Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

June 20, 2014

McAuliffe vetoes part of Virginia budget — says he will expand Affordable Care Act on his own

RICHMOND, Va. —  Gov. Terry McAuliffe vowed Friday to bypass the General Assembly and expand Medicaid eligibility for about 400,000 low-income residents on his own.

At a news conference, McAuliffe outlined several vetoes to a proposed budget recently passed by the state legislature.

The Democratic governor said his staff is looking at several options to expand Medicaid and will move forward in the coming months. McAuliffe had tried for months to convince Republican state lawmakers to approve some form of Medicaid expansion.

But he said Friday he has “no illusions” that Republicans were interested in compromising on the issue.

“They have turned their back, time and time again,” McAuliffe said.

Lawmakers passed a two-year budget last week that did not include expanding Medicaid eligibility. McAuliffe and most Democratic lawmakers support expanding Medicaid, while most Republicans oppose it.

The battle over Medicaid expansion led to a months-long impasse over the budget that threatened a potential state government shutdown. The impasse was broken when a Democratic state senator abruptly resigned, giving Republicans control of both chambers in the General Assembly.

 

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