Medicaid Expansion

Four years ago, Terry McAuliffe was elected on, partly, a platform of expanding Medicaid. So far, he has been unable to deliver on that promise. But Democrats are hoping his last budget will plant the seeds for that to happen after he’s no longer in office.

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  Recent wins by state Democrats are giving new energy to the fight to expand Medicaid. Advocates held a series of events around the state Friday to draw attention to the issue.

Virginia’s budget is growing, and a recent report shows the biggest culprit is health insurance for the poor.

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400,000 Virginians could get health insurance if the state makes it easier to enroll in Medicaid. Wednesday lawmakers meet in Richmond for one final day of the legislative session. They’ll have another shot at providing Medicaid to people who are poor or disabled but don’t now qualify. 

Mapping Potential Medicaid Expansion

Mar 30, 2017
Evan Vucci / AP

Throughout Virginia, 400,000 people who live in poverty or with disabilities stand to benefit it Medicaid is expanded. Where are they? Michael Pope is mapping the geography of Virginia’s hottest political debate.