Virginia governor reveals plans for modest Medicaid expansion using federal funds

September 07, 2014

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe revealed his plan for a modest expansion of Medicaid which would extend coverage to about 25,000 uninsured Virginians - just one-tenth of those who would have benefited from a full expansion of the program under the ACA. McAuliffe announced more modest health measures that his administration said would expand or improve care for about 200,000 Virginians, specifically individuals with mental illnesses, low-income children, pregnant women and veterans. His plan relies heavily on help from the federal government. The governor pledged to apply for "every federal grant currently available" to improve healthcare, even if he is forced to act without the support of the state's GOP-controlled legislature. The state already secured a $4.3 million federal grant, which McAuliffe said would help enroll 160,000 Virginians in the federal marketplace.
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