VA on track to expand Medicaid: NC GOP pays heavier political price for opposition

February 28th, 2013 by Chloe Morgan

From the NC Justice Center 2.25.13:

NC Health Report: VA on track to expand Medicaid: NC GOP pays heavier political price for opposition.

Reports indicate Republicans have compromised in Virginia and are on track to accept federal money to cover more people under Medicaid next year starting July 1, 2014.  This is six months later than the January 1, 2014 start date that federal money is available, but Virginia legislators have some reforms they want implemented in the program before they expand.  Legislators have appropriated any money necessary to fund the expansion and charged a special committee to certify the reforms are in place so the expansion can proceed.

With both GOP-led Florida and now GOP-led Virginia moving toward Medicaid expansion, North Carolina GOP members of the General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory are looking increasingly out of touch. I wrote extensively last week about the effect of the Florida decision to expand coverage on NC, arguing that the expansion decision put increasing pressure on NC politicians to get out of the corner they have painted themselves into by loudly rejecting federal money for Medicaid expansion.

The Virginia decision to expand only redoubles this pressure.

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