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Lawmakers of opposing views lead Medicaid overhaul

They’ll chair legislative panel charged to reform Medicaid with eye to possible expansion

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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 9:59 am | Updated: 10:02 am, Tue Jun 18, 2013.

A new legislative commission on overhauling Virginia’s Medicaid program elected as its leaders two Republicans from Augusta County leaning in different directions on possible expansion of the health care program for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians.

Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr. was named chairman of the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission, and Del. R. Steven Landes its vice chairman in the first meeting of the panel since the General Assembly created it as a gatekeeper for expanding Virginia’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.

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