Vir­ginia House OKs bud­get in­clud­ing Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion

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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 spend­ing plan last week with bi­par­ti­san support, but the mea­sure still has to pass the GOP-con­trolled state Se­nate. Law­mak­ers are tak­ing an­other stab at pass­ing a bud­get af­ter at­tempts dur­ing the reg­u­lar ses­sion ended in a stale­mate over Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion. Af­ter years of near-uni­fied op­po­si­tion to Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion, Vir­ginia Repub­li­cans are now split on the is­sue. The pro­posed bud­get now moves to the Se­nate, which has pre­vi­ously re­jected Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion. But pro-ex­pan­sion law­mak­ers are now in the ma­jor­ity af­ter a GOP member re­cently an­nounced his support.

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