Virginia will expand Medicaid to all adults under the Affordable Care Act now that the Virginia legislature has passed the necessary legislation. The expansion is estimated to cover up to 400,000 residents.
Virginia is the latest state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act after a Supreme Court Case made the provision optional. All “blue” states and some “red” states have expanded in the years since the ACA went into effect, but many red states have not.
Virginia, being more a “purple” state (meaning controlled by both Democrats and Republicans), saw all state Senate Democrats and four Republicans come together to pass a plan for Medicaid expansion following the key election of Gov. Ralph Northam (Northam, a Democrat who won a recent key election, ran on passing Medicaid Expansion). The House of Delegates later approved the measure 67 to 31.
It was a long four year effort, but the end result is that ultimately both sides have come together to expand Medicaid under Northam.
Read more about the story at the WashingtonPost.com: Virginia General Assembly approves Medicaid expansion to 400,000 low-income residents.