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Implementing Health Reform, Protecting Access, Ensuring Affordability

The Commonwealth Institute analyzes the health care policies of the Commonwealth with a particular interest in how those policies impact the health security of low and moderate income people. Reports and analyses from the current year are posted below, including a growing body of research on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Virginia. Work from prior years can be found in the Archive or by using the Topics at right.

Budget Shortfall Sept 2014 November 10, 2014

Budget Savings in Expansion States Can Happen in Virginia
Nationwide, 27 states and Washington, D.C., have freed up precious resources for critical needs like education by closing their health coverage gaps and saving money on medical care. The same could be true for Virginia, to the tune of $161 million.
This new report looks at how four states – Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, and New Mexico – are seeing actual savings of millions of dollars in their state budgets as a result of closing the coverage gap, the same way Virginia could if state lawmakers dropped their misguided opposition to the move.

Recent Health Care Reports
Budget Savings in Expansion States Can Happen in Virginia
November 10, 2014
A Chartbook for Understanding Virginia's Medicaid Insurance and the Opportunity to Improve It
September 16, 2014
Localities Should Insist on a State Budget That Closes the Coverage Gap
March 31, 2014
Lawmakers Can Ensure Virginia Has Resources to Close Coverage Gap
March 5, 2014
Virginia Has Several Safeguards When it Comes to Extending Health Coverage
February 12, 2014
See all Health Care Reports