(Virginia) The 2006 Session Adjourns with No Final Budget but Little Damage to the Assisted Living Industry

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Although the 2006 General Assembly Session avoided the major policy debates we dealt with in the 2005 Session, Virginia Assisted Living Association (VALA) faced a number of troublesome measures this year as the legislators disposed of more than two thousand introduced bills and resolutions. With the backdrop of the major statutory changes enacted in the 2005 Session, legislators came to Richmond this year with a “wait and see” attitude concerning assisted living, basically giving regulators time to put in place the “nuts and bolts” of how ALF administrators will be licensed, how medication aides will be registered, and how the new Department of Social Services regulations will be implemented.

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