People with No Insurance Wait for General Assembly Budget Decision

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- Lawmakers in Virginia did not pass a two year budget Saturday as the General Assembly's regular session came to an end.

Lawmakers can't agree on whether to accept federal Medicaid funds.

If lawmakers decide to take the federal money, they could provide hundreds of thousands of people with insurance. One neighbor with no insurance says it's hard, especially with a number of health concerns.

"A lot of times you feel like, you feel so frustrated that whenever there's bumps in the road as far as insurance goes, and things that you know hold you back, that there is somebody there that actually cares," said Samantha Moseley, who doesn't have insurance.

Samantha Moseley helps paint Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry's home for women and children. She is in Waynesboro as part of the House of Mary Discipleship program. It's a six month program to help turn lives around.

To treat her high blood pressure and eye sight, she goes to the Augusta Regional Free Clinic.

"I mean if it wasn't for the free clinic, I don't know what I would do," said Moseley.

She's one of about 400,000 people in the Commonwealth who is not eligible for Medicaid. Under current requirements in Virginia, people have to be parents or caretakers or be 65 years-old or older.

"So these are individuals who are working, generally earning below 18,000 dollars a year, and they simply cannot afford to buy health insurance," said Dr. Bob Roberts, a James Madison University professor.

For Moseley, her family history plays a part in her need for treatment. After Moseley found a lump on her breast she was concerned, because her mother had breast cancer.

"They did another examination and want to send me to another specialist, which of course, if I didn't have insurance, which I do not, it's just very difficult to make it to that," said Moseley.

Dr. Roberts said one proposal in Richmond is similar to private insurance many families have.

"There'll be deductibles, there'll be co-insurance, there'll be those things, which are not part of traditional Medicaid," said Dr. Roberts.

With no insurance, Moseley said she's grateful for the help. But, she does wants to be able to afford insurance. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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