ENSURING HEALTH CARE REMAINS AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE
One of the proudest moments of my life was voting to pass the Affordable Care Act. As a result of the ACA, nearly 400,000 Virginians have signed up to purchase private insurance through the health insurance marketplace, and more than three million no longer face annual or lifetime benefit caps. In addition, Virginia seniors are no longer at risk of facing the Medicare part D prescription “donut hole.” Insurers can no longer deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions or discriminate against women in their coverage. It requires parity in coverage of mental health and provides greater incentives for preventive care.
But now the ACA is under attack by a Congress and President threatening to roll back this progress and take health insurance away from 18 million Americans. As Governor, I will work to protect access to affordable, high-quality healthcare for every Virginia family. It is not only the right thing to do, it will save our state money and support a healthier and more productive workforce.
And there is much more we can do. Republicans in the State House have chosen partisanship over the common good of our Commonwealth, and as a result more than a quarter million Virginians are left stranded without insurance coverage. As Governor, I will take decisive action to protect and expand access to healthcare for all Virginians - including expanding access to comprehensive reproductive health services and access to health care for rural communities and veterans. I will work for comprehensive mental healthcare services, lower prescription drug costs, and steps to combat the opioid epidemic. Regardless of the attacks at the federal level, we must ensure that every Virginian is able to access quality health care.