Virginia, after 5 years, passes Medicaid expansion

The Virginia legislature voted this week to expand Medicaid coverage for about 400,000 poor people in the state. The move, which comes after a 5-year battle and despite opposition from the White House, makes Virginia the 33rd state to approve Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The Virginia legislature voted this week to expand Medicaid coverage for about 400,000 poor people in the state. The move, which comes after a 5-year battle and despite opposition from the White House, makes Virginia the 33rd state to approve Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The Republican-controlled Senate voted Wednesday on a state budget expanding Medicaid, and the House of Delegates, which had previously backed the measure, gave its final approval soon after.