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VRHA's Policy Priorities


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Support Medicaid Expansion!

We are at a critical point in Virginia regarding Medicaid Expansion, and the legislature is divided.  We need EACH OF YOU to contact your members of the General Assembly and demand that they close the coverage gap. 

 
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



 

 

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The Virginia Rural Health Associaiton hosted a series of roundtable discussions on the key topics of:

  • Aging in Place
  • Behavioral Health
  • Care Coordination
  • Maternal Health
  • Oral Health
  • Veterans' Health

The participant discussions focused on defining the issues and identifying potential solutions. From these conversations was born the foundation for a VRHA Policy Agenda. VRHA will be reaching out to members to further develop the potential solutions identified and build them into a solid agenda which can be communicated to our elected officials.

A policy brief of the issue of Veterans' Health has been developed for VRHA by the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Goverance.

Veterans' Health Policy Brief

 


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