State Sen. Emmett Hanger seeks a compromise on the issue that threatens to shut down the state government because it has deadlocked negotiations on the budget.
The Washington Post: Va. Republican Offers Plan To End Medicaid Deadlock
A key Republican ally in Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s bid to expand health coverage for the poor offered a plan Thursday to a break a months-long deadlock on the issue. But he also split with the governor by questioning McAuliffe’s power to keep government running without a budget or to expand Medicaid on his own. Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr. (R-Augusta) offered a proposal to end the General Assembly’s budget-Medicaid stalemate, which threatens to shut down state government if it is not resolved by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year (Vozzella, 5/29).
The Associated Press: Senators Offers Compromise On Medicaid Impasses
Republican state Sen. Emmett Hanger of Augusta proposed Thursday changing how the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission votes on whether to expand Medicaid eligibility. Under current law, no expansion can take place unless the commission votes for it. Hanger is proposing that eligibility expand automatically unless actively voted against by the commission (5/29).