Heart disease and stroke are the No. 2 and No. 4 causes of death in Virginia. To continue to make advances in treating and preventing cardiovascular disease, patients’ access to quality, affordable healthcare is paramount. People should be more than just a number when it comes to access to care. Closing the health insurance coverage gap is one key to this.
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Advocate, Hampton Roads Board Member, and Cardiologist Dr. Anjan “Shon” Chakrabarti knows this firsthand. As an interventional cardiologist who practices in Hampton Roads, he experiences this while caring for uninsured patients every day in his clinic and in the hospital. Patients take steps to prevent morbid complications of heart disease and prevent hospitalizations for conditions such as congestive heart failure, but there are barriers to quality care.
The Virginia Legislature is currently debating the issue of expanding access to healthcare. The General Assembly session ended March 10 and legislators went back to their districts without compromising on this critical issue. The House of Delegates included Medicaid Expansion in their proposed budget, but the Senate did not. The legislature will return to Richmond April 11 for a special session with the task of finishing the state budget, and we hope that includes Medicaid Expansion. Help us build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke in Virginia. Please thank your Delegate and urge your Senator to expand healthcare access!
To learn more, read Dr. Chakrabarti’s Opinion Editorial in full.