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.
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 messaging to legislators this year included:
Virginia's healthcare safety net is doing more than ever! New Medicaid coverage has led to smore ways for Virginia's free and charitable clinics, community health centers, and the Virginia Health Care Foundation to serve uninsured and medically underserved Virginians.
- Providing 1:1 application assistance to maximize Medicaid enrollment (free clinics responsible for enrolling over 12,500 newly Medicaid eligible)
- New Medicaid enrollees are receiving medical and preventative screenings (8 free clinics became hybrid clinics in 2019 and treated over 3,700 new Medicaid patients)
- Continuing to provide needed medical care to some of the 319,000 Virginians who remain uninsured, and increasingly for the insured with high deductibles (free clinics treated 45,380 uninsured patients)
- Virginia's health safety net organizations return significant value for the Commonwealth's investment (free clinics produce $10 in services and prescriptions for every $1 in state funds)