Virginia: Tell Gov. McDonnell to Move Forward on Health Care
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Virginia: Tell Gov. McDonnell to Move Forward on Health Care

    1. Sponsored by

      Virginia Consumer Voices for Healthcare

By expanding access to Medicaid, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell could easily give more than 400,000 uninsured Virginians peace of mind knowing that they can have both economic security and health care coverage.

The alternatives for people who can’t afford private health insurance are bleak. Today, many uninsured Virginians wait until they are very sick to get care in emergency rooms and health clinics, reducing the odds for successful treatment. Or, in the case of a serious illness, they can build up insurmountable debt that leaves them in a financially precarious position.  

Despite these bleak alternatives, Governor McDonnell has said he is going to wait until the November 2012 election to move forward with any decision regarding the Medicaid expansion in Virginia.  

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling on health reform through the Affordable Care Act cleared the way for millions of Americans to receive health care coverage. But since Medicaid is an optional program for states, Virginia is not required to expand this valuable program.   

If Virginia chooses not to implement Medicaid expansion, it will turn down tens of billions in federal funding and leave thousands of hard-working, low-income Virginians uncovered. Hospitals that treat large numbers of uninsured patients would lose access to funding offered through the expansion. Insured Virginians will continue to pay for uncompensated care in the form of higher charges for services and increased premiums.  

More than 400,000 Virginians will benefit from the Medicaid expansion.  

Medicaid, like the private health insurance industry, is not perfect. But to ignore the good that it could bring to thousands of working families across Virginia warps reality and brings us no closer to solutions.  

Tell Governor McDonnell, “Expanding Medicaid is the right choice for Virginia.”  

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Tonight! Hear from the experts! Community Conversation on Health Care!

      Tonight, join the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) and Virginia Consumer Voices for Healthcare (VCV) as we present a Community Conversation on Health Care Implementation:

      Tonight, Tuesday November 13, 2012
      7pm

      Temple Beth-El
      3330 Grove Avenue
      Richmond, VA 23221

      Parking is free and available on the street and in the lot located behind Temple Beth-El (off of Grove Avenue and Roseneath Road).

      This discussion will feature a wonderful group of panelists who will each speak to their unique perspective. A theologian, an advocate for low-income Virginians, a representative of providers, and a state agency director will each share views on health care implementation (confirmed panelists are listed online at:
      [ http://www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org/GetInvolved/UpcomingEvents.aspx ]).

      You can also view and share the Facebook event page at: [ https://www.facebook.com/events/428127400570330/ ].

      We look forward to seeing you!

    2. 3,000 supporters! Yes!

      Thank you so much for your support! And thank you for showing Governor McDonnell that it's time to get to work on implementing the Affordable Care Act in Virginia.

      Your voice matters! Continue to sign and share.

      Thank you, again!

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. We're so close!

      Governor Bob McDonnell said he was waiting until after the presidential election to make a decision regarding the implementation of health care reform in Virginia. The results are in: the Affordable Care Act is here to stay and it is time to get to work!

      Sign and share our petition! We're so close to victory!

    5. Let's make it to 3,000+ before the election!

      Governor McDonnell said that he would wait until after the Presidential Election to make a decision on Virginia's health reform fate.

      Let's make a real statement to the Governor and let him know how much Virginians would benefit from these health coverage programs!

      Share our petition with your family and friends! Let's get to more than 3,000 signatures before the election!

    6. Join us in Richmond!

      On Tuesday, November 13 at 7pm, the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) and Virginia Consumer Voices for Healthcare (VCV) are sponsoring a Community Conversation on the Affordable Care Act at Temple Beth-El in Richmond, VA. Presenters will be discussing how implementation of the health care law will affect Virginians.

      The panel will feature Dr. Rev. Angela Duncan, VCU Chaplin; Dr. John Duval, CEO of MCV; Cindi Jones, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services; Jill Hanken, Health Attorney, Virginia Poverty Law Center; Mike Jurgensen, Senior Vice President for Policy, Medical Society of Virginia

      At this event, VCV will also be thanking those who signed our petition, as well as representing the 420,000 who would benefit from Medicaid expansion in Virginia.

      More information is available on the FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/428127400570330/ Please share this information with your networks!

      Thank you for your support!

    7. 2,900 supporters!

      Thank you for helping us reach 2,900 supporters! Help us spread the word! Let's break the 3,000 threshold and show Gov. McDonnell that health care expansion in Virginia is needed!

    8. Reached 2,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Lillian Lucash VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I havn't seen a doctor in 23yrs. I have not been sick. I just turned 50 and I feel good. I can't afford to go to the doctor's

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    • Alisa Btawley ROANOKE, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      All Americans should have access to affordable healthcare. There are too many uninsured people in this country. Stop the playing with the lives and health of Virginians.

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    • eileen davis HENRICO, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a nurse involved in care of the uninsured, I can attest that a crisis in Virginia exists regarding access to affordable healthcare

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    • Bonita Day PORTSMOUTH, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I had to stop working due to neurological difficulties. I was a productive worker who paid taxes but was unable to continue working in healthcare and as a result have been unable to persue healthcare for myself because I have no health insurance and am without a job. I and others like myself could benefit from treatment that could possibly help to put us back to work. Please show compassion to those like myself who have been suffering.

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    • Patricia Reynolds NORFOLK, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a worker in a federally qualified healthcare center I have seen first hand how important affordable health care is in our state and our nation.

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