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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says the health care plan proposed by House Republicans in Congress still has a long way to go.

He said it's too soon to say how the legislation will affect Maryland residents.

The Republican governor said states that expanded Medicaid need to be considered as lawmakers work on the legislation.

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If you have questions about your Maryland state taxes you’ll be able to get some help from a new call center located on the Eastern Shore.

Yesterday Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot along with other officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony.

He said, “I am very excited to open this call center. It’s the very first one. And we’re doing it on the Shore. Because we care about the Shore. It’s a region that the state of Maryland is lucky to have.”

The center will create some 25 jobs and is located in Salisbury University’s Sea Gull Square complex.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he'll make a renewed push to expand Medicaid now that Republican primaries are over and the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.

McAuliffe said Thursday in a conference call with reporters that the Republican lawmakers who have previously blocked Medicaid expansion will be more open to compromise during next year's legislative session.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - 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.

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A Gallup survey found that Delaware is number three among states with the best rates of getting uninsured people health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

But state official believe the gap may be wider than the survey indicates.

The report found that the state had a 7.2 percent decline for those with no health insurance coverage.

That’s behind Arkansas with 10.1% and Kentucky with 8.5%.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that all the leaders expanded eligibility for Medicaid and implemented their own exchanges.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republican legislative leaders are scheduling a special session in September to debate whether to expand Medicaid eligibility, something GOP lawmakers have already made clear they oppose.

House Speaker William J. Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment announced Wednesday the General Assembly will be back into session during the week of Sept. 22.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia House of Delegates has thrown out two of Governor Terry McAuliffe's line-item budget vetoes.

House Speaker William J. Howell ruled Monday tht McAuliff's vetoes were outside the scope fo the governor's authority.

The move effectively overrides the vetoes without the House having to vote on them.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A proposed small procedural change to a legislative commission may be the starting point of a compromise that ends a months-long impasse over the Virginia state budget.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to propose a 2 percent raise for state employees when lawmakers return to Richmond for a special session in which they will try to pass a roughly $96 billion two-year budget.

McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said Sunday that the raise would apply to virtually all full-time state employees and would go into effect in March 2015. Coy declined to say from where the roughly $200 million to cover the raises will come.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates is set to vote against a proposal to accept federal Medicaid funding.

A largely symbolic full floor vote is scheduled for Thursday. Republican leaders said they wanted to show they are united in opposition to a proposal by the Democratically controlled Senate to expand publicly funded health insurance coverage for low-income Virginians.

Democrats and a few Republican senators want Virginia to take the federal funds, saying the state's working poor need the extra help.