The panel considering Medicaid expansion in Virginia had its final meeting of 2013 last Tuesday, according to NBC 29 in Charlottesville.
The Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission met at the General Assembly Building in Richmond to discuss potentially expanding Medicaid to 400,000 low-income Virginians under the Affordable Care Act. The commission was established in 2012 as a compromise between Democrats and Republicans. The panel is tasked with ensuring that cost-saving reforms are achieved before Virginia considers an expansion.
Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) supports expanding the entitlement program, which has grown to account for 20 percent of the state’s budget in recent years.