Sen. Warner Visits The Valley


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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- One of Virginia's U.S. Senators weighed in on the statewide battle brewing over Medicaid.

Sen. Mark Warner spoke to Valley education and economic leaders Wednesday as part of the Shenandoah Valley Leadership Pinnacle.

Warner said the pinnacle was a valuable opportunity.

"The ability for the leaders across the community to come together, talk about what's good, talk about how you can keep the Valley strong, economically vibrant and a great place to live and raise a family," said Warner.

The pinnacle also had panel discussions focused on industry and education in the Valley.

Afterward he said he hopes state lawmakers can agree on a plan to expand Medicaid because the consequences of not expanding it, he said, doesn't make good common sense.

"These folks who wouldn't be covered by the expansion, they're still going to show up at the emergency room and expect to get taken care of. And that's going to simply pass on costs to the people in the Valley who buy private insurance. So I hope there's a way both sides can get to yes," said Warner.

Warner said by not expanding Medicaid, the commonwealth is losing out on money that's going to other states instead.


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