Neighbor State Virginia to Expand Medicaid
Our neighbor state of Virginia looks to be finally ready to follow in the footsteps of West Virginia and expand Medicaid to more low-income adults without health insurance. Virginia's expansion will cover as many as 400,000 low-income people. West Virginia expanded Medicaid back in 2014. Virginia will become the 33rd state, along with Washington, DC, to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
The Senate voted today, May 30th, to approve a budget that will allow the Medicaid expansion. The House had already voted in favor of the expansion but will have to vote again before the bill can go to Governor Northam (D). The Governor supports the expansion and has made it a priority for his administration. Virginia will rely on provider taxes to fund the cost of the expansion.
Many of us in West Virginia are thrilled to see our neighbors in Virginia take this important step forward.