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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Medicaid Expansion, the Budget, and a Special Session

Virginia's legislature adjourned on March 11, 2018, without a budget.  The House and Republican members of the Senate remain deeply divided on the issue of Medicaid expansion; the House budget included federal dollars to expand Medicaid to nearly 300,000 low income Virginians, and the Senate budget did not. 

The Governor has called for a special session on April 11.  At the special session, legislators will reconvene to adopt a budget (some procedural actions may occur prior to the special session).  Legislators are back in their districts now, which provides a perfect opportunity to contact them about the importance of Medicaid expansion. 

Please take a moment to: 

  • Thank members of the House of Delegates and Senate Democrats for their support of expansion; and, 
  • Ask Republican Senators to follow the House's bipartisan lead and support Medicaid expansion. 

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Check out NPR's nice write up on the status of Medicaid expansion in Virginia for more background information. 

Please direct questions to Sarah Bedard Holland at sholland@vaoralhealth.org or 804.269.8721.

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