ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP)- Just over 300,000 low-income Virginia adults have enrolled in the state’s expanded Medicaid program.

Gov. Ralph Northam made the announcement Wednesday at a health center in Alexandria.

State officials have previously estimated that roughly 400,000 adults would be newly eligible for Medicaid under the expansion lawmakers approved last year.

Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey said in a news release that more than 229,100 newly eligible adults had received some type of health service.

The news release from the governor’s office also says nearly two-thirds of new members reported going without medical care in the year prior to receiving health coverage.

Locally, Mozella Francis reported that after Governor Northam expanded medicaid, 4 out of every 10 residents in Northampton County now are on the program designed to pay for medical care for low in come individuals.



Alexa WESR