Imagine being at work and feeling a sharp pain in your chest. Imagine not being able to go to the hospital because you’ve only been working in the United States for seven years. What do you do next? Ignore a possible serious health issue or be forced to pay thousands of dollars in medical bills? […]
Work Requirements for Medicaid Expansion are B*llSh*t. We Should Repeal Them Now
After fighting for 5 long years, in 2017 we were finally able to pass Medicaid expansion in Virginia! We made sure that more than 400,000 Virginians are able to see a doctor when they are sick without worrying about the bill that would come afterward. It was kind of a big deal. via GIPHY But […]
Virginia Expands Medicaid!
400,000 Working or Disabled Virginians Are Now Eligible for Insurance and Access to Life-Saving Care Through Medicaid Expansion On May 30th, after years of debate, the Virginia Senate voted to expand Medicaid and pass an annual budget. “Medicaid expansion is a good deal for Virginians and for the Commonwealth,” said Progress Virginia’s executive director Anna Scholl. “It […]
Eleven People in the Coverage Gap Die Every Week in Virginia
While Republican senators in Virginia’s General Assembly are pulling out all the stops to prevent a clean Medicaid expansion, eleven people are dying every week in the Commonwealth because they don’t have health insurance. Virginians are dying from a whole spectrum of preventable, treatable, and curable illnesses because a group of Republican senators don’t believe […]
Coverage Gap Activists are our Heroes
Hero or Zero? April 6th Welcome to Progress Virginia’s Hero or Zero, a weekly, unapologetically progressive take on this week’s heroes and zeros in Virginia politics. Check out this space every Friday, and Tweet us or post to our Facebook to nominate your own heroes and zeros. Like this? Please share! HERO: Virginians in the […]
It’s Game Time for Medicaid Expansion
On April 11, the General Assembly will debate and vote on a budget. There’s two versions. The House of Delegates version includes funding for Medicaid expansion; the Senate’s does not. There’s no time to waste. 400,000 of our friends and neighbors can’t wait. MEDICAID EXPANSION VOTECountdown You might be sick of hearing about Medicaid expansion […]
25 years later, my mom’s union button is still relevant. Virginians need healthcare.
When I was a kid, my mom would go to work at Giant in Woodbridge wearing a red smock covered in buttons, demonstrating pride in her job and support for her union. At the beginning of 1993, she donned a new button that read, “Tell Hillary you want what I got: decent healthcare.” When my […]
On International Women’s Day, Republicans Continue to Block Health Care for Women
On International Women’s Day, Republicans Continue to Block Health Care for Women Richmond, Virginia—On International Women’s Day, while bipartisan support grows for expanding access to healthcare, extremist Republicans in the State Senate and Congress continue to fight to deny women access to the care they need. The Senate Republican Caucus in Virginia is still fighting […]
Why are Republicans trying to pull a fast one on health insurance?
Last week we wrote about Medicaid expansion—what it is, why you should care, and where it stands in terms of passage in the General Assembly. But this week, we’re going to talk about sneaky ways some conservatives are trying to sabotage the idea of giving health coverage to 400,000 uninsured Virginians too poor or too […]
Why everyone should care about Virginia expanding Medicaid
There’s no more pressing issue for the General Assembly this year than expanding Medicaid to provide quality, affordable healthcare to up to 400,000 Virginians. When you get sick, you should be able to see a doctor without having to choose between paying your medical bills or your rent. There’s been a lot happening in Richmond […]