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  1. Recap- 10th Senate District Candidate Forum

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    On Tuesday, August 18th, Voices for Virginia’s Children sponsored the 10th Senate District Candidate Forum hosted by WCVE. The event was a great success, with approximately 140 people attending to hear all four candidates speak. This race is one of the most competitive races in the Commonwealth, as Republicans and Democrats vie for control of the state Senate. The district is currently represented by retiring Republican John Watkins.

    For the first half of the forum, candidates answered questions centered on public policy issues for children in Virginia – children living in poverty, teens who age out of foster care, mental health services, and early childhood education. In the second half of the forum, WCVE News Director Craig Carper asked the candidates questions about the state budget, education funding, Medicaid expansion, and the issue of partisanship in picking judges and redistricting.

    WCVE will air the event this coming Sunday night, August 23, at 6 p.m. on 88.9 FM in Richmond. It is also available here on their website.

    Read more about the event in this Richmond Times-Dispatch article by Michael Martz.

  2. Why Medicaid Expansion Matters for Kids

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    As a member of the Healthcare for All Virginians (HAV) Coalition, we were disappointed that the General Assembly once again failed to close the health insurance coverage gap for low-income adults during the special session last week. We think it’s important for policymakers and child advocates to understand the great extent to which this decision affects kids. We’ve prepared a Fact Sheet to explain this, and here are a few of the major points:

    100,000 parents in Virginia fall in the coverage gap.
    400,000 low-income adults fall in the coverage gap in Virginia, meaning they make too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford health insurance on the federal exchange. Fully one-quarter of those adults are parents of kids younger than 18.

    Insured parents get health insurance and health care for their kids.
    When parents have health insurance, they are more likely to obtain health insurance for their kids AND take them to the doctor for preventive care and treatment when they’re sick.

    When parents have access to health care, they are better able to care for their children.
    Parents are better able to care for their children when their own health needs are being met — for example, untreated maternal depression has a negative effect on the emotional development of young kids. Also, parents with health insurance are less vulnerable to the potentially exorbitant costs and heavy emotional toll of unexpected medical bills.

    For these reasons, Voices for Virginia’s Children will continue to advocate that Virginia close the coverage gap for low-income adults. Contact Voices’ policy analyst Ashley Everette at ashley@vakids.org for more info.

    For more facts about the importance of closing the coverage gap to improve the health and well-being of Virginia’s kids, see our Fact Sheet.

  3. Press Conference: Mental Health and Medicaid Expansion

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    Are you UNINSURED and unable to access mental health services as a result of being uninsured? Would having insurance coverage help you or a family member to access medication, therapy appointments, and other behavioral health services needed?

    In coordination with NAMI VA, VOCAL, MHAV and Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, the Campaign for Children’s Mental Health will participate in a press conference regarding Medicaid expansion and mental health.

    We are currently looking for one or two people  to share their stories about being uninsured and unable to obtain mental health care coverage at a press conference this week.  Stories must be specifically  about being uninsured and the resulting difficulty this has caused you or a loved one in in obtaining the mental health services.

    To share your story, please email ashley@vakids.org as soon as possible.

    More information about the event will be posted as the details of the event are determined.