What is the Future of Medicaid in Virginia?

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- As it stands, the state budget bill does not include Medicaid expansion.

Governor McAuliffe will have seven days to act once he's formally presented the budget next week.

A budget amendment prevents Gov. McAuliffe from expanding Medicaid through executive action.

The governor says he has not decided whether to sign, veto, or try and amend the budget.

But, Gov. McAuliffe has vowed not to sign a budget that does not allow Medicaid.

An expansion would mean coverage for an additional 400,000 low-income Virginians.

"Most people are speculating he's going to seek an amendment to it.
He'll send amendments back to the legislature. They'll then reject the amendments and then he'll be forced to make that decision again, whether to sign it or to veto it," said political analyst Bob Roberts.

Gov. McAuliffe has said he'll carefully evaluate the budget bill. He has not ruled out trying to bypass the legislature to expand Medicaid.

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