One of the most hotly debated issues in health care for several years has been Virginia’s refusal to expand its Medicaid program, which would allow more working families to have access to health care. As a result of this inaction, hundreds of thousands of low-income adults fall into a coverage gap. With income below the poverty line, they are too poor to qualify for subsidized insurance from the federal Marketplace, but they make too much money to qualify for Virginia’s current Medicaid program.
If Virginia lawmakers close this coverage gap, nearly 400,000 Virginians across the Commonwealth could get access to quality, affordable health insurance.
These are real people. With real lives. They live in every community across the state. And each person in the coverage gap has a story to tell.