Sixteen years ago, Virginia’s governor didn’t want to expand the state’s Medicaid program as one way to take advantage of federal funds that otherwise would be spent in other states.

A showdown with the General Assembly ultimately produced a budget compromise that created a children’s health insurance program that wasn’t Medicaid, even though it looked like it, and ultimately evolved into a commercial insurance program for uninsured children who didn’t qualify for Medicaid.

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