Without Medicaid Expansion, VA Paying More to Get Less

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

By Dan Heyman, Public News Service- VA

By choosing not to expand Medicaid, health policy and budget analysts say the General Assembly has put the state in the position of paying more to get less.

Virginia lawmakers are expected to fund more than $120 million to provide health coverage for about 50,000 additional state residents.

Karen Cameron, director of Virginia Consumer Voices for Healthcare, says this is a good thing, but she points out that the state could cover 10 times as many by accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid.

What she describes as a Band-Aid approach shows lawmakers are aware of the need.

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