This is the amount of money that Virginia has lost since January 1, 2014 because our state legislators have failed to implement Medicaid expansion.
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Medicaid is a health insurance program that helps people who might not be able to afford healthcare coverage for themselves and their children. The Affordable Care Act allows states to expand their medicaid programs to cover individuals earning around $15,400/year and families (of four) earning around $32,000/year.
When the Affordable Care Act was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012, they did not require states to expand their Medicaid programs to cover low income residents.Despite debate during the 2013 and 2014 General Assembly sessions, Virginia has not yet expanded Medicaid. Governor McAuliffe has expressed support for Medicaid expansion and "closing the coverage gap" on numerous occasions and remains committed to the cause.
Don’t let your legislators make a decision without hearing your voice.
Expanding Medicaid is the right thing for Virginia.
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