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McAuliffe Intrigued By Hanger Medicaid Budget Compromise

Governor Terry McAuliffe says he’s intrigued by the compromise offered by Republican Senator Emmett Hanger, to the stalemate on the state budget and the issue of Medicaid expansion. Hanger has proposed decoupling Medicaid expansion from state budget negotiations in exchange for reforms to the legislative panel charged with the final say on the passage of any expansion plan.

Governor McAuliffe says he wants to get further specifics from Senator Hanger on his proposal and to provide input on legislative language to draft a bill, that he would ultimately have to introduce as it is outside of the regular legislative session.

Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw has dismissed Hanger’s plan but House Republicans have called the plan encouraging.