VAYD Celebrates Affordable Healthcare Exchanges

For Immediate Release
James Lewis

Virginia Young Democrats Celebrate Opening Of Affordable Healthcare Exchanges

Richmond, VA – September 30, 2013 – News Release –Tomorrow, the Virginia Young Democrats will celebrate the opening of the healthcare exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that 27 million Americans will use these exchanges by 2018 to purchase affordable and competitive health insurance.

“These new exchanges will offer access to affordable and competitive healthcare for thousands of Virginians, especially young professionals that are unable to purchase insurance through their employer,” said Gonzalo Aida, president of the Virginia Young Democrats. “More than 840,000 Virginians are currently uninsured and these exchanges will offer access to coverage at a reasonable price.”

The Virginia Young Democrats stand with the Affordable Care Act and look forward to its full implementation.

“If Virginians knew more about the law like that 3 million Virginians can no longer be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition, including nearly 500,000 children, we’d have near universal support for the law,” said Andrew Goodwin, the Health Policy Caucus Chair of the Virginia Young Democrats.

What They Said: The Affordable Care Act

We've been hearing from our Virginia elected officials in preparation for the opening of the ACA Marketplace. Read on to learn more about what they're saying.

A project of the Virginia Young Democrats Health Policy Caucus.

"No one - even young people - plan to get sick or hurt, but most people will need medical care at some point. Health insurance can help out when that happens. As part of the Affordable Care Act, starting October 1, Virginians will have the opportunity sign up for health insurance available through a "marketplace" or exchange. You will have access to plans that are affordable to you, and ensure you are covered for what you need, and you can even enroll in an inexpensive catastrophic plan - one that will only kick in should you get really sick or hurt. Taking care of your health, and ensuring you are protected in the case of illness - or even if you need to see a doctor - is important no matter your age."

U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner

"With open enrollment for health insurance coverage beginning on October 1, 2013, individuals will be able to apply for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Designed to make buying health coverage easier and more affordable, the marketplace is a great option for young adults in Virginia. I encourage young Virginians to compare all of their options and enroll in the coverage plan that is the best fit for them."

"I support the Affordable Care Act as an important first step toward putting patients in charge of their own health care decisions and slowing the growth of health care costs. We are already seeing its impact on young Virginians. As of December 2011, the National Health Interview Survey found that 3.1 million additional young adults, including 66,000 in Virginia, have insurance coverage due to the provision in the Affordable Care Act that allows individuals to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until they turn 26. Because of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are prohibited from denying care to those with pre-existing conditions and preventive services like routine cancer screenings and regular wellness visits no longer require a copay. While the Affordable Care Act is already delivering positive results for Virginians, more work needs to be done to lower costs and expand access to care. I look forward to working with lawmakers from both parties, as well as members of the business community, to strengthen this important legislation."

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine

This Is Our House

For Immediate Release
James Lewis

This Is Our House

Virginia Young Democrats Release New Voter Outreach Plan In Six Targeted House Districts

Richmond, VA – August 29, 2013 – News Release –Today, the Virginia Young Democrats (VAYD) released their “Phoning For Our Future” program designed to support and elect six Democratic candidates in targeted House of Delegate races.

“For the first time in decades, the Virginia Young Democrats have committed to an extensive, yet targeted, plan to turn-out voters and support the election of Democrats to the House of Delegates,” said VAYD President, Gonzalo Aida (Richmond.) “This is our house and we are taking it back. For too long, it has been the garden where Republicans grow repressive legislation that makes Virginia the laughing stock of late night comedy shows – not anymore.”

The program is the brainchild of Political Director, Jarrod Nagurka (University of Virginia,) and Campaign Director, Charles Bright (Fairfax.)

VA Student Leaders Urge Congressmen Rigell, Wolf to Stop Student Rate Hike

VA Student Leaders Urge Congressmen Rigell, Wolf to Stop Student Rate Hike

Leaders of the Virginia Young Democrats joined student leaders from George Mason University and Old Dominion University this morning on a conference call urging Congressmen Rigell and Wolf to end the broken politics of Washington and stop student loan rates from doubling.



TOMORROW: Virginia Young Democrats and Student Leaders
to Hold Press Call Urging
Congressman Rigell, Wolf to Stop Student Loan Rate Spike

On June 18th at 10 a.m. EST, Virginia Young Democrats and student leaders from Old Dominion University and George Mason University will hold a press call urging Congressmen Frank Wolf and Congressman Scott Rigell to stop putting the broken politics of Washington over Virginia students and their families.

Have YOU voted yet?

Dear VAYDers -

The primary is nearly upon us and we need to make our voices heard on June 11th.

Primaries have some of the lowest voter turn-out and young people rarely vote in them - let's change that!Can you share this page with five friends and remind them to vote?

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