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Virginia Medicaid Expansion- Closing the Coverage Gap

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  1. Medicaid expansion would provide health coverage to more than 10,000 people in Senator Obenshain’s District. It would help 4,000 individuals in Delegate Gilbert’s district alone. These are people who either do not have coverage or have inadequate coverage.
  2. Medicaid Expansion gives Virginia access to federal funds already available. We’ve already paid this in our taxes, but we are getting no benefit. Last year, Virginia would have received $91 million in additional federal funding had expansion been in effect. Over the next 9 years Virginia would save $1.64 billion by expanding Medicaid.
  3. Medicaid Expansion would also help control the cost of premiums for those who already have insurance. They would no longer be paying for the emergency room treatment and medical assistance for Medicaid eligible Virginians who either have no insurance or have inadequate health coverage.
  4. Virginia should join the 32 states who have already expanded Medicaid, states where there are both Republican and Democratic Governors. It is not and should not be a partisan issue.
  5. We, the undersigned, call on Senator Mark Obenshain and Delegates Todd Gilbert, Chris Collins and Michael Webert to support Medicaid Expansion in Virginia.

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