Marketplace Virginia Passed the Senate yesterday with bi-partisan support!
Not only does expanding Medicaid (Marketplace Virginia) help thousands of low-income individuals, it is also a wise investment in the physical and economic health of Virginia’s families and our state’s future. Marketplace Virginia, which passed the Senate yesterday will cover individuals not currently eligible for Medicaid whose incomes are up to 138% of the poverty line. Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government will cover 100 percent of the costs to expand coverage through 2016, after that Virginia will pay no more than 10%. The state’s economy would enjoy $23 billion over the next 10 years, and approximately 30,000 jobs would be created. Currently, many families and individuals without health insurance are forced to rely on emergency rooms, which are the most expensive treatment centers; you and I pay for this care through higher premiums. Now is the time to move forward. I spoke in favor of Marketplace Virginia on the floor of the Senate and will work with the hospitals, business leaders and other to persuade House Republicans to do the right thing. Thanks for your support in this effort.