Ralph Northam on Health Care



Expand Medicare, address racial disparities of pandemic

Some of his recent actions included calling for Northam to take stricter measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 throughout Virginia in mid-March and requesting a task force to address the racial disparities of the pandemic in mid-May. Fairfax's campaign will focus on "justice, fairness and opportunity" for all Virginians as well as on Medicaid expansion, police reform and increased education spending.
Source: Duke Chronicle on 2021 Virginia Gubernatorial race , Sep 30, 2020

When people are healthy, they contribute to our economy

Let's turn to health care. I ask you to pass the healthcare equity budget I sent you last month. When people are healthy, they can work and contribute to our economy. That's good for everyone. I also ask you to take three more actions to make health care easier and more affordable. First, I am sending you legislation to create a state-run marketplace. Second, I ask you to create a "reinsurance program." Then, it's time to end the laws that restrict a woman's right to direct her own health care.
Source: 2020 Virginia State of the State address , Jan 8, 2020

Remove age cap on insurance coverage for autism

HB 2577: Health insurance; coverage for autism spectrum disorder.

Analysis by WTVR 6-News Richmond Jan 15, 2019: Legislation introduced by Del. Robert Thomas would expand autism insurance coverage to nearly 10,000 Virginians and lift the cap that excludes those over the age of 10. Under current law, individuals with autism can get insurance only from ages 2 through 10. Autism is the only medical condition that has an age-based coverage limit. HB 2577 would eliminate the restriction. "No other health impairment including asthma, diabetes or cancer has such age limits imposed on them," Thomas said.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 97-1-1 on Feb/5/19; Passed Senate 39-0-1 on Feb/15/19; Signed by Governor Ralph Northam on Mar/18/19.

Source: WTVR 6-News on Virginia Legislative voting records HB 2577 , Mar 18, 2019

No family should be one illness away from financial demise

Q: You have been a vocal proponent of expanding Medicaid. Virginia Republicans continue to reject expansion.

A: That's something that I have worked on since we were eligible to expand Medicaid. No family should be one medical illness away from financial demise. That's what we are doing to Virginians right now by not expanding Medicaid. There are close to 400,000 WORKING Virginians who don't have access to health care. They end up receiving their care in the emergency room. It is not the place for preventative care. It's very expensive. Every day that Virginia doesn't expand Medicaid, we're not only leaving it on the table, but we're giving to other states we compete with over $5 million a day. Since January 2014, we've given up [billions] to surrounding states. That's money that we'll never get back.

Source: The American Prospect on 2017 Virginia gubernatorial race , May 3, 2017

Proud voice in favor of Medicaid expansion

In addition to his responsibilities as the tie breaking vote in the Senate, Lt. Governor Northam has been a proud voice in favor of Medicaid expansion because he believes that Republicans have placed themselves on the wrong side of history by putting partisan politics before the health of up to 400,000 hard-working Virginians--15,000 of whom are veterans--and an estimated 30,000 new jobs.
Source: 2016-17 Virginia gubernatorial campaign website , Nov 1, 2015

Expand access to Medicaid for 400,000 of our citizens

Democrat Ralph Northam will run for Virginia governor. "We need to continue investing in early childhood education," Northam wrote, "creating jobs in the new Virginia economy, protecting women's reproductive rights and expanding access to Medicaid for 400,000 of our citizens."

Medicaid expansion has been a legislative priority for state Democrats since Terry McAuliffe's election as governor in 2013. But with a two-to-one majority in the House of Delegates, and a two-seat advantage in the Senate that was reconfirmed in this month's legislative elections, Republicans have been able to prevent the issue from advancing.

Source: AMI Newswire on 2017 Virginia governor's race , Oct 20, 2015

Medicaid expansion will save taxpayers billions

I am a practicing physician and I know firsthand just how important access to quality health care is for Virginia families. Our health care system was broken, and we have made strides in the right direction toward improving access to high quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

Our work is not yet done. Last year, I sponsored legislation that would have had Virginia take a proactive approach to setting up health care exchanges, and I remain committed to lowering insurance costs and expanding coverage to uninsured Virginians. In the Senate I worked to create a pathway to Medicaid expansion because it will save taxpayers billions of dollars and create over 30,000 new health care related jobs in Virginia. We must make the right and prudent decision to expand Medicaid coverage, rather than walking away from federal money that could help make sick people well. Expanding Medicaid means that over 32,000 military and their families will gain health care coverage.

Source: 2016-17 VA gubernatorial campaign website NorthamForLG.com , Nov 1, 2013

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VA Gubernatorial:
Amanda Chase
Bob McDonnell
Frank Wagner
Jennifer Carroll Foy
Jennifer McClellan
Justin Fairfax
Ken Cuccinelli
Kirk Cox
Lee Carter
Mark Herring
Robert Sarvis
Terry McAuliffe
Tim Kaine
Tom Perriello
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Amanda Chase
Corey Stewart
Daniel Gade
Mark Warner
Scott Taylor
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