Priceless Vol 12 Number 9

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Personal and Professional Empowerment

Serving Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach since 2006 NSU's

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Governor Signs 2018–2020 Biennial Budget

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Free June 2018

Remembering Karla Grase: A Life Well Lived

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Virginia Expands Health Care to 400,000 Residents

Ralph signed

RICHMOND—Governor Northam

two bills that of Fiscal

recently fund

state government for the remainder


2018 and all of Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020. The budget Governor

Northam signed

increases health care access for up to 400,000 Virginians by expanding Medicaid and makes significant investments in core economic priorities like education, workforce training, mental

health services, employees, and

pay raises for teachers as well as state local

and state-supported including

law enforcement professionals. Governor

Northam signed

the two budget bills without amendment or veto.

“Today is a great day

for Virginia,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “The budget bills I am signing today will make life

better for people

in every corner of our great Commonwealth by investing in the fundamentals of a healthy economy like education, workforce development, public safety, and better pay for men

and women who devote their lives to serving the public.”


Governor Northam the

voted for a budget that expands Medicaid


legislators to


400,000 Virginians who need it, as well as the activists, advocates and Virginia residents who fought for expanded health coverage for many years.

“As a doctor and a public

servant, I believe making sure all Virginians have the access to the care they need to be healthy and productive is both a moral and

economic This budget will

imperative. empower

nearly 400,000 Virginians with access to health insurance by expanding Medicaid,


crowding out other general fund spending priorities.”

“We showed Virginians and the world that


and partisan warfare may dominate Washington, but here in Richmond we still work together to do the right thing for our people, not our political party. We can get a lot done if we continue to work together in BIENNIAL BUDGET PAGE 4

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Glen Allen, VA — The Virginia Bankers Association (VBA) has highlighted six smart financial decisions college graduates should consider in order to position themselves for financial success as they embark on their next phase of life. In 2017, more than 70 percent of college


owing more than $37,000 in student loans. Considering

the additional

began their living


they’ll soon face, new college graduates would be wise to focus on their financial future right now, says the VBA.

“The habits new graduates develop right careers

now will have a big effect on their financial future,” said Bruce Whitehurst, president and CEO of the VBA. “Living expenses add up quickly once you’re out on your own, and many young adults who didn’t plan ahead are delaying major milestones like getting married or buying a home because of their financial situation. The good news is that you can have a bright financial future if you think strategically about money right out of GRADUATE TIPS PAGE 14

who Photo courtesy of Celebrate Healthcare


D.C.—Recently, the

Virginia General Assembly voted to expand health coverage to nearly 400,000 of the Commonwealth’s residents, joining 33 other states, including the District of Columbia, that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Following is the statement of Frederick Isasi, executive director of Families USA:

“This is a historic day for Virginia and our nation, especially for those hard-working

Virginia families who have suffered too many sleepless nights worrying about how to pay for their health care costs and other daily necessities without health insurance. By expanding Medicaid, the General Assembly is helping as many as 400,000 Virginians to be able to see a doctor, stay healthy, and, when faced with a serious illness, get life-saving care.

“Virginia has shown the country that expanding Medicaid can and should have


Six Smart Money Moves for New College Graduates

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