Virginia House OKs budget including Medicaid expansion
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.