Thomas K. Norment, Jr.

Virginia set to expand Medicaid, pass state budget

Virginia is on the verge of expanding Medicaid after years of partisan battle.

The GOP-controlled General Assembly is set to pass a state budget Wednesday that's expected to expand Medicaid eligibility to about 400,000 low-income adults.

The vote comes after anti-expansion Republican senators failed Tuesday to block expansion in a last-ditch parliamentary effort.

After a Senate committee made up of mostly anti-expansion Republican lawmakers rejected amendments to expand Medicaid, Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment tried to get the panel to reject them a second time.

The move could have blocked pro-expansion lawmakers from reviving the amendments during a...