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Senate, General Assembly approve budget, expanding Medicaid to 400,000

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RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- The Virginia state budget for the upcoming year passed in both chambers at the statehouse Wednesday.

The budget includes a Medicaid expansion that would provide healthcare for 400,000 people.

The passage ends years of partisan gridlock over healthcare reform for poor Virginians.

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The expansion made it through the Senate earlier Wednesday, but it was up to the Republican led General Assembly to give the budget the final approval.

The next step in the process is for Governor Northam to sign the budget in the next few days.

“This budget doesn’t just expand healthcare access to those who need it most, it also invests in core economic priorities like education and workforce training and significantly increases the cash reserves that insulate our state finances from economic disruption," Governor Northam said.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Virginia will be the 33rd state to expand Medicaid.

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