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Va. Republicans call for Medicaid audit

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are proposing a new audit of the state's Medicaid program, which Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to expand.

GOP leaders reiterated their stance at a Capitol news conference Monday that they don't think Medicaid is going to expand this year.

McAuliffe has made expanding the publically funded program, which provides health insurance to the poor, a top priority of his administration.

Under the new federal health care law, the federal government would cover the cost of adding the 400,000 Virginians eligible for expansion for the first three years.

Republicans said the program is currently rife with fraud and waste, and the audit is needed to identify possible reforms.

Last week, the McAuliffe administration released revised budget projections predicting the state would save money under the federal law.

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