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Assembly passes budget without Medicaid expansion

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Also: Local leaders react to budget situation

By Landmark News Service

RICHMOND — Averting a potential government shutdown with less than three weeks to spare, the General Assembly passed an austere two-year budget June 12 after hours of behind-the-scenes wrangling over the thorny issue of Medicaid expansion.

The spending plan does not include a provision aimed at expanding the federal/state health insurance program for low-income people, a cornerstone of the federal health care overhaul that was left as an option to the states.


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