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Jill Hanken

T: (804) 782-9430 ext. 104 | F: (804) 649-0974 | E: [email protected]



VPLC’s work on Health Care Law focuses on major health programs for low-income Virginians. Access to health care is critically important to these residents of the Commonwealth. Many rely on public health insurance programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and FAMIS, which involve complex laws and policies. We often work with coalitions pursuing the same goals as ourselves. These coalitions include Healthcare for All Virginians, Virginia Coalition for Children’s Health, Virginians for Improved Access to Dental Care and Advocates for the Disabled.


Main Issues

Affordable Care Act and Private Health Insurance Marketplace


Current Issue Advocacy

Expanding Medicaid in Virginia*
Fixing Issues Around Balance Billing of Medical Bills
Budget Amendment on Equal Protection with Respect to Health

Much of our work on health law is public policy advocacy with Congress, the Virginia General Assembly, and administrative agencies. For example, we have worked on successful legislative initiatives to protect and expand Medicaid and SCHIP coverage for children, pregnant women, and the elderly/disabled. We have opposed cuts in medical services and promoted provider reimbursement increases when needed to ensure access to care.

On the national level, we have been actively engaged in supporting health reform legislation by providing information to the public, other organizations and Virginia’s Congressional delegation. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) offered enormous opportunity in Virginia and we continue to work on effective implementation of the law through education and advocacy.


Education, Outreach, and Training

Eligibility for government health programs can be complex and confusing and program rules change often. Our knowledgeable health staff provide ongoing technical assistance and training about health law issues to legal services staff, private attorneys, outreach workers and other service providers.

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