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Governor: No Medicaid expansion for Virginia

By Julie Newman, jnewman@wcyb.com
Published On: Mar 11 2013 01:54:06 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 05 2013 02:48:05 PM CST
RICHMOND, Va. -

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has ruled out a Medicaid expansion for the Commonwealth.

Under fire from conservatives in his own Republican party, the governor says the expansion of the federal-state health program is his prerogative, and it’s not up to a commission.

McDonnell agreed just before the legislature adjourned to let a commission assess whether daunting reforms, which are necessary to expand Medicaid, had been met.

Without it, Senate Democrats would have doomed his signature transportation funding legislation.