Healthcare & Childcare

Yesterday, the House backed a budget proposal, which would extend Medicaid coverage to residents who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. This plan extends coverage to an estimated additional 300,000 people. Few expected this change in position among House Republicans, and it's truly a step in the right direction. 

So, what's the problem? We can't start celebrating, yet, because the Senate's budget proposal is all about cutting spending. Unsurprisingly, the Senate`s plan does not appropriate the necessary money for Medicaid expansion. 

Call to Action: Call or email your Senator and voice your support for the House budget proposal and for expanding Medicaid benefits. 

Talking Points:

  1. In Virginia, 240,000 low-income people are stuck in this health care `coverage gap.`
  2. Expanding Medicaid would also help in the fight against the opioid epidemic by providing mental illness and substance abuse services.
  3. Providing healthcare to the poor lowers costs for everyone and ensures a healthier and happier population!