Support Medicaid Expansion in Virginia
Under the Affordable Care Act, states may expand Medicaid eligibility up to 400% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Unless expanded, some low-income individuals will fall in to the “Medicaid Gap”, where they make too much money to quality for Medicaid but not enough to qualify to buy coverage on the health insurance exchange with subsidies. Expanding Medicaid in Virginia will require either approval by the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission (MIRC) or inclusion in the state budget by Governor McAuliffe.
If Virginia fails to expand Medicaid, 112,642 women of reproductive age will fall into the coverage gap-–meaning they will not qualify for Medicaid or tax credits in the Exchange, leaving them with no options for affordable health coverage.
Virginia is the 7th worst worst state in the country for a low-income individual needing Medicaid health insurance.
Medicaid expansion will save lives and ensure that Virginians have access to critical preventative care such as birth control and cancer screenings. Expanding Medicaid will also provide financial security to families who might otherwise incur substantial medical debt, keeping them as a vital part of the economy.
Expanding Medicaid not only makes economic sense – but it is a great deal for Virginia. Expanding Medicaid will add up to $2 billion/year of federal tax dollars to Virginia’s healthcare sector, create 30,000 new jobs, and spur economic development generating new state tax revenues. Medicaid expansion will save our Commonwealth money and support a healthier, more competitive work force.
Tell your legislators to pass legislation to expand Medicaid, accept federal funding, and provide affordable, quality health coverage to nearly 400,000 uninsured Virginians.