Arkansas Governor Signs Bill Keeping Medicaid Expansion

11 March, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • This is a change lawmakers have considered several years now. It passed the House last legislative session but later died in a committee. Source WLBT

For the first time since the late 80s, West Virginia lawmakers are on track to pass the budget within the 60-day session. After the House of Delegates votes on their version and a conference committee meets, it will be sent to the governor for his signature.

But he felt a lot more so after Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, issued a statement saying the "House budget includes a plan to work with the Trump administration" to expand Medicaid while saying the Senate version "includes a plan to expand the current Medicaid program at a cost of $440 million with no funding to pay for it".

The House included Medicaid expansion in its budget proposal.

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"The New Hampshire Granite Advantage Health Care Program supported today achieves our goals of continuing to provide health care to 50,000 citizens while saving taxpayers money through a managed care system and is funded without new or increased taxes or fees on Granite Staters", said Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem. Blair. "This is a historical event".

In Byron's view, the House plan for Virginia to fully implement Obamacare by expanding Medicaid eligibility would be fiscally irresponsible, and "because I take the General Assembly's responsibility to enact a budget very seriously, I wanted to vote for a fiscally responsible budget". The budget would extend health coverage to almost 400,000 Virginians.

Gov. Ralph Northam could also call a special session.

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But most Republicans in both chambers still oppose Medicaid expansion, and leaders in the state Senate said going home isn't going to change their mind.

Earlier on Thursday, Jones asked the House to not act on Senate Bill 915, proposed by Sen.

While the regular General Assembly session ends Saturday, the threat of the state's first government shutdown does not come into play until the end of the budget year on June 30. As Del. Kathy Byron, who represents a large northeastern area of Franklin County, explained in her weekly newsletter: "Effectively, the House budget is putting the Commonwealth's fiscal future at grave risk, signing onto a funding stream that the White House and Republicans in Congress are committed to abolishing".

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