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Virginia Votes to Expand Medicaid

May 30, 2018

After a five-year battle in the Virginia legislature – the House of Delegates and Senate passed a state budget that includes Medicaid expansion – providing health coverage for nearly 400,000 Virginians. Governor Ralph Northam, a pediatric neurologist, is expected to sign the budget bill soon, making Virginia the 33rd state to approve expansion under the Affordable Care Act. In Virginia, MS activists have sent more than 150 letters and held nearly 500 meetings with legislators over the last five years, urging them to expand Medicaid so that more people can receive health coverage.

Over the last five years, MS activists have advocated for Medicaid expansion by making calls, sending emails and postcards attending rallies and meeting in-person with their legislators. Their collective voice and efforts over time helped make expansion a reality in Virginia! 

Learn more about Medicaid expansion. 

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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