Warner introduces advance care planning act

Senator Mark Warner introduced the bipartisan Improving Access to Advance Care Planning Act with Senator Susan Collins.

The goal is to expand access to critical advance care planning services in Medicare which will allow people with serious illnesses to plan for their care and have their choices honored.

The act will allow social workers to provide ACP services, remove beneficiary cost-sharing, increase provider education on ACP codes, and improve reporting of barriers to ACP services.

Senator Warner first introduced legislation to improve planning options for patients in 2015.

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Warner introduces community development bill

emergency funding for homeless

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the Scaling Community Leaders Act of 2022.

The bipartisan legislation was also introduced by Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and aims to help Community Development Financial Institutions unlock more sources of liquidity and support for their activities.

This would also allow more lending in low and moderate income communities.

CDFIs were used heavily during the pandemic through the Paycheck Protection Program.

CDFIs will need more long term patient capital, operating capital and other resources to help modernize their systems.

The new legislation aims to authorize new resources to fund the dormant Section 113 of the Riegle Act of 1994 which allows CDFIs to fund more projects selected on a competitive basis.

To read the full text of the bill, click here

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Va Senators shine light on food insecurity

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined 30 of their colleagues in a letter urging Congress to fight food insecurity.

The main focus was on child nutrition waivers.

The waivers are set to expire on June 30th and were originally part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

They also urged for an expansion of community eligibility and the creation of a summer EBT program.

Food insecurity is heightened during the summer for children when they lose access to school meals.

The letter was also endorsed by numerous child care and health organizations like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, the American Heart Association, and Feeding America.

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Senator Warner urges action over automobile fatalities

Senator Mark Warner joined Senator Ed Markey and other Senate colleagues to urge Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to take action regarding the rising rates of motor vehicle fatalities.

The United States had the highest increase in traffic accidents since 2020.

Nearly half of fatal crashes are linked to speeding, impaired driving, or failure to wear a seat belt.

34% of fatalities are to pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 42,915 deaths from motor vehicle crashes in 2021.

Those numbers are up 10% since 2020 and 32% since 2011.

To read the letter sent to Secretary Buttigieg, click here.

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Warner & Kaine Announce $2.6 Million in Federal Funding for Crisis Hotline Response

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $2,642,519 in federal funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the Virginia State Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). This funding will go towards improving call and text response rates at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

 

“In the last two years of the pandemic, we have seen an increased demand for mental health services,” the senators said. “We are pleased that this funding will allow the Commonwealth to provide more timely assistance to those who are in crisis and in need of help.”

Currently in Virginia, the DBHDS has an in-state answer rate of 83 percent. The goal of this funding is to increase answer rates at call centers to 90 percent by the end of the grant period. In addition, SAMSHA has a stated goal of answering 90 percent of calls within 15 seconds and 95 percent of calls within 20 seconds by the end of the grant period.

 

This funding comes ahead of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s July transition from the current 10-digit number to a three-digit, 988, dialing code. With the switch, SAMHSA is expecting an increase in calls. 

  

In February of last year, Sens. Warner and Kaine announced funding for the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority to help expand access to and improve the quality of mental health and substance use disorder programs.

 

This funding was provided through the American Rescue Plan which was supported by both Sens. Warner and Kaine.

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Mark Warner tours Virginia starting in Winchester

An email from Senator Mark Warner’s office announced a four day tour of Virginia starting today Apr. 11.

The Senator will be in attendance for the dedication of the new Winchester office of Opportunity Scholars at 4:30 this afternoon Apr. 11.

Opportunity Scholars at 918 South Braddock Street Winchester creates education and training pathways for middle and low income students that lead to high wage, high demand careers while building a pipeline of professional, career and technology workers that stimulates the  local economies.

Tomorrow Apr. 12 the Senator will be at Frederick Water at 315 Tasker Road to deliver $3.6 million in Federal Funds to support the sanitation authority’s development of a well treatment plant project.

The project will provide an independent water source that improves water reliability and capacity to the communities that otherwise rely  on a single pipeline with no backup.

The Senator will tour a Farmer Focus Organic Chicken facility in Harrisonburg at 11:30 on Tuesday Apr. 12 as well.

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Sen. Warner’s remarks on Ukraine Russia

An email from Virginia Senator Mark Warner relays his statement on Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine.

Senator Warner, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, calls the actions of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine’s territory a tragedy.

The senator went on to say in the email the actions bring decades of peace to an end.

Warner is calling for a united front from all sides of the aisle and Atlantic to demonstrate that the aggression will not go unpunished.

The senator went on to say we must bolster the defense of our NATO allies while exploring ways to help the Ukrainian people.

Warner went on to say that Russia will pay a steep cost for Putin’s reckless ambition in blood and economic harm.

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