Mamie E. Locke

Talks a good sign for Medicaid expansion?

Talks a good sign for Medicaid expansion?

Virginia legislators are starting to talk to one another about expanding Medicaid -- instead of at one another -- and that’s a positive sign the state will take steps to help provide health insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians, a senior Democratic legislator said Thursday.

“We’re having conversations now. We weren’t doing that before, and that’s important,” state Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, chairwoman of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

Locke wants to see the full expansion of Medicaid, to cover adults with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level by using Affordable Care Act dollars.

House Minority Leader David Toscano,...