RICHMOND — Medicaid will not be expanded in Virginia under Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
In a straight party line vote on Wednesday, the House of Delegates voted 66-34 to not adopt the governor’s budget amendment to expand the health-care program to an estimated 400,000 Virginians.
The budget amendment was one of 27 the governor recommended as part of the “veto day” session, when state representatives gather at the General Assembly to review vetoed legislation and proposed budget amendments.
All local state legisaltors — Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville; Del. Chris Collins, R-Frederick County; Del. Randy Minchew, R-Leesburg and Del. Dave LaRock, R-Hamilton — have opposed Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act of 2010.
If passed, the program would have widened the definition of qualifications for Medicaid in the state. The program gives health care to the needy and would have been paid for mostly by the federal government on a 90/10 split with the state under the Affordable Care Act. Virginia is one of 31 states to not expand Medicaid under the 2010 law.
Local legislators have expressed concerns about affording the 10 percent and about not trusting the split to remain 90/10 over time.
Medicaid expansion is primed to be a topic in the upcoming gubernatorial general election, which is Nov. 7. McAullife, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election, as state law prohibits governors in Virginia from serving consecutive terms.
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