December 14, 2012
About 160,000 working Virginians who do not have health insurance would get coverage under an expansion of Medicaid in the state. Expanding Medicaid will not only cover these workers but will boost the economy. And the biggest gains in health coverage are in the biggest sectors of Virginia’s economy.
Workers in five of the state’s six largest employment sectors have the most to gain, including:
- Tourism: 31,900
- Retail Trade: 24,500
- Educational, Health, and Social Services: 24,300
- Construction: 18,500
- Professional, Scientific, Management, Administrative, and Waste Management Services: 18,000.
Roughly 74 percent of uninsured low-income working adults newly eligible for coverage – about 117,500 work in those five industries, according to the report.
The report also includes breakdowns by profession and occupation.
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Figure 1: Medicaid Expansion Covers Workers in Key Job Sectors (jpg)
Figure 2: Medicaid Expansion Covers Workers in Key Occupations (jpg)
Figure 3: Virginia’s Five Largest Sectors Stand to Benefit from Medicaid Expansion (jpg)