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Northam: House should support 'Marketplace Virginia'

Published on, April 20, 2014

Last week while I was in Richmond the Senate passed a budget that includes Marketplace Virginia, a private alternative to Medicaid expansion which would draw down federal money to help low-income Virginians buy health insurance on the private market.

It's important to understand that these are tax dollars we will send to Washington whether or not we chose to draw them down and bring them back to the commonwealth.

Ultimately, the program would cover more than 400,000 currently uninsured Virginians and would create tens of thousands of new jobs.

The Senate's vote took place the day after the Secretary of Health testified that Virginia has met or initiated all the Medicaid reform and cost-saving measures that were requested by the 2013 General Assembly as a condition of Medicaid expansion or some variation thereof.