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Lt. Gov. Northam: The fierce urgency of now
Published in the Virginian-Pilot, February 25, 2014
Over the past few months, a lot has been said about the need to provide health care to the commonwealth's most hard-working and vulnerable citizens.
As both a practicing physician and a policymaker, my support for Medicaid expansion is no secret. It is a simple fact that one's quality of life significantly improves with access to affordable health care.
Imagine your child had a fever of 105 and was not able to be seen by a provider, or that you had to decide between paying rent and refilling a life-saving prescription. Hundreds of thousands of working Virginians make these choices on a daily basis.
I emphasize the word "working" because 70 percent of Virginians without insurance have at least one working member in their household. Closing the coverage gap is not a handout. It is intended for hard-working Virginians who don't otherwise have access to health insurance.