Guiding Principles & Legislative Priorities

Guiding Principles

Accessible and affordable quality health care in Virginia should be:

  • The shared responsibility of our entire community:  individuals, providers, employers and government.
  • Available to all Virginians, regardless of ability to pay and without causing financial hardship.
  • Comprehensive, including a full range of services (primary, preventive, acute and long term care) in order to promote and maintain physical, oral and mental health.
  • Provided in a manner that is timely and culturally/linguistically appropriate.
  • Financed and delivered in a manner that leverages state spending, maximizes efficiency of resources, eliminates waste, and supports economic growth throughout Virginia.

Legislative Priorities

Both President-Elect Trump and the Republican Caucus in Congress have promised to drastically change many of the health programs that millions of Americans rely on.  In addition to plans to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there are threats to Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP (Virginia’s “FAMIS” program).

As the healthcare landscape continues unfolds, HAV will be engaged to:

  • Prevent cuts to existing health programs; and
  • Promote needed improvements.

State Issues:

  • Medicaid – Oppose cuts to current eligibility levels, services, and provider reimbursements.
  • Medicaid – Support broader coverage for low-income adults, including low-income parents, and people with substance use disorders and mental illness.
  • Safety Net Programs – Support community health centers, free clinics and community services boards which continue to serve Virginia’s uninsured.

Federal Issues:

  • Affordable Care Act – Oppose repeal without simultaneous “replacement”.
  • Medicaid – Oppose “block grants” or “per capita caps”.
  • CHIP/FAMIS – Support reauthorization of the CHIP program for children and pregnant women.
  • Medicare – Oppose proposals to turn Medicare into a private voucher program or to allow people to opt out.