Uninsured Virginians are in every district across the commonwealth
Virginia lawmakers should provide needed health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of Virginians who live and work in the communities they represent by expanding access to health care through Medicaid. This issue brief provides estimates of the number of low-income, uninsured Virginians who reside in the localities associated with each Virginia House and Senate district.
Virginia Has Several Safeguards When it Comes to Extending Health Coverage
Virginia has little to fear – and much to gain – by accepting federal money to provide health coverage to as many as 400,000 residents without insurance, given the safeguards state lawmakers have already built in and historically stable federal health care funding for states.
Lawmakers Can Ensure Virginia Has Resources to Close Coverage Gap
A trust fund established to hold and invest the state budget savings from closing the coverage gap could cover the costs of expansion for years to come – until 2050 under conservative scenarios and even longer under scenarios that mirror how the state currently manages its existing trust funds.
One of the leading contributors to Virginia’s economic health is the state’s workforce. Maintaining it with up-to-date skills, education, and training is among the most critical investments we can make as a state and as a nation.
To that end, the Commonwealth of Virginia operates a broad workforce development system – jointly funded by federal, state and local resources – that offers a wide variety of services and programs for youth, adults, senior citizens, unemployed workers, low-income workers, people with disabilities, veterans, and people who are currently or were recently incarcerated.