Risks of Medicaid Expansion
The Editorial in last week’s Connection [“Taking the Money”] does not include important facts about the risks of expanding Medicaid in Virginia:
- Currently Medicaid is already 22 percent of the Virginia budget
- Expanding Medicaid reduces funds for other Virginia programs – schools, safety, other medical, etc.
- 40 to 60 percent in the expansion population already have private health insurance
- Anyone earning less than the 138 percent above the poverty level would be mandated to lose their private insurance and go onto Medicaid which provides less care.