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Virginia House And Senate Continue To Spar Over Medicaid Funding

Virginia House And Senate Continue To Spar Over Medicaid Funding

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The House of Delegates and State Senate have unveiled rival versions of Virginia’s next budget, and they remain at odds over whether federal money should be used to expand health insurance coverage to low income Virginians. Leaders of the Democrat-controlled Senate want publicly funded private health insurance coverage for people who earn too much to qualify for the current Medicaid program. The targeted group does not make enough to get tax credits from the federal Affordable Care Act. The Republican-controlled House is not willing to expand Medicaid eligibility, but its leaders have added $118 million for Virginia hospitals. That includes the University of Virginia Medical Center (pictured). Governor McAuliffe says he’s disappointed that the House continues to oppose an expansion of the Medicaid rolls.

 

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