I have worked in the General Assembly to make change in healthcare.
Previously, we passed Medicaid expansion, arguably one of the most important pieces of legislation I will ever have the honor of helping to pass. With that we are opening up the opportunity for up to 400,000 more Virginians to receive health care in Virginia.
We must support increased funding for human servies.
When we take care of our most vulnerable residents it shows we have a commitment to our entire community. We can do better.
We must strive to:
- Provide early intervention therapeutic services for infants and toddlers, the Commonwealth of Virginia has long contracted with the Community Services Boards statewide.
- Provide services for the growing numbers of adults aging out of the school system with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- Fund additional medicaid waivers.
- While we increased medicaid waiver slots last year, we still have a significant waiting list for families. I work with parents in our community who are facing these issues and who are desperately seeking these services for their children, but are unable to, due to lack of funding.
- The Medicaid waiver should provide critical home and community-based services for qualified individuals.
- Virginia ranks seventh in per capita income and yet is 47th in Medicaid spending for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities. States nationwide set their own income and asset eligibility criteria within federal guidelines.