Virginia Senate approves budget with Medicaid expansion

The Virginia House of Delegates could prevent a government shutdown if they approve a budget approved by the Senate Wednesday that included Medicaid expansion. (WCYB Archive)

A spending plan for Virginia could be passed by the end of the week to prevent a government shutdown and make the state the 33rd in the country to expand Medicaid.

The Virginia Senate approved a budget Wednesday 23-17 that included the Medicaid amendment and the proposal goes before the House of Delegates.

The vote could bring billions of federal dollars to the state for medical care for low to moderate income residents. Delegate Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, broke ranks with fellow Republicans in February when he announced his plans to support a budget that would include health care coverage for thousands of residents in Southwest Virginia in an effort to help make that part of the state healthier while assisting working families.

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