|Terry’s Plan Focuses on Strengthening Medicaid, Protecting Reproductive Freedoms, and Combating Rising Prescription Drug Prices|
|MCLEAN, VA – Terry McAuliffe championed his bold Building A Healthier Virginia plan to ensure every Virginian has access to high-quality, affordable health care during the first Virginia Democratic gubernatorial debate tonight. Despite expanding Medicaid to more than 500,000 people in the Commonwealth, more than 700,000 Virginians – including 100,000 children and 300,000 Black and Latino Virginians – still lack access to health care coverage.Virginia’s next governor must be ready to act boldly to ensure access to quality health care, fiercely defend and advance reproductive rights, and address health disparities for underserved communities on day one.|
As Virginia’s next governor, Terry will work closely with President Biden’s administration to lower health care costs for Virginians and expand access to care. He will secure approval from the Administration to implement a reinsurance program in Virginia, which will stabilize the health care market, lower insurance premiums and put money back in the pockets of hard-working Virginians. He will also create a Medicaid “buy-in” option on Virginia’s new state exchange for people who don’t qualify for Medicaid coverage but still struggle to afford health insurance.
Terry will also fight to eliminate racial disparities in the Commonwealth that perpetuate unacceptable rates of maternal mortality for Black women. In Virginia, Black women are 3 times more likely to die from pregnancy complications. Terry’s plan to make health care more accessible, affordable, and equitable will combat this issue by expanding Medicaid to cover other essential services including lactation counseling and home visiting. He will also have Virginia join only a handful of other states in requiring mental health screenings for pregnant and postpartum women. Terry will promote diversity in the healthcare system and make sure medical professionals receive cultural competency training to ensure that Black women have their medical needs met.
Terry will continue his work as Virginia’s 72nd Governor to fight for and protect Virginians’ reproductive freedoms. His plan calls for enshrining Roe v. Wadeinto the Virginia Constitution so that Virginians are guaranteed access to safe, legal abortions. He will also fight to lower predatory prescription drug prices, by creating a state watchdog to set limits for drug prices and passing a Prescription Drug Sunlight Law to give Virginians clear information about drug costs and price increases.
During his administration, Terry fought tirelessly to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of Virginians in the face of constant Republican opposition. He laid the groundwork for the successful passage of Medicaid expansion by building his final budget proposal around the $421.7 million in estimated savings that would come from expanding Medicaid and securing the critical hospital provider assessment. Terry also significantly extended coverage for critical health services, dental care, mental health services, and substance use disorder services to tens of thousands of Virginians and created a first-of-its-kind program that expanded access to dental care for low-income pregnant women. Terry also stood as a “brick wall” in defense of Virginians’ reproductive freedoms, vetoing every single anti-reproductive health bill passed by the Republican-led General Assembly, including multiple bills that would have defunded Planned Parenthood in the Commonwealth. He also signed a critical piece of legislation that allowed Virginians to obtain a full-year of contraceptives at one time.
Since launching his campaign in December, Terry has released big, bold plans to strengthen Virginia’s education system and dramatically increase teacher pay, help secure Virginia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, reform our criminal justice system to create a more equitable Virginia, ensure Virginians have access to regular nutritious meals, address the broken, predatory system of prescription drug pricing, boldly confront the gun violence epidemic, make Virginia the best state in the nation for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Healthcare (STEM-H) and computer science education, tackle the housing crisis in the Commonwealth and invest in Virginia’s workforce to create a more equitable post-COVID economy, ensure Virginians have access to high-quality, affordable health care, tackle climate change and secure Virginia’s clean energy future by 2035, and lift up Black Virginians as the Commonwealth rebuilds equitably from the COVID-19 pandemic.