Speakers Seek Medicaid Expansion

Lawmakers Hear From Public On Outgoing Governor’s Proposed $95.9B Budget

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Posted: January 4, 2014

LEFT TO RIGHT: Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, and Del. Ed Scott, R-Culpeper, listen to a woman speak during a public hearing on Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed budget Friday at the James Madison University Festival Conference and Student Center. (Photos by Nikki Fox)
Nancy Hopkins-Garriss, executive director of Broadway-based Pleasant View Inc., a support service for the disabled, addresses a public hearing to comment on Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed $95.9 billion budget Friday afternoon at the JMU Festival Conference and Student Center. Many of the nearly 40 speakers offered suggestions on what the final budget should include, with several urging an expansion of Medicaid to cover more low-income and disabled Virginians.
About 40 people turned out to address lawmakers regarding Gov. Bob McDonnell’s final draft budget during a hearing Friday on the James Madison University campus.

HARRISONBURG — Supporters of expanding Medicaid in Virginia and increasing access to services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities dominated a two-hour public hearing Friday…

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