VRHA Weekly Update - January 26, 2015

There are two house bills that would expand Medicaid eligibility and close the coverage gap - HB 1830 (Plum) and HB 2212 (Hope and Rasoul). Both bills are in the Health Welfare and Institutions (HWI) committee and assigned to Subcommittee #3.

It's possible the bills will be heard Wednesday morning at 7:30 am 

vrha_affiliate-logoIn the meantime - we need all VRHA members to communicate with members of HWI - especially the 5 legislators on the Subcommittee:
Chris Peace (R -97th), Chair - 804-698-1097
Bobby Orrock (R -54th) - 804-698-1054
Dr. John O'Bannon (R - 73rd) - 804-698-1073
Dickie Bell (R-20th) - 804-698-1020
Rob Krupicka (D-45th) - 804-698-1045
The other HWI members and their contact information can be found here

Please email and/or call these legislators and urge them to "Close the Coverage Gap! Support legislation (HB 1830 and HB 2212) to provide health insurance to up to 400,000 low income Virginians!, including 86,000 in rural areas" 

You can talk about people in the gap, and why your organization supports coverage. Please make your contacts right away and share this alert with others in your networks!  

All Virginia lawmakers have uninsured citizens in their district.  More talking points can be found here.
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