For Immediate Release: June 10, 2014
LOCAL VIGILS PART OF NINE ACROSS VIRGINIA
What: Vigils in support of Medicaid expansion
When: Thursday, June 12 at 8 p.m.
Commonwealth Boulevard (Across from Liberty Fair Mall, Martinsville, VA)
Colonial Apartments (1432 North Main Street, Danville, VA 24540)
Martinsville, Va.—Virginia Organizing will host a vigil for Medicaid expansion on Thursday, June 12 at 8 p.m. at Commonwealth Boulevard in Martinsville and Colonial Apartments in Danville as part of nine coordinated events across Virginia in support of expansion.
“Medicaid expansion is an important step in our Commonwealth’s commitment to the health and well-being of its citizens,” said Martinsville Chapter leader Rev. Daniel Willson. “Virginia’s people have spoken again and again in favor of Medicaid expansion as a critical step forward for 400,000 uninsured Virginians. We are coming together again to speak out, to pray, and to let our legislators know we cannot afford to waste any more time with politics when people's lives are at stake.”
The Virginia House of Delegates has rebuffed any Senate compromise plans for Medicaid expansion and refused to offer any alternatives that would address expanding Medicaid to the 400,000 Virginians who lack health care coverage and would qualify for expansion.
Virginia Organizing will lead other rallies in Staunton, Charlottesville, Virginia Beach, and Pennington Gap to call on legislators to close the coverage gap.
Simultaneous vigils are being sponsored by other groups in Roanoke, Richmond, and Centreville.
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.