Tell your Va. state lawmakers: Expand Medicaid Now
“While this session has been marked by real progress on challenges that Virginians are facing, the fact remains that our most pressing business will remain unfinished until the General Assembly passes a budget that reflects the priorities of the people who sent us to Richmond.” -- Gov. Ralph Northam
Once again, the House has included Medicaid expansion in their budget proposal, along with its savings and additional investment in areas such as K-12 education.
The Senate has not yet produced a proposal. There is indication that some in the Senate may be willing to support Medicaid expansion, but Senate leaders remain in opposition. As a result, the health care coverage of hundreds of thousands of Virginians who desperately need it remains out of reach. For now.
They must hear from you. Lawmakers should hear from us when they do the right thing. And they must be held accountable to truly represent their constituents and do what is best for the commonwealth -- expanding Medicaid, providing people with the opportunity to protect their health and gain a degree of economic security that comes from being able to afford quality health care.
Virginia must delay no longer. Lawmakers in every district across the state have the opportunity right now to help their constituents, their neighbors, who lack health insurance. The cost of doing so will be paid by the federal government, saving Virginia nearly $400 million dollars in the budget. And the House proposal takes additional precautions in the event that federal funding changes.
Please call or write your lawmakers today. Ask them to please think of their constituents and to follow the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee and get this done for the greater good of the Commonwealth. Ask them to expand healthcare coverage. The time is now!