House and Senate Democrats spoke out about their joint support of Medicaid expansion Thursday (1/11).
Delegate Wendy Gooditis shared her brother’s personal story flanked by Democrats. He passed away just weeks after she announced her candidacy, after a long struggle with PTSD and alcoholism.
Gooditis says he was finally able to receive Medicaid coverage and disability benefits after a suicide attempt a year before he died. But when he first applied for Medicaid, she says he was denied.
“There are 140 beautiful, beating hearts in this state assembly. I’m very hopeful. I like to think that if they had all met my brother, they would have loved him as everyone did and they would have said, ‘this man deserves care,’” Gooditis said. “So I like to think that these warm, beating human hearts will prevail, and I hope that we expand Medicaid this year.”
Estimates show around 300,000 Virginians could benefit from Medicaid expansion.
House Democratic Leader David Toscano says the state has lost $10 billion in federal dollars by electing not to.