"These numbers show that the biggest gains in health coverage will come in the largest and most important sectors of Virginia's economy," says Michael Cassidy, President of the non-profit, non-partisan economic and fiscal policy organization in Richmond.
Workers in five of the state's six largest employment sectors have the most to gain, including:
- Tourism: 33,300
- Retail Trade: 26,100
- Educational, Health, and Social Services: 23,900
- Professional and Business Services: 20,200
- Construction: 18,700
Roughly 76 percent of all the working adults who would be newly eligible for coverage – about 122,000 people – work in those five industries, according to the report.
"Expanding health coverage is a smart investment in the hard-working people who call Virginia home and make the economy tick," says Cassidy.