Virginia Medicaid Expansion Coming

Governor expected to sign legislation soon

May 31, 2018 - 3:42 pm

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's governor is set to sign legislation in coming days expanding Medicaid after years of partisan battle. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's approval will come after the state's Republican-controlled General Assembly ignored warnings from the White House against expanding the health care program for the poor.

The state Senate voted Wednesday in favor of a state budget that expands Medicaid. The House gave its final approval shortly afterward. Several Republicans in both chambers joined with Democrats to approve the measure.

Expanding Medicaid was a key provision of then-President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But Republican lawmakers said it was the Trump administration's embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid that help get the measured passed this year.

Approximately 400,000 additional Virginians could become eligible for health coverage under the expansion.


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