The 2015 General Assembly Session has ended without closing the health care coverage gap in Virginia. While the adopted budget includes some good provisions for safety net providers and a limited group of low-income adults with serious mental health conditions, the failure to close the gap for up to 400,000 Virginians overshadows those measures.
Many HAV supporters and partners participated in the coalition’s work this year — attending press events, HAV lobby day, weekly meetings, contacting legislators, communicating with newspapers/media, and dispelling the misinformation that continues to come from opponents. The 105 supporting organizations understand how important this issue is for consumers, hospitals, health providers and Virginia’s economy.
The HAV Coalition will continue to advocate for expanded coverage and keep this issue alive and in the public discussion over the next months into the election season and in preparation for the 2016 session.