On Monday, April 4, we sent the following letter to Governor McAuliffe to let him know that we aren’t giving up the fight, and we hope that he won’t either.
April 4, 2016
Dear Governor McAuliffe:
The Healthcare for All Virginians (HAV) coalition is extremely grateful for your unwavering efforts to close Virginia’s Medicaid coverage gap for up to 400,000 very low-income adults. The 100+ organizations which make up the HAV Coalition agree this coverage is absolutely critical to ensure access to necessary health care as well as bolster Virginia’s health care industry and the economy. Opponents of expansion have totally failed to justify their opposition with facts and figures – it’s truly been political gridlock and nothing more.
We share your frustration about the lack of progress on this issue during the last four legislative sessions. We also have very deep concerns about the individuals who must continue to suffer in the coverage gap. For some, the lack of coverage is truly life threatening. We featured a few of the affected people in our booklet Faces of Virginia’s Coverage Gap to explain to legislators and the public how people end up in the gap for various reasons.
Please do not give up on them and the hundreds of thousands of other Virginians who are depending on your leadership and ability to get the job done!
We urge you to continue your fight to do what is right for poor adults in Virginia. In addition to helping hardworking families, closing the gap will address many related needs of people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and those leaving incarceration. We believe the business community, local governments, and educators have an important stake in this debate, and they should be promoting expansion, too.
The HAV Coalition is firmly committed to making broader Medicaid coverage a reality. We will continue to work with your administration and advocate for expansion as long as it’s necessary.
Thank you for your steadfast support.
Coordinator, HAV Coalition
Health Attorney, Virginia Poverty Law Center