Virginia lawmakers at impasse on Medicaid expansion

For the second time in four years, it looks like Virginia legislators will be working overtime to try and pass a state budget. (WCYB Archive)

A top Virginia lawmaker says the General Assembly won't be passing a state budget on time. It's the second time in four years that disagreements over Medicaid expansion have led to a budget impasse.

Republican House Appropriations Chairman Del. Chris Jones said Thursday that the House and the Senate will not be able to come up with a compromise state budget by Saturday, when the 2018 session is set to end.

Republicans are split on whether to expand Medicaid in Virginia, one of 18 states that have rejected expanding the health care program for the poor under former President Barack Obama's health care law. The GOP-led House supports Medicaid expansion while the GOP-led Senate opposes it.

The state government will shut down if no budget is passed by July.

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