Ensuring Quality and Affordability Later in Life
As Virginia’s next governor, Terry will take a comprehensive approach to improving access to affordable, quality options for Virginia seniors that will enable them to age in place. His plan will protect seniors from COVID-19 by ensuring that every facility serving seniors requires their staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Terry will lower the cost of health care by tackling the rising cost of prescription drugs and holding Big pharma accountable, implementing a state reinsurance program to lower premiums, and standing up Virginia’s state health exchange. He will work with President Biden to create specialized savings plans that will allow seniors to cover the cost of care as they age.
As Virginia’s 72nd Governor, Terry fought tirelessly to expand Medicaid and extend coverage to more than 570,000 Virginians, including many seniors. Terry expanded the No Wrong Doors program that connects seniors to more than 27,000 programs and services, including assistance for homecare, transportation, meals, and more. Terry also implemented the Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC+) initiative which streamlined access and improved oversight.
The Work Ahead
- Require all employees in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or other long-term care facilities that serve seniors to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and ensure these facilities are adhering to CDC guidelines.
- Lower the cost of Rx drugs by creating a state watchdog that will set price limits on high-cost drugs and a Prescription Drug Sunlight Law to give Virginians information about price increases.
- Lower health care premiums by standing up the state health exchange and implementing a reinsurance program.
- Deliver universal broadband and create a grant fund to allow seniors to leverage technologies like remote patient monitoring so they can safely age in place.
- Partner with President Biden to establish a specialized savings plan, like Virginia 529 or ABLEnow, for seniors so they can afford the cost of care and make necessary home modifications as they age.
- Expand veteran healthcare access by increasing telehealth options and access to broadband.