Request for special session to work on state budget


"The governor has been very clear that he prefers a budget that includes (Medicaid) coverage expansion as soon as possible", Coy said.

Virginia supporters of Medicaid expansion have new hope that the state will approve the program this year.

Some lawmakers in Lansing want people to work to get Medicaid.

However, Norment said he's strongly opposed to expansion. So far, there has not been an agreement.

After the House of Delegates refused to accept a state Senate resolution calling for a special session on the budget, Senate Majority Leader

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"We've already dealt with all that we can", Jones said. He added that a break from the capital could help dislodge the logjam.

The two House Republicans - who both voted against their chamber's budget because of Medicaid expansion - said they were looking for more information about the Senate's position for members of their own caucus.

"We are playing party games, Democrats, Republicans, and that's not right", said Sen.

A federal-state collaboration originally meant for poor families and severely disabled people, Medicaid has grown to become the largest government health insurance program, now covering 1 in 5 people. While we didn't see any competitive races around GOP-dominated Franklin County, Democrats turned out in droves across the state, not just in the dependably Democratic veins of Northern Virginia and the urban crescent. Former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe tried unsuccessfully to force the issue in 2014, leading to a prolonged budget stalemate that Republicans eventually won. And an anti-Trump backlash past year helped Democrats gain seats at the General Assembly and give the issue new life. Pro-Medicaid expansion Republicans have said they were also swayed by the Trump administration's embrace of work requirements for some Medicaid recipients.

On Friday, he issued a statement applying to Governor Ralph Northam to convene a special session to allow lawmakers to continue working on a two-year state budget.