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Virginia Lawmakers Schedule Special Session To Debate Medicaid Expansion

Republican legislative leaders in Virginia are scheduling a special session in September to debate whether to expand Medicaid eligibility, something GOP lawmakers have already made clear they oppose.

House Speaker Bill Howell and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment are planning to call a special session in late September.

They said the special session was a fulfillment of promises Republicans made during a months-long budget impasse earlier this year to give a full and fair debate to Medicaid expansion, which both Howell and Norment said they continue to oppose.

Most Republicans oppose expanding Medicaid, while Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and most Democratic lawmakers support it. The governor has vowed to try and expand federally funded healthcare for the poor without legislative approval.

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