad.

While many will speak of his work for and on behalf of his constituents, and rightfully so, we must not forget his steadfast commitment to leave this world a better place.

President Ronald Reagan, both in his acceptance of the 1984 Republican Party nomination and in his farewell speech to the nation, talked about America as a shining city on the hill. To me, Congressman Wolf has been that "shining city on the hill" for all those seeking freedom from religious persecution and human bondage. When he leaves office; Congress, Virginia, and the nation will miss a giant of a man who sought and will continue to seek to make a difference.

I wish Congressman Wolf the best as he continues his service to others."

As the third ranking member in the Virginia House of Delegates leadership, Delegate Hugo currently serves as the Majority Caucus Chairman for the House Republican Caucus. He is the Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee and also serves on the Commerce and Labor, Transportation, and Privileges and Election Committees. Delegate Hugo represents Centreville, Clifton, Fairfax, and Fairfax Station in Fairfax County as well as Catharpin, Gainesville, Haymarket, and Manassas in Prince William County.

Congratulations to football for winning the Virginia 6A State Championship!

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Night Closures on Rt. 50, Rt. 95, and Rt. 29, Dec. 11-12

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Drivers can expect overnight lane closures on routes 95, 29, and 50 tonight at the following times: from 8:00 PM until 5:30 AM Rt. 50 eastbound will have one lane closed from the ramp to northbound 495 to Fairview Park Drive. Northbound 95 will have two of three lanes closed from Dale City to Cardinal Drive between 10 PM and 5:30 AM. On eastbound 29 there will also be two of four lanes closed from Summit Drive to the Fairfax County Parkway between 10 PM and 5:30 AM. Signs and message boards will be posted, and state troopers will be on duty at the work sites.

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Tuesday, Dec. 10th – Both Fairfax County & Prince William County public schools will be closed:

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Fairfax County and Prince William County public schools closed tomorrow, December 9th:

Tomorrow’s Weather

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Please be aware that winter weather is expected to impact Northern Virginia beginning Sunday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, Northern Virginia can expect snow and sleet Sunday morning that will change to freezing rain Sunday afternoon and last through late Sundaynight/Monday morning before changing to rain. 1-2 inches snow accumulation is possible with a quarter of an inch or more ice accumulation possible.

The following information should help you prepare for the storm.

VDOT

VDOT is fully prepared for this event including placing hired equipment and tree removal contractors on standby. Click (www.virginiadot.org/about/resources/NOVA_snow/Snow…t.pdf) for a description of VDOT’s 2013-2014 snow removal program. Of particular interest is VDOT’s weather management tool (www.vdotplows.org) that allows you to check the snow plowing status of your neighborhood. VDOT also suggests the following:

· Get where you need to be before the weather gets bad. If possible, delay travel on Sunday to allow VDOT crews to clear the roads. Most accidents happen within the first two hours after a storm begins. If you must drive, wear a seatbelt.
· Monitor media outlets for notices of closures of government offices or private operations to avoid unnecessary travel.
· Make sure you have essential supplies on hand: at least three days of food that does not require refrigeration or electricity to prepare; at least three days of water (one gallon per person per day); a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio to get information from local media; a family emergency plan.
· Visit www.ReadyVirginia.gov for additional information and download the new Ready Virginia app for iPhones and Android devices.
· Charge all mobile communication devices now.
· If you lose power, call your power company to report it.
· Do not operate generators indoors. Follow manufacturer’s directions exactly.
· Only call 911 for life-threatening emergencies.
· Please bring in all pets from outside during the storm.

Other Resources

Coincidentally, December 1-7, 2013 has been set aside as Winter Preparedness Week. Click here for additional information as to how you can prepare for any upcoming storms.

Emergencies, Reporting Outages & Traffic Issues

Emergency contact information for reporting utility outages and traffic problems, as well as general information is as follows:

Dominion Virginia Power – dom.mediaroom.com/2013-12-07-Dominion-Virginia-Pow…Storm

NOVEC – www.novec.com/About_NOVEC/News_Release/nr120613.cf…3.cfm

Washington Gas – www.washingtongas.com/pages/WinterEssentials

To check road conditions, you can call 511, go towww.511virginia.org or download the mobile app at the 511 web site.

Non-emergency numbers are:

Fairfax County:
703-691-2131

Prince William County:
703-792-6500

If you have any need for assistance and/or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (703) 815-1201 or email me at: DelTHugo@house.virginia.gov

Please take the time to prepare and stay safe.

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