A new poll released by Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center for Public Policy confirms what we already know – Virginians support Medicaid expansion. The poll, conducted between January 15th and January 22nd, finds that 56% of Virginia voters are in favor of Medicaid expansion. This support is widespread throughout the commonwealth. Majorities in Northern, Central, Southwest and Southside Virginia as well as the Hampton Roads region all support expansion.
Also significant, Virginians of all political stripes support expansion. Democrats favor expansion by a 58% – 36% margin, Republicans 55% – 38%, and Independents 55% – 39%. In other words, Medicaid expansion is not a partisan issue.
Some opponents will say that when asked to consider if the federal government does not pay its share, 54% of respondents said that they oppose expanding coverage. That’s a reasonable response, and that is why Virginia lawmakers already addressed the issue! Virginia’s budget already includes language that compels the Department of Medical Assistance Services to disenroll Virginians from the expansion population if the federal government doesn’t pay its promised share.
Providing health insurance to up to 400,000 Virginians transcends party lines and location. Call your lawmaker now and tell them to listen to Virginians and close the coverage gap today.