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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.