Virginia Lawmakers Still Trying to Negotiate Budget

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Virginia state lawmakers are still trying to negotiate a two year budget.

The two parties have not agreed on a plan surrounding Medicaid. Political analysts say there is a coverage gap for about 400,000 Virginians.

Lawmakers haven't been able to agree on whether to accept Medicaid funds. Governor Terry McAuliffe has urged members to make a decision. Supporters say it will help insure more people, but others say it will cost too much.

"The war is continuing between the Republicans and the Democrats and whether they can reach a compromise is hard to see. What the Republicans are arguing [is] basically we're spending too much money on Medicaid," said Dr. Bob Roberts, a James Madison University professor.

One Virginia State Senator who supports it says it would help ease anxiety for some families.

"So in case they or their kids get ill, they'll be taken care of. But also..they won't have the anxiety every night even if they're healthy. What happens if my wife gets sick tomorrow, what happens if my kid gets in an auto accident," said Senator Tim Kaine, a Democrat. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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