American Lung Association in Virginia Celebrates Virginia Medicaid Expansion, Opposes Limitations on Access to Care
Virginia expands Medicaid, but adds extra conditions to get coverage, limiting the success of the program
(June 7, 2018) - RICHMOND, Va.
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Statement of American Lung Association in Virginia, in response to the expansion of Medicaid in Virginia:
"The American Lung Association in Virginia applauds the legislature and Governor Northam's decision to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. By expanding Medicaid, an additional 400,000 people will be eligible for Medicaid in Virginia. Expansion will provide critical treatment and services to this newly covered population, including preventive services such as tobacco cessation and lung cancer screening.
"However, the Lung Association is disappointed a work requirement was added as a condition of Medicaid eligibility. Most Medicaid enrollees who are able to work already do work. This requirement adds a paperwork burden for all patients who need to access care – and will result in fewer people who are eligible for and need care ultimately receiving it. The inclusion of a work requirement dampens the positive impact Medicaid expansion will have on the state. The American Lung Association in Virginia remains committed to working to improve the health of all our residents, including those covered by Medicaid who are disproportionately impacted by lung disease. Unfortunately, the work requirement does not further this goal."
For media interested in speaking with an expert about the importance of quality and affordable healthcare and the Virginia legislation, contact Allison MacMunn at the American Lung Association at [email protected] or 312-801-7628.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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