State Leaders Working to Pass Budget


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RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) -- State leaders are back at it, trying to agree on a state budget as the hold up continues to be Medicaid expansion.

One side pushing for the expansion will provide coverage for almost half a million people in the state, while the other says it's too costly.

Governor McAuliffe, in a briefing Monday morning, outlined his plan to expand Medicaid as part of a two-year pilot program that is federally funded.

This plan is tied into his budget proposal, which he hopes to have pass during this special session.

There have been calls recently for a clean budget, one not tied to the Medicaid expansion.

McAuliffe responded to that by saying there's nothing clean about sweeping under the rug these Virginians who need this coverage and expect us to act.

He called on lawmakers to put aside partisan politics and get the job done.

When asked if he would sign a budget not containing his plan for Medicaid expansion, McAuliffe didn't answer directly, but did say that he's confident that lawmakers will come together.


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