House panel OKs bill with Med­i­caid work re­quire­ment change

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RICH­MOND — A com­mit­tee of Vir­ginia law­mak­ers has ad­vanced a bud­get plan ex­pand­ing Med­i­caid but tight­en­ing part of a work re­quire­ment plan House law­mak­ers ap­proved ear­lier this year. The House Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee ap­proved two bills on bi­par­ti­san votes Fri­day, send­ing them to the full cham­ber.

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 fi­nal deal could be weeks away.

The bills ad­vanced Fri­day are largely the same as ones the House passed dur­ing its reg­u­lar ses­sion. But one of sev­eral new amend­ments added Fri­day would mean cer­tain Med­i­caid re­cip­i­ents who don't meet work re­quire­ments for any three months out of a 12-month pe­riod would likely be re­moved from the pro­gram.

The re­quire­ments can be met in var­i­ous ways, in­clud­ing job search ac­tiv­i­ties.

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