Virginia’s electoral changes boost Medicaid expansion odds

(Richmond, Va.) (AP) — This week’s groundswell of political change in Virginia has improved the odds of Medicaid expansion becoming law there. The long-stalled liberal priority gained new life after Democrats nearly wiped out Republicans’ overwhelming majority in the House of Delegates.

It had repeatedly failed when Republicans controlled two-thirds of the chamber.

Control of the House is still up in the air, with a couple of close races yet to be called. Democrats say they believe they can get Medicaid expansion passed even if Republicans retain a slim majority.

Gov.-elect Ralph Northam said he’s going to make it a top priority. Republican leaders say they still oppose expanding the health care program for the poor, saying its long-term costs are too high.

Meanwhile, Medicaid expansion also won voter approval in a Maine referendum.

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