Highlighting importance of state legislature wins, Virginia will expand Medicaid coverage to 400,000
Tennessee can replicate this success when we elect more Democrats in November
May 30, 2018 (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Today the Virginia Senate approved its budget, paving the way for the state to become the 33rd to expand Medicaid and open up access to healthcare coverage to hundreds of thousands of people. In response, Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini released the following statement:
“Today is an incredible day for the people of Virginia,” Mancini said. “Last fall, voters in Virginia elected a Democratic governor and 15 more Democrats to their state legislature — and because they did, they’re now able to expand Medicaid and provide healthcare to 400,000 hard-working people. It’s time we did the same here in Tennessee. We will elect more Democrats up and down the ballot in November, break the Republicans’ supermajority, and work together to bring our federal tax dollars back home. Expanding Medicaid will not only increase access to healthcare coverage for some 280,000 Tennesseans, but it will also help our ailing rural hospitals remain open so everyone — no matter where you live — can visit a nearby hospital in an emergency. And it will allow us to make real, meaningful progress in fighting the opioid crisis, opening up treatment options for thousands of Tennesseans struggling with opioid addiction. If Virginia can do it, we can do it. Tennessee Democrats are committing to making Medicaid expansion a reality here in Tennessee.”
Background: According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, research shows that states see a multitude of benefits from Medicaid expansion:
- Economic benefits: States expanding Medicaid under the ACA have realized budget savings, revenue gains, and overall economic growth.
- Increased coverage rates: Medicaid expansion results in significant coverage gains and reductions in uninsured rates — especially within vulnerable populations, including children and seniors.
- Affordability of care: Research suggests that Medicaid expansion results in significant reductions in out-of-pocket medical spending for individuals, making healthcare more affordable.
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