New public policy polling in five Virginia House of Delegates districts shows broad support for proposals to close the coverage gap for 400,000 Virginians through Medicaid expansion, it was reported Tuesday. The polling found double-digit margins of support for closing the coverage gap and majority support for the measure in districts where Medicaid impacts a high percentage of the population.
Additionally, Virginia voters strongly support their elected representatives working toward a budget compromise that includes accepting federal funds to close the coverage gap and advance health care for hundreds of thousands of hardworking Virginians. This polling follows a proposed House budget that attempted to block funding for Planned Parenthood’s nonprofit centers and a series of sexist comments from GOP leadership. Cianti Stewart-Reid, executive director of the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, stated, “The voters of Virginia couldn’t be more clear. In every district polled, the number of Virginians supporting expanding Medicaid to improve access to healthcare for hardworking people in our state far outweighed the number of those who opposed it.”