Ensuring Access to High Quality, Affordable Healthcare
Access to affordable health care is a fundamental human right. Health is the basis of everything - without affordable health care, a good job and education opportunities are often out of reach. Expanding Medicaid was an incredible achievement, allowing 400,000 additional low-income Virginians access to affordable healthcare. But the work isn’t done, there are still challenges that affect the well-being of all Virginians:
The opioid epidemic continues to ravage communities across our state. Facing this crisis requires a public health first approach, rather than the primarily criminal offense one we have tried, and failed, for decades.
Virginia has one of the highest concentrations of veterans in the nation, with specific and unique needs. We must make sure our state government can supplement the care and attention our state’s veterans need when national services fall short.
The gap between rural and poor segments of our community and the wealthier parts is staggering. Health infrastructure and concentrated programs must supplement Medicaid expansion to ensure equitable health care outcomes.