Governor Northam announced that his administration has suspended negotiations with the federal government on the Medicaid work requirement, citing that “it is unlikely Virginia will move forward with funding a program that could cause tens of thousands of Virginians to lose health care coverage.” The work requirement was agreed upon in good faith and it appears the governor is now backing off his agreement.
When Republicans reached across the aisle to pass Medicaid Expansion, we did so with the good faith expectation that Gov. Northam would follow through and work to obtain a waiver from the federal government to implement the work requirement.
Governor Northam announced recently that he was suspending negotiations with the federal government, broadly hinting that he was running out the clock until Democrats take control and can formally rescind the requirement.
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