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- It’s time to expand Medicaid, Virginia! Contact your delegate to the Virginia General Assembly (or your recently elected delegate who will begin work in January) and tell them to expand Medicaid in 2018. Write letters to the editor of your local paper explaining how expanding Medicaid would be good for Virginia’s health care and budget. Local elected officials can also be urged to draft a statement for the General Assembly that explains why it would benefit their constituents to expand Medicaid.
- Want to talk with friends and family about Medicaid expansion over the holidays? Here are some suggestions for how to do it from our Health Care Reform Committee:
Sometimes, when political subjects come up during Thanksgiving celebrations, they can be uncomfortable and divisive. Friends and family may have very different ideas about how we can solve our problems. We all want to have a happy holiday with people we love, and yet we also want to stand up for what we believe.
It helps to listen to what people feel about the issue, what they want, and what they fear. It may be we have more in common than we realize. It helps to find values we share, and goals we can agree on, and then discuss how to achieve them.
This year in Virginia most of us can agree that our health care costs are way too high! Meanwhile, our taxes may be going up, if federal medical deductions and deductions for state taxes are removed from tax law.
So it’s a good time to talk about Medicaid expansion. Even if we would not be eligible for Medicaid ourselves, expanding Medicaid will benefit us.
Reasons for Medicaid Expansion:
- The refusal of our state lawmakers to expand Medicaid means our hospitals still do not receive payment for the care they give people who cannot afford to pay. Hospitals pass those costs to insurance companies who pass them to their clients.
- Emergency Room care is more expensive and less beneficial than primary care, but people who do not have primary care coverage are forced to rely on the Emergency Room to survive.
- Medicaid expansion will create about 30,000 jobs. That’s a lot of people working, paying taxes, and spending money in the Commonwealth!
- Medicaid is the most efficient health care plan in the nation in terms of costs. In Virginia, our fraud, waste, and abuse are so low that other states are looking to us for our model.
- The people who would be eligible for Medicaid, if expanded, are mostly working full-time trying to provide for their families. Medicaid expansion makes it possible for people with serious illnesses to get treatment early and stay healthy.
So don’t be shy about mentioning Medicaid expansion if you’re sharing a Thanksgiving feast with friends and family. It’s in their best interest to show them how much we all would benefit from this change.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday!
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