McAuliffe to announce Virginia's healthcare plans

September 05, 2014

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to unveil his plan to increase healthcare coverage for the state's poor. The governor unsuccessfully tried to persuade Republican lawmakers to expand Medicaid during this year's legislative session. The impasse led to a protracted stalemate over the state budget that ended with a GOP victory. In June, McAuliffe ordered Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. William A. Hazel Jr. to present a plan no later than Sept. 1 on options the governor can exercise to expand healthcare coverage for low-income Virginians. Republicans have said the governor does not have the legal authority to expand Medicaid unilaterally.