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Democratic House of Delegates Leader David Toscano On Medicaid Expansion: “A Really Big Deal…a Long Time Comin'”


From Democratic House of Delegates Leader David Toscano:


Medicaid Expansion: A Really Big Deal
It’s Been a Long Time Comin’June 7, 2018Today was the final step in perhaps the most significant success in my thirteen years in the General Assembly. After five years of advocating, strategizing, cajoling, pleading, and fighting, last week we passed a budget that includes Medicaid expansion to about 400,000 Virginians; today, Gov. Northam signed it into law. It is an amazing feeling to cast a vote that will help so many. There are about 3,400 people in the 57th District who would be eligible for the expanded Medicaid program now, and as many as 10,000 additional people in the local region who would benefit. This is a very significant development and one that bodes well for the future of the Commonwealth. If we do this correctly, more people will have better care and improved access to physicians, and we will spend less on costly emergency room treatment. Our hospitals will be better compensated for the care they provide, and jobs will be created in the process.

As you recall, we have been losing about $5 million a day in our tax dollars that have been flowing to Washington, DC, to be spent in places other than Virginia. The $10 billion that we have lost to date can never be recovered, but this budget decision means that more than $400 million will come into Virginia’s budget. With these health care dollars replacing state funds previously budgeted to cover medical costs, we can now fund raises for our public employees and teachers, increase mental health funding, and provide other services that our Commonwealth desires and deserves.

Thanks To All
There are many people to congratulate for the success of this long-term effort, not the least of whom are all of you who have supported our fight for Medicaid expansion. Today, let us give each other a collective “thank you” and build on this victory to bring more progressive change to the Commonwealth.

  • Video from today’s signing ceremony (courtesy of Gaylene Kanoyton)



    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law the state budget that expands Medicaid:

    “After years of working on this issue that affects families across the Commonwealth, we are thrilled that hundreds of thousands of Virginians who currently lack basic health care coverage will finally have some peace of mind. Today’s historic signing shows a good faith effort by legislators to provide health insurance for Virginians who need it the most. We are grateful for the tireless work Governor Northam and the leaders of the General Assembly have shown to ensure the stability and well-being of hardworking families. We are ready to assist the Governor and his administration as Virginia begins the process of full expansion.”

    Virginia is now one of 33 states across the country that have expanded Medicaid. Up to 400,000 low-income adults in Virginia will now be eligible for Medicaid health coverage.