Will Virginia Expand Medicaid?
The Virginia General Assembly convened this year without a budget because the House and Senate were unable to come to an agreement on Medicaid expansion (the House supports expansion, the Senate does not).
To address the budget impasse, Governor Northam called a special session on April 11 to address the budget, and the Virginia House of Delegates again approved a state budget that will expand Medicaid eligibility, and coverage for emergency dental extractions, to about 400,000 low-income Virginia adults.
Now all eyes are on the Senate, which will convene to take up budget discussions on May 14. There appears to be momentum toward expansion, as two republican senators recently went on record expressing support for Medicaid expansion; however, Senate Finance Committee chair Tommy Norment remains staunchly opposed.
While we wait for the Senate to convene, take a moment to let your senator know how you feel about Medicaid expansion.