Tomorrow(April 1) at 2pm, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on both Governor McAuliffe’s introduced budget, which expands Virginia’s Medicaid program and the House of Delegates budget, which does not. Craig Carper reports.
Analyst Jeff Schapiro says there's been no progress in resolving the state budget conflict.
Governor Terry McAuliffe says he did not approve language in the e-mail announcing his political action committee stating that high-level donors would get access to the Governor and other policy makers. Craig Carper reports.
The House of Delegates has passed its budget without any form of Medicaid expansion and adjourned until April 7th. Craig Carper reports.
In a busy first day in the General Assembly’s special session, Governor McAuliffe introduced a new budget, only to have it rejected hours later by the House of Delegates. The Senate adjourned for two weeks. The centerpiece of McAuliffe’s budget is a two-year trial expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. McAuliffe presented a letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services granting federal permission for a two-year pilot program with no penalty for cancellation.
The General Assembly returns to Richmond today to begin a special session to reach an agreement on the state’s two-year, ninety six billion dollar budget and to resolve the question of whether Virginia should accept 2 billion dollars in federal funding to expand the state’s Medicaid program. Craig Carper reports.
WCVE analyst Jeff Schapiro says Virginia lawmakers are no closer to breaking the budget impasse.
Jeff Schapiro analyzes Virginia political news for WCVE News.
Those on both sides of the debate on the State Senate’s federally funded, private insurance-based Medicaid expansion alternative are taking their message on the road. Craig Carper reports from a Republican event at Lundie Insurance in Colonial Heights.
With no resolution in sight on the Senate’s private insurance based Medicaid expansion alternative, Marketplace Virginia, the General Assembly is poised to adjourn on Saturday without a budget. The Governor has been touring hospitals and clinics around the state in an effort to build support for expansion.