For Immediate Release: January 23, 2013
What: Medicaid Expansion Forum
When: Thursday, January 24 at 7 p.m.
Where: Staunton Library (1 Churchville Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401)
Speaker: Tim Jost, Washington and Lee University Professor and Health Care Scholar
Staunton, Va. – Virginia Organizing will host an open forum on Medicaid expansion in Virginia at the Staunton Library on Thursday, January 24 at 7 p.m. Washington and Lee University professor and health care scholar Tim Jost will lead a discussion on the vital nature of Medicaid expansion.
“Virginia must expand Medicaid or hundreds of thousands of Virginians will remain uninsured,” said Jost. “Expanding Medicaid will also create jobs in Virginia and reduce state expenditures.”
Medicaid expansion is currently being considered by the General Assembly. If expanded, Medicaid would cover more than 400,000 uninsured Virginians, create about 30,000 additional health care jobs, and save Virginia more money than if the state did not expand.
Hospitals and other providers currently servicing the uninsured at a high cost to their business would also benefit from expansion, particularly in rural areas, where residents are most likely to be affected by lack of insurance and low wages.
This forum is part of a series of events in Virginia focused on educating the public about Medicaid expansion sponsored by Virginia Organizing and Virginia New Majority.
For questions or to interview a spokesperson for Virginia Organizing, please contact Amanda Pohl at 804-337-1912 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization that brings people together to create a more just Virginia.