Since 1993, the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (VAFCC) has been an effective advocate at the state and national level for free and charitable clinics, their volunteer workforce, and the patients served by free and charitable clinics. Most recently, VAFCC and its member clinics supported the passage of expanded Medicaid to low-income adults which will, with the assistance of Virginia’s free and charitable clinics, provide more Virginians than ever with access to preventative and life-saving care. While Virginia’s newly expanded Medicaid program will provide much needed coverage for nearly 400,000 low-income Virginians, free clinics are remaining agile as they continue to serve the underserved, be it through providing care to the newly Medicaid eligible or expanding their eligibility to serve those with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, but too low to afford insurance on their own.
During the legislative session, VAFCC staff and our healthcare advocates walk the halls of the legislative buildings urging lawmakers to support, oppose, or modify dozens or even hundreds of bills each session that support the work of Virginia's healthcare safety net. Join us and be a voice in support of accessible quality healthcare.
2019 Healthcare Safety Net Legislative Day – VAFCC annually partners with the Virginia Healthcare Foundation and the Virginia Community Healthcare Association to bring our representatives of the Commonwealth’s healthcare safety net together to educate and inform our elected representatives of the essential work and critical impact of free & charitable clinics and community health centers. Key messages to legislators this year included:
- Safety net organizations are working on parallel tracks to help those newly eligible for Medicaid while continuing to help uninsured Virginians obtain needed health care services.
- As patients enroll in Medicaid, free clinics how have more capacity to treat the 323,000 Virginias who remain uninsured due to not qualifying for Medicaid.
- Virginia’s healthcare safety net organizations continue to return significant value for the Commonwealth’s investment. We require continued support of Virginia's healthcare safety net.