What's next? It's the question being asked all over the Commonwealth after some lawmakers said if Medicaid expansion isn't part of the new budget, they ARE willing to hold out BEYOND the July 1st start of the new fiscal year. One political analyst agrees that whichever side blinks first could lose ground with that constituency—but there may be an alternative.
A nonprofit organization that brings free medical care to underserved communities has announced the establishment of a state office and a permanent presence in Virginia.
“Remote Area Medical” has been offering regular, mobile clinics in Southwest Virginia that have attracted thousands of patients needing care. RAM intends to expand operations—including to other regions of the Commonwealth.
The cost of health care has been rising faster than other sectors for decades, to the point where today, one of every five dollars is spent there. But exactly why that is, has not been well understood, until now.
The conservative group Americans for Prosperity organized a public forum in Charlottesville this week to discuss Medicaid expansion. The featured speakers were two Republican Delegates who strongly oppose the idea, but it seemed they had come to the wrong place, as supporters packed the auditorium.
When the Affordable Care Act open enrollment deadline of March 31st came and went, many people were left with the impression that they would have to go without health insurance if they missed that enrollment period.
But while it can be hard to find, there are ways that people may still be able to get some type of coverage—but it involves turning over some stones.
The Commonwealth Institute’s Michael Cassidy says those who are eligible can still enroll in two programs.