The 2013 session of the Virginia General Assembly is under way. As a coalition dedicated to accessible affordable quality health care for all Virginians, we have two main priorities.
Adopt the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion
A primary goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to provide affordable, quality health coverage to all Americans. In addition to new marketplaces (Exchanges) that will sell affordable private insurance, all states have an option to expand their Medicaid programs to offer insurance to more low-income people
(See VPLC’s Latest Update on the Consequences of Delaying Medicaid expansion)
(Check out our resources on Medicaid Expansion)
Protect and Improve Payments to Medicaid / FAMIS Providers.
Every day, hospitals, physicians, and nursing facilities care for Medicaid and FAMIS patients and are paid less than it costs to provide the care. Some of the burden of these unfunded costs is shifted to commercially covered patients, while much of it goes uncompensated. Virginia needs to hold the line on reductions to Medicaid and FAMIS providers, and ultimately improve the rates to keep pace with the cost of care.