Bill Bolling

Medicaid expansion helps all Virginians

Since 2014 Republican lawmakers have resisted expanding Virginia’s Medicaid program, which would help nearly 400,000 Virginians, including 12,000 veterans, gain access to affordable insurance. Yet, this year the House, in a bipartisan effort, passed a budget that includes expansion.

Medicaid expansion can help improve health outcomes for the uninsured and have a positive impact on our economy. According to The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a Richmond- based independent research organization, Medicaid expansion would support 18,000 jobs in health care and Virginia’s overall economy would generate $89 million in new state and local tax revenues in fiscal year...