RICHMOND - DPVA Chair, Delegate Charniele Herring released the following statement on Virginia Republican's Medicaid expansion gridlock:
"The Senate Finance committee's failure to fund the expansion of Medicaid in its proposed budget yesterday is a major disappointment, as is the House Appropriations Committee's insistence on amendments that barely keep the Medicaid expansion conversation alive. Expanding Medicaid could help more than 300,000 low-income Virginians access health coverage, including nearly 34,000 Virginia veterans, according to a recent report by the Virginia Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis. "While this conversation will continue, my colleagues in the House should remember that there are significant benefits to taking full advantage of what's available to the Commonwealth under the Affordable Care Act with little cost to taxpayers. It's time for Republicans to stop leaving money that Virginia taxpayers send to Washington on the table while hundreds of thousands of Virginians wait for their leaders in Richmond to put them first."