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Aug

2018

Why the Census Matters for Health Care

In 2020 the federal government will count the roughly 330 million people in the United States (US) through the census, a tally that is mandated by the Constitution. The census occurs every ten years and requires every resident in the US to complete forms that detail household size, income, and other demographic details. The data from the census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and representation in state legislatures, and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.

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18

Jul

2018

How Proposed Changes to Public Charge Will Affect Health Utilization

Earlier this year, the Trump administration released a draft of planned policy changes that would expand the criteria used to consider a person a potential “public charge.” The proposed changes are already causing some Virginia immigrants to forgo using public health programs for fear this may jeopardize their immigration status.  Given the impact on health care utilization in Virginia, we, as a health advocacy community, need to educate communities and address the proposed changes head-on.


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22

Jun

2018

Making Medicaid Expansion a Reality in Virginia

It is a busy and rewarding start to the summer across the Commonwealth. A few weeks ago, the Virginia legislature voted to expand Medicaid eligibility, which means, by January 1, nearly 400,000 low-income Virginians will be able to access affordable health care coverage with a very limited, extraction-only dental benefit.

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Feb

2017

Health Policy Update: Virginia's 2017 Session, ACA Repeal and Medicaid

Congressional Republicans released a summary of their proposed ACA replacement. While no bill has been filed, the policy brief provides a snapshot of key components. The proposal repeals the individual mandate, makes no mention of pre-existing conditions and repeals most taxes and fees which provide funding for the components of the ACA. The proposal does not provide any details about how the Republicans will pay for the programs outlined.

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24

Feb

2015

Dental care important but elusive for many adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Each February, advocates across the U.S. raise awareness about the importance of dental health. Dental issues cause thousands of lost school and work hours each year. Good home hygiene and regular, professional dental care are critical steps to maintaining optimal oral health and preventing costly and painful oral conditions. Yet, for many low-income, health-disadvantaged adults in Virginia, simple home hygiene practices and trips to the dentist remain elusive.

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