You can still invite your congregation’s leader to sign our religious leaders’ sign-on statement: CLICK HERE. If you’re not sure if you have already signed the letter, check the alphabetical list of names here:
VICPP has long had a focus on ensuring that all Virginians have access to high-quality, affordable healthcare. While the Affordable Care Act gets banged around in Congress, we will continue to press for expanding Medicaid to reach the greatest number of people who fall into the health coverage gap in Virginia. There remain approximately 400,000 Virginians that would benefit from making Medicaid more available and federal funds are already set aside. Most of the people that are left in the coverage gap have jobs and simply earn too much to benefit from the current Medicaid program, while earning too little to be able to afford healthcare insurance.
The working poor of Virginia would greatly benefit if we expand the Medicaid program to close this gap. Our current system is straining to care for uninsured individuals and families. The Virginia Hospital & Health Care Association, the Medical Society of Virginia, and most every other interested group including labor organizations and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce all agree that we need to expand Medicaid. Fortunately, success on this issue has never seemed closer. What needs to happen is that the state budget must include the language to draw down the federal dollars available to expand Medicaid coverage qualifications to a wider audience. Hopefully the new two-year state budget for 2019-2020 will include that language.
As the ACA remains the law of the land, VICPP will also continue to educate people about enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace during the open enrollment periods.