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CITY OF EMPORIA TOWN HALL MEETING ON MEDICAID EXPANSION *TONIGHT*

Senator L. Louise Lucas will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting to discuss Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Medicaid Expansion Plan for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the City of Emporia Council Chambers located at 201 South Main Street, Emporia Virginia 23847.

Dr. Jennifer Lee, Deputy Secretary of Health & Human Resources for Virginia, Gaylene Kanoyton, President of Celebrate Healthcare and Steve Ramey, Chief Financial Officer from Southampton Memorial Hospital are confirmed presenters. Members of the General Assembly invited to join Senator Lucas are Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr., Senator John A. Cosgrove, Jr., Delegate Roslyn C. Tyler and Delegate Richard L. Morris.

Currently there are an estimated 400,000 Virginians in the "Coverage Gap."  Those Virginians include Veterans, Working Parents and the Working Poor; people who make too  little money to afford coverage on the Marketplace.  The Commonwealth Department of Finance estimates that the cost of expanding Medicaid would be $127 Million; and while they also warn that that estimate could be on the low end, the truth is that the Federal Government will be paying 100 percent of the cost for three years and at least 90 percent after that. 

Accepting funding for the expansion of Medicaid allows the tax dollars collected from hard working Virginia families to be put to work helping the People of the Commonwealth.  These funds have already been collected, and the only way they will come back to Virginia is by expanding Medicaid.  The Commonwealth looses $4.4 Million every day that Medicaid is not expanded.  To date we have already lost $920 Million, amid partisan bickering in Richmond.  Conservatives in both the Virginia Senate and the House of Delegates have resorted to extraordinary measures to punish Veterans and the Working Poor for being, well, poor.   The only financially responsible option is to accept this funding and expand Medicaid.

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