Riding the momentum from November’s elections, Democratic leaders in the states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise — to expand access to health care and make it more affordable.
Gov. Ralph Northam announced the enrollment in the new coverage under Medicaid expansion on Wednesday. The coverage is available to 19- to 64-year-olds who are not eligible for Medicare and meet income requirements,
The Department of Medical Assistance Services has set aside $750,000 to advertise Medicaid expansion through radio spots, billboards, digital advertising and bus ads ahead of the Jan. 1 implementation.
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s approval will come after the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly ignored warnings from the White House against expanding the health care program for the poor.
After months of inaction, Virginia’s General Assembly passed a budget Wednesday that expands Medicaid to around 300,000 low-income Virginians.
The Virginia Senate is set to pass a $115 billion two-year budget Wednesday that includes Medicaid expansion, but only after some significant drama Tuesday afternoon in the Senate Finance Committee.
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.
Medicaid expansion to around 300,000 low-income Virginians is likely in some form, even opponents of expansion said Monday, as the state Senate returned to Richmond to continue a special session.
Virginia’s General Assembly will not resolve a standoff over Medicaid expansion and the two-year state budget until at least next week, lawmakers said after they convened Wednesday for a special session.
Lawmakers in Richmond have failed to reach an agreement on a spending plan due to the disagreement over Medicaid expansion. Either the legislative session will need to be extended, or a special session will have to be called.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam struck an optimistic tone that he’ll be able to push through some key piece of his legislative agenda despite pushback from Republican lawmakers on some of his policies during his first week in office.
With just a few months left in office, Gov. Terry McAuliffe is once again calling for the Republican-led General Assembly to expand Medicaid. State lawmakers have refused to take accept millions of federal funding provided through the Affordable Care Act.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe would begin to charge some internet retailers a sales tax and would ask most executive branch agencies to trim their budgets to help close a more than $1 billion budget hole.
The latest showdown over expanding Medicaid in Virginia to cover about 400,000 more people could come down to private meetings between Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican finance leaders in the General Assembly.
State lawmakers are expected to renew their efforts to expand or reform Virginia\’s Medicaid program when the General Assembly convenes in January.
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