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Group Celebrates Expansion of Medicaid Coverage in Virginia

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Virginia Organizing celebrated the Medicaid expansion on July 10 Virginia Organizing celebrated the Medicaid expansion on July 10
AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

People in the Shenandoah Valley are celebrating the expansion of Medicaid coverage in Virginia.

The commonwealth passed the expansion back in May, but now one advocacy group is gearing up to help people sign up for the expanded coverage.

Virginia Organizing - one of the main groups that has lobbied for this healthcare reform over the past decade - celebrated its accomplishment on Tuesday, July 10.

The group says now close to 400,000 Virginians will have access to Medicaid.

Tuesday night’s celebration in Augusta County is part of a larger celebration across the commonwealth over the week. Each chapter of Virginia Organizing is scheduled to host a similar event.

State Senator Emmett Hanger attended Tuesday night’s event and spoke about his role in passing the reform.

Virginia Organizing says it’s pleased with this accomplishment, but that its work is not yet done.

“We believe in healthcare for all, and this is a first step in the right direction,” says Ronna Wertman of Virginia Organizing. “Our federal dollars have been going to other states for so long, and so now to have this money coming back and to have it expanded, we’re looking forward to having hundreds of thousands of people have more access to healthcare.”

The income threshold to be eligible for Medicaid is now higher, but Virginia Organizing says it’s now hoping to get the employment requirement removed.

The group says its next step is to help the hundreds of thousands of Virginians now eligible for Medicaid enroll in it.

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