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Healthcare by the Numbers

34 - The number of States that have approved expanded Medicaid, some with Republican majorities in their legislatures or Republican governors.

16 - The number of states, including Virginia, with Republican majorities in their state house that have refused to approve Medicaid expansion.

235,000 - The number of our fellow Virginians who would have health care insurance if the Virginia legislature approved Medicaid expansion.

70% - The percent of Virginians who support Medicaid expansion according to a recent University of Maryland poll.

The Economics of Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid expansion means raising the income level for eligibility. Currently, a family of three must make less than $20,420 to be eligible for Medicaid. Under Medicaid expansion that rises to $27,159. An individual cannot make more than $12,060; under Medicaid expansion that rises to $16,040.

Medicaid coverage is not a handout. People who benefit from Medicaid expansion are hard-working individuals in low-wage jobs that do not offer health insurance - like waiters and waitresses, sales clerks, cooks, and home health aides. Medicaid also helps with the cost of nursing home treatment and health care for people with disabilities.

Under the Affordable Care Act, the Federal Government pays 90% of the cost of expanding Medicaid to low-income workers. Economic studies have demonstrated that Medicaid expansion not only saves Virginia money; it also generates revenues as workers take fewer days of sick leave. Here in Virginia, Medicaid expansion is projected to save the state budget $73 million and generate up to 30,000 new jobs.

Watch this video to learn more.

Committee to Elect Michele Edwards
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