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House, Senate still at odds on Medicaid expansion

Wednesday - 12/4/2013, 8:25pm  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Members of a joint legislative commission looking at possible Medicaid expansion in Virginia remain at odds over the issue.

Sen. Emmett Hanger, chairman of the state's Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission, said Wednesday that House and Senate contingents on the commission are at "a bit of an impasse" over whether to recommend an expansion.

The commission was formed as a compromise in the last legislative session, when the Republican House expressed strong reservations about expansion, while the Senate, split between Democrats and Republicans, was more supportive.

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe is a supporter of expansion, saying it will allow Virginia to tap into federal money to provide health care for 400,000 Virginians.

Del. John O'Bannon, R-Henrico, said he and other House members want to see the system reformed before expanding it.

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