Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Former Lieutenant Governor John H. Hager

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of former Lieutenant Governor John H. Hager.

“John Hager devoted his life to public service, and I admired his love for our country and for Virginia. 

“He served in the Army and worked as a businessman, but he will be remembered as a volunteer, an athlete, an author, and a patriot. 

“I first met John after running for public office, and he helped me learn the job of being Lieutenant Governor. Anyone who worked in Virginia politics quickly learned that John was everywhere, and no one outworked him. He earned victory and knew defeat, and he kept going. John held fast to his principles, and he knew when to reach across the aisle to compromise. Our country misses his example. 

“Most of all, John was a family man. Pam and I send our thoughts and prayers to Maggie, Jack, Henry, and the entire Hager family. 

“I have ordered Virginia state flags to be flown at half-staff for ten days in John’s honor.”

Governor’s Flag Order for the Commonwealth of Virginia

This is to order that the flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia is to be flown at half-staff over the state Capitol and all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in respect and memory of former Lieutenant Governor John H. Hager.

I hereby order that the flag shall be lowered until sunset, September 2, 2020.

Ordered on this, the 23rd day of August, 2020.


~ On the passing of John Hager ~

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the following statement on the passing of John Hager, former Lieutenant Governor of Virginia:

“I’ve known John Hager for more than 30 years and I can attest that John epitomized the very definition of a true public servant. We worked together on the Virginia Health Care Foundation to ensure all Virginians had access to health care. And during my time as Governor, I was proud of the work he did on my Cabinet, serving as the Director of Homeland Security. John was a great Virginian, who, despite the remarkable obstacles he faced in his personal life, was able to persevere and give back to his community. John was a great friend to me and the Commonwealth he served.

“I want to offer my sincerest condolences to Maggie, the boys, and the entire Hager family on their loss. I will miss him greatly.”

Calvin Turner Draper

March 4, 1925-August 20, 2020

Calvin Turner Draper, 95, died August 20, 2020, at his home surrounded by family.

Mr. Draper was a native of Northampton County. He was born, March 4, 1925, to the late Elizabeth Beale Draper and Carlton Wingate Draper.

Mr. Draper served a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He also joined and retired from the U.S. Army Reserves when he reached the rank of Major.

He retired from the Jackson Fire Department where he served as Chief for many years as well as a NC state fire instructor. He was appointed and served as Postmaster in Jackson, where he served for thirty-five years.

He was a member of Creeksville Baptist Church where he served as deacon, choir member and Sunday School teacher.

He was predeceased by three sisters, Blanche Galloway, Margaret Conner, Geraldine Draper, a brother John Draper, son, Douglas Draper, and beloved fur companion, Sandy.

Survivors include his wife Judy Draper, son, Calvin Draper (Betsy), two daughters, Brenda Byrum (Joe), Donna Newsome (Glenn). Two stepsons, David Strickland (Becky), Kent Wiggins (Charlene), a stepdaughter, Trudy Hatcher (Donald).  He was blessed with ten grandchildren, Chris Glover (Barbara), Brian Glover (Denna), Sheila Glover, Lisa Glover, Mike Barnes (Kari), Steve Barnes, Crystal Davis (Jason), Emily Ligon (Brian), Kelli Wyatt (Lance), and Allison Draper. He also had five step-grandchildren, Christina Hebert (Ashley), Lindsay Johnson (Rich), Brittany Strickland (Caleb), Shannon Wiggins, and Matthew Wiggins.

He was also survived by sixteen great grandchildren, Christie Glover (Payton), Will Glover (Caroline), Logan Glover, Madison Glover, Savannah Beltrami, Lucas Barnes, Karlie Barnes, Conner Barnes, Deborah Barnes, Alec Barnes, Chelsea Barnes, Cheyenne Davis, Jaxon Davis, Matthew Ligon, Charles Maxwell Ligon, Sydney Wyatt and one great-great grandchild, Carlie Doyle and four step-great grandchildren, Philip Johnson, Phoebe Johnson, Lane Christo, and Everett Hebert. Mr. Draper also had a special caretaker, Phyllis Bracy.

Rev. Andy Sloan and Pastor Matt Ledbetter will conduct a graveside service Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm in Creeksville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions you are requested to share a memory and sign the online register at www.askewfs.com. Social distancing is also requested at the graveside.

Virginia Receives Approval to Expand Access to Health Care through State-Based Exchange

Federal approval puts Commonwealth on path to full state exchange by 2023

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has been approved to proceed with a state-based health insurance exchange. Approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allows Virginia to take over some functions of its current federal exchange beginning with open enrollment this November, and puts the Commonwealth on a path to full control by 2023.

“This approval could not come at a more critical time as we continue to battle COVID-19,” said Governor Northam. “The Trump administration is doing everything possible to gut the Affordable Care Act and kick families off their health insurance, and a state-based exchange will give Virginia the autonomy we need to expand access to care and reduce premiums. As governor and as a physician, I will never stop fighting for affordable, high-quality health care.”

By establishing the Virginia Exchange, the Commonwealth can implement policies to better address costs. The state will be able to work directly with insurance companies to meet the health coverage needs of all Virginians purchasing coverage, including small employers. Virginia will also be able to provide more targeted outreach and enrollment services and extend the time Virginians have to enroll in coverage, if needed. These strategies will expand access to health care and help increase overall affordability.

Increasing access to health care has been a top priority of the Northam administration. More than 452,000 Virginians have enrolled in new health care coverage since 2018, when Governor Northam successfully fought to expand Medicaid in Virginia. The expansion of Medicaid has proven a critical lifeline for Virginians during this health pandemic, with more than 125,603 Virginians, including 41,272 children, enrolled in Medicaid since the COVID-19 state of emergency was declared in Virginia on March 12 of this year.

The letter from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is available here.

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