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Virginia's Electoral Changes Boost Medicaid Expansion Odds

Posted: 11/10/2017 07:35:00 -05:00 Updated:
Virginia Gov.-elect, Ralph Northam gestures during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.  (Photo: AP) Virginia Gov.-elect, Ralph Northam gestures during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (Photo: AP)

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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