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Lawmakers Head Back for Special Session to Pass Budget

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RICHMOND, Va (WVIR) -

Virginia lawmakers are getting ready to head back to Richmond for a special session Monday to try to pass the state's two year budget. Medicaid expansion remains the big sticking point.

The debate right now is whether or not to approve an expansion of Medicaid services to people who earn too much to qualify for the Affordable Care Act, but too little to qualify for Medicaid. That's around 400,000 Virginians.

Republicans say the Medicaid debate should be resolved separately from the budget. Many house democrats argue the expansion is too important to too many Virginians to pass up.

“The big issue is going to be whether or not we're going to close the coverage gap by taking back about $5 million a day in our money that's flowing out of Virginia right now and going to Washington to be spent in other states,” said Del. David Toscano.

Republicans claim democrats are trying to use a potential government shutdown as leverage to get the expansion approved.

The deadline to get an official state budget approved is June 30.

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