ACS CAN volunteers spent years working to urge their state lawmakers to close the coverage gap that affected approximately 300,000 Virginians by expanding Medicaid. These are our neighbors who were not only not eligible for Medicaid, but they also don't earn enough money to access the federal health insurance exchange program. It's known that early detection of cancer can save lives, but individuals without health insurance are half as likely to access critical screenings such as mammograms or colonoscopies. Uninsured Virginians are also more likely to be diagnosed with cancer at an advanced stage, and they are less likely to survive the cancer than their insured counterparts.
We will continue to fight to protect Medicaid expansion in Virginia.