Northam signs directive for more Virginians to get affordable health care

Northam signs directive for more Virginians to get affordable health care
The governor's office says "meaningful health coverage remains unaffordable for too many Virginians."

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive directive this week that directs actions “to increase the number of Virginians enrolled in quality, affordable health care coverage,” according to a press release on Tuesday.

"Health coverage should be both meaningful and affordable, but unfortunately, policies from Washington threaten to increase the number of families who are uninsured or underinsured,” Northam said. “It’s more important than ever that we identify and implement policies at the state level that control costs and ensure that Virginians can afford to buy health insurance that covers their health care needs.”

In 2019, Medicaid expansion is providing health care coverage to more than 325,000 Virginians.

However, Northam says “meaningful health coverage remains unaffordable for too many Virginians, due in large part to federal policies that have increased cost and decreased the quality of available coverage.”

According to the governor’s press release, the directive - known as “Executive Directive Five” - “will review policies and programs and take actions to promote greater access and enrollment in quality, affordable health insurance coverage.”

Click/tap here to view the full text of the directive.

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