Local protest calls on Norment to expand Medicaid

Jimmy LaRoue
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A pair of local activists called on state Sen. Tommy Norment to support Medicaid expansion during a protest outside his James City County office Monday.

John Whitley, who started Moral Mondays on Duke of Gloucester Street four years ago along with retired pastor Charles Swadley, said the first issue on the first Moral Monday was Medicaid expansion. It’s still a priority for the two men.

“We're out here today to encourage, and to ask, and to seek the support of Sen. Norment on this most critical issue,” Whitley said.

Gov. Ralph Northam campaigned in support of Medicaid expansion. Virginia is one of 19 states that haven't adopted the Obamacare expansion, which allows individuals to qualify for Medicaid if they have incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or roughly $16,600 for an individual. A Medicaid expansion in Virginia would cover up to 400,000 low-income adults.

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at jlarouejr@vagazette.com or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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