Health Care

Virginia Senate passes budget with Medicaid expansion

Virginia Senate passes budget with Medicaid expansion

"While no compromise is ideal, it is a true bipartisan effort that will make our communities healthier, and I'm grateful to the legislators and Governor Northam who are working tirelessly to get it over the finish line", said Virginia Sen.

Ralph Northam, a pediatrician and Army doctor by trade, planning to sign the measure into law, Virginians and advocates for Medicaid expansion welcomed the development but emphasized the dangers of the caveat, which, as research from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has shown, "will nearly certainly cause many low-income adults to lose health coverage".

Virginia joins 32 states that have that have already expanded Medicaid. The House gave its final approval shortly afterward.

"Going forward, my team and I will review this budget when it reaches my desk to ensure that there are no technical issues or unintended problems that may warrant an amendment and act upon it as quickly as possible.", Northam said. He is expected to sign it into law.

Sen. Tommy Norment led the charge against expansion, citing concerns that it would lead to heavy costs for the state in the future and said the debate has gotten too negative.

Virginia lawmakers are set to end a budget stalemate and pass Medicaid expansion. It was a stunning turn of events after decades of rule by Republicans.

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While the budget bill is a big deal for progressive advocates, there's a catch.

LaRock said he is concerned the Trump administration will make moves to pass the associated costs of federal health care laws along to the states. The budget includes a provision which asks the federal government to approve work requirements for newly covered starting in January 2019. The minimum number of hours a month would steadily increase while the person was on Medicaid before topping out at 80 hours a month after a year. Emmett Hanger, R-Augusta, that would expand Medicaid with billions in federal funding and a pair of new taxes on hospital revenues to pay for it. But it's unclear how the state will do that. I hope I do not have to explain this one more time. Some 138,000 residents fell in the coverage gap, as they earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but too little to qualify for subsidized private insurance available on the Obamacare marketplace. Leaders in the House and the Senate said they feared the federal government would renege on its funding promise, sticking Virginia with an unbearable tab.

"The loudest voices in this long-standing conversation on Medicaid expansion have been those of Virginians".

"I'm thrilled that today, Virginia has finally moved to expand Medicaid, which will help hundreds of thousands of people get the care they need". He reportedly tried to dissuade Senate Republicans from voting for Medicaid expansion, claiming federal lawmakers are trying to repeal Obamacare.

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, a pediatrician who made Medicaid expansion a centerpiece of his campaign in 2017, is expected to sign the legislation soon.

State Senator Ben Chafin, one other Republican, additionally voted for Medicaid growth on Wednesday. A ballot measure in Utah will allow voters to decide on the issue, while activists in Idaho and Nebraska are collecting signatures for similar ballot measures in those states.


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