Medicaid expansion

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a new state budget that expands Medicaid to as many as 400,000 low-income adults.

The Democratic governor signed the legislation Thursday on the steps outside the state Capitol. He said the bipartisan compromise on Medicaid expansion is a stark contrast to the "chaos and partisan warfare" in national politics.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are expected to finalize work on a state budget that a top Republican state senator says is likely to include Medicaid expansion.

The state Senate is set to meet Tuesday at the Capitol.

Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment said last week that the Senate will pass a budget when it meets. And he said it's likely that it will include expanding Medicaid eligibility to 400,000 low-income adults.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia senators are putting off debate on the state budget and whether to expand Medicaid.

The Senate did not take up budget discussions Tuesday but instead scheduled a meeting next week for the Senate Finance Committee to take up a newly proposed budget plan.

Senate Republican Majority Leader Tommy Norment said he expects the upper chamber to pass a budget next week and it is "probable" that it will include Medicaid expansion.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Top Republican lawmakers in Virginia are unveiling a new budget proposal that will expand Medicaid, give state workers raises and boost the state's rainy-day fund.

Sen. Emmett Hanger and Republican Del. Chris Jones unveiled their plan Monday.

The plan will face its first big hurdle Tuesday when the Senate reconvenes. Republican leaders in the Senate oppose Medicaid expansion and could try and block Hanger and Jones' proposed budget.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia House of Delegates plans to reconvene next week in hopes of being able to finalize a state budget.

But the debate among Republican lawmakers over the expansion of Medicaid could hold things up.

GOP lawmakers in both chambers are currently split on whether to include Medicaid expansion in the state budget. The disagreement has led to a lengthy stalemate on the spending plan.

GOP Speaker Kirk Cox announced Thursday that the House would gavel in on May 23.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is inching closer to a government shutdown as Republican lawmakers continue to spar over whether to expand Medicaid.

Lawmakers failed to pass a state budget during the regular legislative session earlier this year because of a fight over expanding the health care program for the poor. After near unanimous opposition to Medicaid expansion for several years, Republicans in the GOP-led General Assembly are now split.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia House of Delegates has approved a state budget that would expand Medicaid eligibility to about 400,000 low-income adults.

The Republican-led House approved the state spending plan Tuesday with bipartisan support, but the measure still has to pass the state GOP-controlled Senate.

Lawmakers are taking another stab at passing a budget after attempts during the regular session ended in a stalemate over disagreement about Medicaid expansion, a key part of former President Barack Obama's health care law.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are coming back to the Capitol to try and pass a budget after failing to do so earlier this year.

Lawmakers are set to return Wednesday to open up a special session on the budget, but they aren't expected to do anything beyond procedural moves. Passage of a state spending plan is expected to take weeks or longer.

An intraparty feud between Republicans in the GOP-led General Assembly over whether to expand Medicaid has caused the budget stalemate.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A key Virginia Republican has signaled support for Medicaid expansion, a move that gives pro-expansion lawmakers a majority in both chambers of the General Assembly.

Virginia Beach Sen. Frank Wagner said in a statement Friday that he favors expanding Medicaid, enacting a new tax on hospitals, and using part of the extra money raised to give tax credits to lower income Virginians.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is set to introduce a new budget for next month's special session.

Northam will discuss his proposal at a meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The governor announced last week that he was calling state lawmakers back to work in April after they adjourned the regular 2018 session without passing a state spending plan.

The GOP-led General Assembly is split on whether to expand Medicaid to about 300,000 low-income Virginians. The House supports expansion while the Senate does not.