McAuliffe travels Va. touting Medicaid expansion


WISE, Va. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is traveling to hospitals around Virginia to try pressuring Republicans into supporting expanded Medicaid eligibility.

The General Assembly adjourned Saturday without passing a biennial budget. House Republicans oppose expanding Medicaid eligibility to 400,000 low-income residents, saying the state can't afford the long-term cost of such a large expansion.

The federal government has pledged to cover the bulk of the expansion, and McAuliffe has argued the state can't afford to pass up the federal funds.

McAuliffe plans to visit cash-strapped hospitals to highlight the need for Medicaid expansion. He recently visited health care centers in Southwest Virginia.

McAuliffe has scheduled a special session for March 24.

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