Federal officials are willing to give Virginia and other states flexibility in implementing health care reforms. Uninsured Virginians can’t wait any longer.
State legislators are taking a passive-aggressive approach to a planned expansion of Medi-caid, the government-funded health insurance program, to cover low-income workers. In short, lawmakers are stalling.
But delaying this key initiative of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unnecessary and costly. Costly to at least 250,000 uninsured Virginians who have the chance to obtain access to medical care starting in January 2014. And costly to taxpayers, who will lose $5 million in federal funding every day that their elected officials refuse to act. That’s $5 million in federal taxes paid by Virginians that will go to other states.