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Gov. McAuliffe's 2-year Pilot Medicaid Expansion Proposal Rejected

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House Republicans rejected a two-year pilot plan from Governor Terry McAuliffe for an expanded Medicaid program in Virginia.

Lawmakers left Richmond two weeks ago without a budget. This week they're back on the job, but little has changed.

“I think we've got a ways to go, and we'll see how it unfolds,” said 76th District Delegate Chris Jones (R).

It was a very partisan disagreement that held up negotiations before - whether or not to expand Medicaid health coverage to thousands of low-income Virginians under the Affordable Care Act. It's an idea Democrats support, but House Republicans are still skeptical.

McAuliffe proposed trying expansion for two years while the feds pay for it, to see what happens, but Monday, House Republicans nixed it.

Now, as negotiations continue, are we any closer to a deal? Maybe, maybe not.

“I can't answer that, we're just first day back,” Jones said.

“It certainly adds another ingredient into a recipe that we're trying to come up with to address this impasse,” Norment said.

McAuliffe wants state lawmakers to find a compromise within the next three weeks.

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