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Medicaid Town Halls Continue Ahead of Special Session

Virginia’s Interfaith Center for Public Policy hosted a town hall discussion about Medicaid expansion at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Chesterfield County last night.

Speakers included Republican Delegate Chris Peace, and Democratic Delegate Dawn Adams who’ve both witnessed the need for Medicaid expansion in their careers outside of the General Assembly.

Peace said he sees the need regularly in the courtroom, and Wednesday was no different, “Every case had some element that showed how if there was greater access to care particularly through Medicaid expansion their family situation would improve.”
Adams said of all the hospitals she’s worked in patients in Petersburg were the sickest she’s seen, “And that is because that population does not have primary care or access to care. And so by the time they come to the hospital, they’re very ill.”

While Peace and Adams agree it makes moral and monetary sense to expand Medicaid some Republican Senators still aren’t convinced. They all head back to the state Capitol next Wednesday to officially resume budget talks.