UVA Demographers Say New Health Legislation Will Reduce Uninsured Virginians by 21 Percent
A new study from UVA demographers finds nearly half-a-million Virginians will become eligible for Medicaid under Health Reform. Charles Fishburne reports.
UVA’s Weldon Cooper Institute says the Health Reform law will significantly reduce the numbers of Virginians without any health insurance.
Cable: Nearly half a million poor Virginians, we project, will become eligible. Between 240 and 340 thousand people will actually enrol.
Dustin Cable is Policy Associate and the study’s author.
Cable: That could potentially reduce the number of uninsured by 21 percent.
Cable says this will occur in 2014 when eligibility requirements will change to include almost all people younger than 65, who have incomes below 133 percent of the federal poverty line. That is currently just over 29 thousand for a family of four. He says the cost issues are controversial, and the first step in that dialogue is to determine just how many are eligible.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News