Democrats Hope New Delegates Improve Medicaid Expansion Odds

By: Michael Pope 

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For freshman Delegate Wendy Gooditis, a Democrat from Clarke County, the fight for expanding Medicaid is personal. “I lost my brother to PTSD and alcoholism two weeks after I announced my candidacy,  a candidacy that came about in large part because of the last two years of my brother’s life,” Gooditis said during a news conference Thursday.

Now, Gooditis and her colleagues on the Democratic side of the aisle are hoping this could finally be the year to expand health insurance to 400,000 Virginians who live in poverty or with disabilities.

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