Several hundred supporters of Medicaid expansion gathered at the state Capitol to send a message to lawmakers who are deadlocked on the issue.
People attending Saturday's rally carried signs reading "We need Medicaid expansion now" and chanted, "Get sick, go broke, unacceptable." They also heard from two military veterans, a fast-food worker and a child-care provider who fall into what advocates call the Medicaid "coverage gap."
The Medicaid disagreement caused the General Assembly to adjourn a week ago without passing the $96 billion two-year state budget.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his fellow Democrats in the General Assembly want a budget that includes accepting federal Medicaid funds to expand coverage to as many as 400,000 additional residents. Republicans who control the House of Delegates oppose expansion.