Q:107 – Do not deny the needs of your neighbors…..
More than 400,000 Virginians need access to affordable health insurance, but a handful of legislators are standing in their way. Our opposition is well-funded and doing all they can to ensure that Virginia doesn’t expand Medicaid.
We have reason to worry. Just this week The Washington Post reported that Delegate Steve Landes told the Republican House Caucus that Medicaid “is unlikely to be broadened anytime soon.”
Now it’s your turn to tell legislators what the expansion would mean for you, your family or friends.
The Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission (MIRC) will hear public comments about Medicaid expansion on Tuesday, October 15th at 1:00 p.m. in Richmond. Please email us to RSVP for this important event! We’ll send you all the details and sign you up to speak!
The Affordable Care Act has undoubtedly made insurance affordable for many Virginians, but there are some who are simply too poor to obtain coverage on their own. There’s a provision in the law that allows states to expand Medicaid to cover more working class families. It won’t cost Virginia anything for the first three years. After that Virginia will pay just a fraction of the cost to provide critical healthcare to seniors, kids and families across the state.
What’s more, an independent study shows expanding Medicaid would grow Virginia’s economy by $4 billion over the next six years and create 31,000 new jobs, while cutting state spending on healthcare by 7 percent.
You have a say in whether or not Virginia decides to expand Medicaid! If you can’t join us on Tuesday, please click here to leave a comment online.
Enough is enough. Let’s expand Medicaid today!
–Rishi Awatramani, Organizing Director
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