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McAuliffe to Announce Health Care Plans Monday

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    McAuliffe to Announce Health Care Plans Monday
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    MOUNT VERNON, VA - FEBRUARY 17: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe makes remarks during the "Official Observance of Washington's Birthday with the Governor" event at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, February 17, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Monday is President's Day in the United States, where the nation celebrates the presidential birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to unveil his plan to increase health care coverage for the state's poor. The Democratic governor will speak publicly Monday on his plans for health care expansion.

    The governor unsuccessfully tried to persuade Republican lawmakers to expand Medicaid during this year's legislative session. The impasse led to a protracted stalemate over the state budget that ended with a GOP victory.

    In June, McAuliffe ordered Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. William A. Hazel Jr. to present a plan no later than Sept. 1 on options the governor can exercise to expand health care coverage for low-income Virginians. Republicans have said the governor does not have the legal authority to expand Medicaid unilaterally.