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Virginia lawmakers pass budget that thwarts Medicaid expansion

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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:45 pm | Updated: 3:51 pm, Fri Jun 13, 2014.

Senate Republicans on Thursday night used their new majority to pass a two-year budget that eliminates any opportunity for Gov. Terry McAuliffe or a year-old legislative commission to expand Medicaid or a private insurance alternative.

They were backed by House Republicans who said they would not approve the budget -- even though Senate Democrats and moderate Republicans had removed an insurance marketplace -- unless it included language to prevent any expansion without the approval of the full General Assembly.

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