RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - General Assembly budget negotiators are putting the final touches on a possible compromise on Medicaid expansion, the biggest sticking point in adopting revisions to the state's two-year spending plan.
The Senate favored expanding Medicaid to an additional 400,000 uninsured Virginians just over the poverty level provided the state finds substantial savings and reforms and Washington agrees to them. The House version of the budget deferred the expansion until later.
House Majority Leader Kirk Cox says a proposed compromise calls for a 12-member commission, consisting of 10 lawmakers and two Cabinet officials, to determine when enough reforms have been achieved to begin expansion. Budget negotiators were still working on the details Friday afternoon in hopes of a final vote Saturday, the last day of the 2103 session.
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