Medicaid Expansion Still An Issue in Budgets

By: Brendan Ponton Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Lawmakers in Richmond are working on the state's two-year budget plan Monday.

The House of Delegates and the Senate will each produce a budget plan.

Virginia's possible Medicaid expansion is a big issue for both of these budgets.

The House of Delegates plan does not expand Medicaid; however, it does offer money for state hospitals, like U Va. or VCU.

On the other hand, the Senate's plan offers a compromise for Medicaid expansion called Marketplace Virginia.

In the Senate plan, there would be ways for people to buy into private insurance, instead of expanding the overall program.

Many Republicans don't like that option either and Dr. Bob Roberts, a political analyst at JMU, said it's hard to say which side will come out on top.

"I have no prediction of who's going to blink. You can't see a compromise. I can't really see a compromise between the two. In other words, there's such a gap between the Senate version and the House version," said Roberts.

Once the two respective chambers vote on the plans, the two chambers are supposed to work something out together before the end of the session next month.

If they cannot and this drags on into the summer the state government in Richmond could shut down.


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