Last year, Virginia became the latest state to expand Medicaid insurance access. Now, six months into the enrollment period, we're starting to see data come in -- and the news is great for our area.
How great? According to a recent study, 280,000 people have signed up across Virginia, including 10,709 from our area. Here's how that breaks down:
2,397 people in Campbell County
3,771 people in Lynchburg City
2,445 people in Bedford County
2,096 people in Franklin County
That's 10,709 people who can now see a doctor when they are sick, without waiting for it to become an urgent situation requiring a trip to the emergency room.
And because the federal government pays virtually all of the costs of expanding Medicaid, Virginia is now benefiting from a $1.1 Billion injection of federal dollars into our economy.
Add that to the $510 million in expected GDP growth and 3,600 new jobs as a result of better access to healthcare, and we have a win-win situation that's great for the entire Commonwealth.
My opponent (and our current delegate) was vocally against expanding Medicaid, going so far as to predict: "This is a turning point for Virginia."
I hope so.
In this election, we have the opportunity to make Medicaid expansion the first step in a much larger healthcare reckoning: one that includes a comprehensive approach to the opioid crisis, bolstering gaps in our mental healthcare workforce, and addressing rural healthcare access disparities.
My opponent has taken $206,272 from healthcare companies and their executives, and another $62,100 from insurance companies. It's clear where her priorities are.
It's also clear that only one of us is going to fight for affordable access to healthcare that meets the needs in our community.
Please consider supporting our campaign with a contribution of $10, $20, $50or $100.
If you have already donated to this campaign, thank you! We do a little dance every time a new contribution arrives. That said, would you consider kicking in another few dollars this week?
The end of June is our next financial reporting deadline and we would love to show a wave of grassroots support. Whether you are a new donor or a stalwart cheerleader with a recurring monthly donation, it's going to take all of us to flip this seat.
Toward our collective good health,
PS: curious about the economic impacts of expanding Medicaid? See all the statistics here.