13 hours ago

Kirk Cox

Keeping the Right Records, Keeping Virginians Safe
If someone in Virginia has committed a serious crime, it should show up in their criminal record.

But with any system as complex as Virginia’s system of courts and law enforcement, sometimes things slip through the cracks. While understandable, it’s not acceptable.

That’s why I was proud to support legislation from Del. Rob Bell this session that requires the various Clerks of Court in Virginia to go through their records and ensure that any criminal record information that hasn’t been applied to the Virginia Central Criminal Records Exchange is included, and the files are updated.

Ensuring that Virginia’s criminal records are accurate and include all the legally-required information isn’t just a matter of good governance; various agencies depend on it. Local governments, the Virginia State Police, and other departments rely on this data for background checks for everything from employment decisions -- can someone be trusted to work with young children -- to firearm purchases.

Keeping these records correct is critical to keeping Virginians safe. Thanks to this bill, the odds of dangerous people falling through the cracks to purchase firearms or work in sensitive occupations will be greatly reduced.
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1 day ago

Kirk Cox

Managing a chronic illness is difficult enough on its own without adding paperwork and expense to the equation. For Virginians dealing with illness like high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, or depression, a regular trip to the pharmacy counter is many times a life-saving endeavor.

It’s no surprise then that a number of Virginians look for every way they can to save money on these drugs, including coupons or prescription discount programs. But until now, only the money paid out of pocket toward these drugs was counted toward health insurance deductible costs. For example, someone who used a $30 discount toward a $50 co-pay would see only $20 counted toward their health insurance deductible.

When Del. Tim Hugo heard about this from his constituents, he brought the issue to his Republican colleagues and, working together, they took action. Delegate Hugo’s legislation clarifies that it doesn’t matter who’s pocket funds the co-pay. Any money paid forward to cover the cost, regardless of where it comes from, is counted toward the patient’s deductibles.
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