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Action Alert!

We are at a critical point - we need EACH OF YOU to contact your members of the General Assembly and demand that they close the coverage gap!

Did you know:

  • Virginia’s free clinics had to turn away more than 10,000 potential patients last year due to limited resources.  One even has a bi-weekly lottery for available appointments.
  • Virginia’s community health centers averaged 39% uninsured patients last year – far more than the 25% maximum recommended for financial viability.
  • Rural hospitals in the Shenandoah Valley and far Southwest Virginia have had to lay off employees in order to reduce costs and keep their doors open.
  • Lee Regional Medical Center was not able to make due with just staff cuts.  On October 1st, it closed.  Will other rural hospitals be next?

Our safety net providers are being stretched to an unsustainable limit. Meanwhile, Virginia is sending five million of your tax dollars a day, every single day, to states that have agreed to take advantage of federal funding to cover their residents living below or very close to the poverty level. 

It goes to Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.

Many of those who would be covered are rural Virginians. Extending Medicaid means over 120,000 who currently do not have any form of insurance would have access to the medical care they need.

Virginia stands to gain quite a bit economically from approving this extension: Over a ten year period, Virginia would receive over $20 billion in federal funding while spending under $150 million in state funds.

Additionally, Chmura estimates that from 2014 to 2019, the Medicaid expansion will inject an average of $1.9 billion into Virginia’s healthcare industry. This figure, of course, will increase over time due to both population growth and escalating healthcare costs. In 2014, the total new healthcare spending is estimated to be $0.8 billion, increasing to $2.6 billion in 2019
 
Protect the health safety net! Contact your members of the General Assembly today and tell them to take action immediately to use available federal funds to close the coverage gap.  All Virginia lawmakers have uninsured citizens in their district.

Not sure who your GA members are? Look them up here.

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