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This is a part of TCI’s “Collective Agenda for Virginia’s Future.” Click here to start at the beginning.

The families of every child in Virginia should be able to access health care when needed without worrying that medical bills will impact their ability to pay for essentials like rent, food, or transportation.

Medical bills can cause a strain on any budget, but especially for our neighbors living paycheck to paycheck. Medicaid and CHIP covered 860,000 children in Virginia at the start of 2023. Unfortunately, access to this affordable and comprehensive health coverage is still unattainable for families of some children in Virginia simply due to immigration status requirements. Lack of access to preventative care and delays in medical treatment can lead to avoidable emergency department visits costing the state and Virginia families.

In a just and equitable Virginia, every child’s right to comprehensive and affordable health coverage transcends immigration status. We envision a future where families never have to choose between their child’s health and life’s necessities. We must tear down the barriers that deny coverage to 13,000 children, invest in their well-being, and unite as a community. Together, we can ensure every child receives the care they deserve, regardless of who they are or where they’re from.

Crimson S. | COSPU | Harrisonburg

Roughly 13,000 children face barriers to health care because they are barred from coverage due to outdated and backwards eligibility rules. Certain Virginia lawmakers have voted down the opportunity to provide these children with coverage despite having the financial resources and opportunity to pass policies to fix this.

What Can We Do?

Virginia lawmakers should invest in the health and well-being of Virginia’s future generations. It is time to fund and vote for a policy to create a health coverage program available to all children from low and moderate-income families, regardless of immigration status.

Advance Commonsense Policies

  • Invest just $19.3 million over the next two years so that more children can access health coverage via a Cover All Kids program.
  • Provide dedicated funding for targeted outreach campaigns to enroll all eligible but not currently enrolled children in health coverage.
  • Increase the maximum income threshold for children’s health coverage so more families with children can access affordable and comprehensive coverage. Only two states (ID and ND) have lower maximum income thresholds than Virginia.

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