Virginia lawmakers vote down proposed Medicaid expansion

The Virginia House of Delegates rejected expanding the state's Medicaid program under the ACA Wednesday, according to Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The vote was 66-34 against Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's proposed budget amendment for Medicaid expansion.

But Wednesday's vote doesn't mean Virginia is through discussing healthcare reform. A new joint legislative subcommittee, which is designed to keep a watch on potential healthcare changes at the national level and consider improvements within the state, can discuss healthcare at future meetings, according to the report.

"We need to do it in a fiscally responsible way that doesn't bust the budget," Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Augusta, said before Wednesday's vote, according to the report.

 

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