Virginia leads the country in percentage of uninsured

Nationwide, the number of uninsured individuals is decreasing. Virginia, however, continues to trail behind as the state is home to the largest percentage of uninsured people compared with the rest of the U.S. (WAMU, 5/26)

That’s a trend not likely to change anytime soon. The main reason for that is how the Medicaid system works in Virginia, creating the region’s strictest limits on who can qualify for health insurance for people with low income and disabilities.

“We have women who are not covered in Virginia who would be covered in Maryland or in D.C.,” says Anne Rorem at the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. “In Virginia, we see that pregnant women are covered under Medicaid up to 143 percent of the poverty level, which means that they are living above poverty. But not all that much above poverty.”

Maryland has about 12 percent of its population uninsured. In D.C., it’s 8 percent. But across the Potomac in Virginia, 14 percent of the population has no health insurance. One explanation for that is that the General Assembly has blocked efforts to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

COMMUNITY | Leadership Montgomery seeks a president and CEO to lead the organization and build upon their 26-year history of leadership development in Montgomery County, MD. To learn more about the position and Leadership Montgomery, click here.

PHILANTHROPY | The Catalogue for Philanthropy has released the list of nonprofit organizations in the region that will make up their Catalogue Class of 2015-16. Check out the full list here.

ENVIRONMENT | The District was named number three in a ranking of the most energy-efficient cities, just behind Boston and New York. The study, by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, recommends that the city could improve by developing “a specific energy target for drinking water and wastewater treatment services.” (WBJ, 5/22)

Related: A new initiative has been launched in Prince George’s County, under the banner of the Community Wealth Building Initiative (CWBI), known as the Community CleanWater Management Group, Inc. The  business is geared toward clean water services. Read more about the first CWBI business in the region here. (Daily, 2/18)

– A lack of affordable housing in the region isn’t just a tough reality for a number of families. It also has become a major hindrance for local musicians. (WAMU, 5/22)

– In D.C., Homeless Filmmakers Tell Stories from the Street (City Lab, 5/21)

FOOD | Opinion: In order to better serve clients and maximize resources, some food pantries are moving toward digitizing services, which may prove to be beneficial for everyone involved. (NYT, 5/22)

How about a Memorial Day Quiz?

– Ciara