Feb. 7, 2014
Region Ten in Charlottesville wants Medicaid expansion in the Commonwealth, and held a panel discussion Friday morning on how it could benefit Central Virginia.
Charlottesville City Councilor Kristin Szakos, well as the Region Ten Executive Director Robert Johnson, explained why they believe Virginia should participate in Medicaid expansion.
According to Region Ten statistics, 22 percent of people in Albemarle County could benefit from Medicaid if it were expanded.
“We have a thousand individuals here who have received services who are uninsured and would be eligible today for Medicaid expansion” says Johnson. ”We spent approximately $2.8 million on uncompensated care for these individuals.”
Shifting the payment to Medicaid would allow places like Region Ten to remove the burden of funding from localities around the Commonwealth.
Governor Terry McAuliffe has been pushing for expansion since taking office.