Gov. Northam renews call for Medicaid expansion in Va.

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, center. Photo from Ralph Northam Facebook page.

(AP) – Gov. Ralph Northam is renewing his call for the General Assembly to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income Virginians.

During a press conference Wednesday, Northam unveiled the budget he will propose to lawmakers when they return for a special session in April. It includes language that would expand Medicaid.

Lawmakers adjourned the regular session earlier this month without passing a budget due to an impasse between the House and Senate over Medicaid expansion. The House supported it while the Senate did not. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans.

Northam, a Democrat, says his proposal will "guide the discussion," but he's open to working with both chambers.

The state government will shut down on July 1 if no budget is passed.

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