Press Releases

Joint Statement by Sens. Warner & Kaine on SCC Finding on Transitional Health Coverage

On the SCC’s finding on continuation of existing health policies

Nov 21 2013

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) released this statement following the announcement by the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance approving renewal of existing health insurance plans in the individual and small business markets, allowing policyholders to continue existing coverage through the end of 2014.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine today applauded the confirmation of Marilyn Tavenner of Virginia as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by a vote of 91 to 7. Tavenner is the first Senate-confirmed CMS Administrator since 2006. CMS oversees Medicare and Medicaid and is charged with health care services for millions of Americans.

Sens. Webb & Warner announce $5M grant to train healthcare workers in SE Virginia

~ Targets health jobs currently being filled by foreign H-1B visa holders ~

Oct 04 2011

Senators Warner and Jim Webb today announced the award of a $5 million federal grant to a public-private partnership of colleges, universities and hospitals in Hampton Roads and on the Peninsula to provide education, training and job placement assistance in the healthcare field.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate has unanimously endorsed legislation by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) to create a nonprofit, charitable foundation to raise private funds to support the work of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. This new public-private partnership will allow the President’s Council to leverage private contributions to expand its focus on exercise and wellness, especially among young people, at no cost to taxpayers.

Webb, Warner and Boucher announce $1.2 million investment

In nursing, technological education in Southwest Virginia

Jul 30 2010

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner today announced that a network of three community colleges will share a $1.2 million federal grant to provide nursing education in new technologies to nursing students in Southwest Virginia. Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) in Abingdon is leading the consortium, called the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP), which also includes Southwest Virginia Community College (SVCC) and Mountain Empire Community College (MECC). The grant money will be used to strengthen the education and preparation of the nursing workforce in Southwest Virginia leading to higher quality care for the medically underserved population of the rural Appalachia.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner today announced that a network of community colleges, workforce investment boards and health care providers in 29 western Virginia localities will share a $4.7 million federal grant to provide job training in health care information technology. Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon is leading this regional effort, called the Western Virginia Health Information Technology Education (HITE) Initiative. The program will create and or expand regional training programs to provide Virginians with skills and the required credentials to be able to work in the health care industry’s transition to electronic medical records.

Warner, Webb announce $24M for Va. Health IT Projects

~ Grants will assist Va. health providers switch to electronic records, exchange health information ~

Feb 12 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb today announced $24 million in federal stimulus funding for two projects that will “jump-start” Virginia’s transition to expanded use of healthcare information technology (HIT) and electronic health records (EHR). These grants will help Virginia medical professionals as they work to implement and use HIT to lower consumer health care costs, minimize redundant paperwork and reduce medical errors.

Eleven Freshman Senators Announce Health Amendments to Expand Innovation, Lower Cost

~ Package cuts red tape, speeds shift to value-over-volume ~

Dec 08 2009

WASHINGTON -- A group of eleven freshman U.S. Senators today introduced a package of amendments that will broaden and accelerate efforts to encourage innovation and lower costs for consumers across the U.S. health care system. The amendments have been endorsed by many of the nation’s leading business, consumer and health provider organizations.

Nine Freshman Senators Urge Continued Focus on Health Care Cost Containment

~ Letter to Sen. Baucus Urges Hard Decisions and Incentives to “bend the cost curve” ~

Jul 23 2009

WASHINGTON – Nine freshman U.S. Senators today co-signed a letter to Senate Finance Chairman Sen. Max Baucus urging continued work toward bipartisan health care reform legislation and expressing concern that there has been too little focus on containing health care costs.

Webb, Warner Announce $13.5 Million Investment in Virginia’s Community Health Facilities

Stimulus Funds for Heath Center Maintenance, New Equipment Acquisition

Jul 01 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released more than $13.5 million in grants for twenty-four community health centers in Virginia to maintain facilities and to improve services as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Warner Introduces Legislation Enhancing Senior Health Care Choices

~ More resources, options to allow more informed choices by patients, families ~

Jun 15 2009

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (VA) has introduced health reform legislation that will strengthen the quality and availability of counseling, support services and care management for patients and families coping with life-limiting illnesses. The Warner legislation addresses inadequate access to often unorganized care planning services that can result in unnecessary tests, treatments and hospitalizations – medical services that more informed individuals might not otherwise choose.