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House, Senate clash on Medicaid expansion

The House of Delegates voted 68-32 to endorse a bipartisan state budget plan that includes a version of Medicaid expansion, with a group of Valley Republican delegates including Ben Cline and Steve Landes leading the no votes.

House, Senate Democrats list Medicaid expansion as top legislative priority

Virginia House and Senate Democrats said Thursday that extending access to affordable health care to nearly 400,000 hardworking Virginians through Medicaid expansion is their top joint legislative goal.

Medicaid expansion is not going to happen anytime soon

Virginia Democrats, on Election Night, and the first few days after, were in celebration mood, after their historic gains in the November House elections.

Kaine, Warner introduce bill to strengthen federal support for Medicaid expansion

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senate colleagues to introduce the States Achieve Medicaid Expansion Act of 2016.

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McAuliffe makes hard sell on Medicaid expansion, but gives himself an out

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is again making the case for expansion of the state’s Medicaid system, but he’s aware that it will be a hard sell.

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What are the political prospects for Medicaid expansion?

If elections were based purely on facts, Medicaid expansion would be a sure winner. The White House Council of Economic Advisors issued a report recently that said expansion would reach an additional 179,000 Virginia residents with lifesaving care. The report also said Virginia will miss out on $1.24 billion in federal funding in 2016 by not expanding Medicaid.

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Virginia Organizing: House GOP fails to address Medicaid gap in budget

Virginia Organizing Chairperson Sandra A. Cook issued the following statement in response to the General Assembly’s failure to include Medicaid expansion in the state budget.

Democrat letter details impact of Medicaid expansion in Virginia

The House Democratic Caucus delivered letters to members of the House of Delegates that break down how many Virginians in each House district would benefit from the acceptance of over $1 billion of federal Medicaid expansion funds.

Planned Parenthood applauds Governor’s Medicaid announcement

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia praised the announcement by Governor McAuliffe to include funding for Medicaid expansion in his budget as demonstrating his commitment to the 400,000 hardworking Virginians in need of affordable healthcare.

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Mark Obenshain: Why McAuliffe can’t expand Medicaid

Governor McAuliffe has been looking for a way to expand Medicaid over the objections of many in the General Assembly, and the legislature has stood firm in opposition.

Lieutenant Governor Northam applauds McAuliffe’s healthcare initiatives

In response to today’s announcement by Governor McAuliffe that the Commonwealth will provide additional healthcare coverage and services to 200,000 Virginians, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement.

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Dickie Bell statement on budget vote

The Virginia General Assembly passed the state’s two-year budget late Thursday, sending the budget to the desk of Governor Terry McAuliffe for final approval.

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam concludes Southside, Southwest VA swing

This afternoon Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam finished a two-day barnstorm trip through Southwest and Southside Virginia, his first as the Commonwealth’s lieutenant governor.

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Dickie Bell: Majority oppose expansion of Medicaid

I have listened to the people that I represent, and though they may not all be shouting at a town hall meeting, the majority of folks who have emailed and called my office over the last few months have been against the expansion of Medicaid.

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Sam Rasoul: General Assembly Update

Some quick updates from the veto and special sessions:

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Sam Rasoul: General Assembly update

The General Assembly adjourned on Saturday, March 8th. The state budget, however, remains to be finalized.

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Mark Obenshain: Medicaid expansion by any other name

Medicaid expansion is back, only now it goes by another name. With entrenched positions established on Medicaid expansion, some legislators are floating an alternative plan involving premium assistance run through the new federally-facilitated exchange, a plan termed “Marketplace Virginia.” It would probably help to unpack a bit.

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Kirk Cox: Medicaid expansion a ‘bad choice’ for Virginia

Medicaid expansion was a pressing issue last year and it’s an even more consequential issue this year. My office has received several inquiries from constituents on the status of Medicaid expansion in Virginia and where I stand on the issue.

Gov. McAuliffe announces proposed state budget amendments

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced his proposed amendments to the current budget and the upcoming biennial budget today at a press conference in Richmond.

Sen. Janet Howell: Democratic response to State of the Commonwealth

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) delivered the Democratic rebuttal to Gov. McDonnell’s final state of the commonwealth address. She highlighted areas where Democrats and Gov. McDonnell worked together, and new opportunities for the future.

Medicaid expansion and Virginia’s job gap

Virginia Organizing released on Wednesday a report authored by the Alliance for a Just Society detailing the living wage “job gap” in Virginia and the case for Medicaid expansion in Virginia. This is the 15th year the report has been produced.